New cooling solution prototype

  • Why not use something like the berd air? All you have is a small piece of aluminium tube and some silicone hose. Takes up less room and also reduces weight.


  • @RCarlyle
    Only one vertical 'post' is directly touching the the sock and that's only because the heat block is rotated the way it is. The two other posts have about 8-10mm clearance to the sock, just rotating the heatblock 45 degrees would give more than enough clearance on all vertical posts.
    However i think contact to the silicon sock is not a problem as the plastic is a very poor at transfering heat, so only a part of the post is getting warm (and the silicon itself limits the amount of heat transfered, too). My hotend cooling fan printed from PLA dropped directly touching the heatblock and only melted at the contact surface.

    I already considered the berd air and i may use it if my design fails.
    However the berd air has a lot of downsides:

    • noisy
    • additional electronics needed
    • additional mounting parts needed
    • not easy to assemble
    • still requires separate hotend cooling fan
    • no international shipping from the United States to Europe and not available locally

    In fact the berd air was one of the inspirations for my design as i wanted to design something that provides similar performance but without some of the downsides. Of course my design has other downsides like the amount of space needed and additional weight at the effector...

  • @Nuvag

    The berd air is actually quite quiet. I only have to run mine at maximum 30% speed. The assembly is actually really easy and I have not had to add any extra electronics as I have remapped a heater output for the air pump. I like it as there is very little hanging around the heat sink. Yes you still need the hot end fan but you have dropped the weight of a heavy blower or two as well as printed parts. I drew up a clamp for the pipe that is two pieces and I was sorted. As for shipping, I just brought a pump of aliexpress and went and got some aluminium tube from a hobby shop and the silicone tube from a pet store for the pipe (was the cheapest place to get it)

    Those are my thoughts anyway.

    Regards Sam

  • @Nuvag I like it! Have you thingiversed it yet?

  • @samlogan87
    Which inner/outer diameter silicone tube did you use?

    No i'm still iterating on the design, but i uploaded the stl here so you can have a look:
    0_1543426343933_Fan Duct.stl

    I designed it for printing with my 0.25mm nozzle, so wall thickness is usually 0.6mm. Should be printable with a 0.4mm nozzle as single walls however. Layer height: 0.15mm
    I added a sacrificial bridge where the nozzle will go.
    Magnets used are: dia 5mm, length 8mm but you can use smaller ones and glue them in.
    Blower: dia 50mm, width 15mm, hotend fan: 40x10mm
    Weight is down to 12.9 grams in the current iteration.

  • @nuvag said in New cooling solution prototype:

    No i'm still iterating on the design, but i uploaded the stl here so you can have a look:
    0_1543426343933_Fan Duct.stl

    Thanks, man, I will take a look.

  • "Berd-Air": "555 pump" on AliExpress 12/24V, silicone hose from aquarium pumps, 4mm OD/3mm ID pipe (I have brass b/c that is what I've found) ~ $20 in total. Beats the hell out of any fan in terms of actual moved air. Fans are nice if there is zero backpressure.
    Bonus: near instant start-up. Show me a fan that has this.

  • The design is now up at thingiverse:

    Sorry for the delay, i had to setup a new pc and was on vacation for a few weeks.
    I incorporated some small improvements but noting major changed.

    It's still a work in progress and im not happy about some design choices:

    • the 'fingers' that point to the nozzle can deform easily and get destroyed
    • the air blows at the nozzle and is reflected down, this cools the nozzle and heats up the air
    • i can no longer see the nozzle while printing, maybe a 270 degrees cooling would be good enough?
    • the 50mm blower is probably oversized, i may try a 40mm blower

    I did print one using Taulman Alloy 910 (Nylon), but havn't tested it yet.

  • The description of states that there is no improvement going from the 180 degree version to 270 or 360 degree versions when printing Benchy, but the author also states they went with the 270 version. So, a 270 version would be nice (-:

  • I suspect if the air can be directed very close to the nozzle tip it isn't necessary to provide a 360 degree cooling.

    My current plans for the next iteration:

    • 270 degrees cooling, so the nozzle tip can be seen again during printing
    • remove the 'fingers' and prohibit the air from blowing directly at the nozzle so the air stays cooler
    • use a 40mm blower instead of 50mm to reduce footprint and weight
    • maybe use a 40mm blower for the e3d heatsink as well? The fan duct uses a lot of space currently

    Any idea where i can get a high quality 40mm 24V blower fan?
    The 50mm one i'm currently using has pretty bad vibrations 😞

    Maybe the old style silicon sock would be better suited as it shielded the nozzle better.
    I suspect the radiated heat from the nozzle is a problem both for the print and the fan duct.

    Where the screw that tightens the heater cartridge radiates heat, the fan duct fails first. It burns a hole in the PLA the size of the screw head.


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