Simple platform cooler
by Renosis, published
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This is a simple mounting system for a fan. It was designed for a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic. I am pretty sure it will work for a cupcake. I needed some simple solution while I wait for my MK6 stepstruder. I was trying to print cube gears by Emmett http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6073 (observe picture: Black print before fan, Blue print after fan). Anyway, I needed something easier to install, adjust, repoint and remove than Around the Nozzle Cooling http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6173 by Scanlime or Ducted fan http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5756 by Iwo, which are far better solutions than this. But from my understanding, I won't need it with the stepper extruder because of the 'cool' skeinforge plugin.
You can use Quarter inch dowels to put it together or you can do what I did and get Plastruct polystyrene rods, which I linked to at the bottom or go to your hobby store, every one I have been to has a Plastruct Polystyrene stand. You will also need the 6 bolts and 6 nuts listed. The square bracket and the two rod mounting thingies in Fan-1-mount.stl connect the fan to the rods. The parts in Fan-2-Mount connect the bracket to the Z platform. Just look at this pictures, you'll figure it out. I don't have my fan controller hooked up right now, because I don't have it yet. Make sure when you cut the rods, you mind where the Z-platform is going, don't make them too long, or you'll bang it into something when the bot prints. I don't have exact measurements, but the Rod going X wise is about 16 CM. The two rods going in the Y direction are about 8 - 10 cm.
The connectors could probably be made alot smaller but this was a temporary solution and I am probably not going to fix it. It works perfectly like it is. Of course around the nozzle cooling or ducted fan would be better, because this doesn't reach the back of the print too well and it cools the nozzle having the fan blow on it. And these might be a better solution too: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6758 or the classic http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6471 .
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