Hotend Fan Mount 50mm for Printrbot
by sfcgeorge, published
This mount goes between the x-carriage and extruder body to hold a fan at 45degrees to the hot end. It was designed to fit the Printrbot, but may fit other printers too. It holds a 50mm diameter fan.
The benefits of using this are twofold. Firstly, each layer of a print cools faster, enabling higher quality at faster speeds and on smaller objects. Secondly, it helps cool down the hotend so that it is less likely to warp the extruder body.
I made the mount quite thick at 6mm to raise the hotend up a little and give more z space. On my Printrbot up to 10mm of extra z space could be gained by raising the hotend.
Note, this style fan mount should only be used with insulated hotends, otherwise the hotend will cool down too much and perform poorly.
I printed mine at 0.3mm layer height and 30% infill. It doesn't feel rock solid so a higher infill may be beneficial, though that would also increase wight. It prints fine without support, though you will need to use 'cool' or slow down the print. Ironically this print would benefit from a fan. I've been using a small desk fan blowing across the print bed after the first few layers.
Use longer M3 bolts to mount this between the extruder and x-carriage. Use another two M3 bolts and nuts to attach the fan, cable ties may also work.
The SCAD file is provided, though a little messy. In the current configuration it fits a 50mm diameter fan where the holes are spaced 40mm apart.