A combination E3Dv6 fan duct and dc42 IR height sensor mount, compatible with either E3D's original, or new style heater block + silicone sock.
Primary design goal:
Absolute minimal z-axis and rotational movement relative to the E3Dv6 Heatsink, by inherent firm rotational and vertical clamping pressure.
For greater peace of mind, a method to mechanically secure the duct to an E3Dv6 heatsink in rotation could be incorporated, possibly by way of a locking grub-screw or other clamp arrangement.
This part is freely available for further derivation directly in Onshape - links are available in the section 'How I Designed This', below.
Feedback here or in Onshape is much appreciated.
0.5mm nozzle, 0.3mm layer height, x1 (0.42mm) perimeter
- Designed to be printed with the duct inlet face flat to the print bed.
- I found that when printed at 50mm/s (compared to 30mm/s) the internal corner geometry is created 'slightly mis-formed' and this noticeably improves the part's grip on an E3Dv6 Heatsink - especially rotational grip. Z-position grip on the Heatsink appears to be equally good independent of print speed. This isn't ideal from a design perspective, but there you go - it is V1. Please leave any print-experience feedback in the comments and I'll consider tweaking the geometry.
- Zero or very minimal cleanup was the goal. Please post any contrary experience in the comments.
- All the holes have small chamfers to offset the tendency of the fixing screws pulling material out of the holes.
- To prevent a gap forming between fan and duct during assembly (due to the E3D supplied fan mounting screw threads also positively engaging with the fan mounting hole internal walls) it is best to rest the duct with its exit side flat on a bench while screwing the fan to the duct and applying positive pressure to both through the screwdriver.
- The Sensor PCB can be mounted on either side of the tabs; I've yet to gain any experience to suggest a more favourable side of the tabs. Currently I have mine mounted on the inside of the tabs, to place it as close as possible to the nozzle. Electrical-short protection is provided by Kapton tape applied over the rear of the PCB prior to assembly and additionally by the E3D silicon sock over the heater block. Furthermore on my printer - any significant rotation that might cause a short is prevented by the proximity of the duct and fan to the X-axis bearings.
Designed in Onshape - post processed in MoI3D
Currently, Onshape doesn't have the capability to create the variable radius fillets visible along each of the four curved external edges of this part. To create those, the part V0 was exported as an STP file and the variable radius fillet details were added using MoI3D. Finally, the dumb solid was re-uploaded to Onshape as part V1.
The closest workaround to the variable radius fillet problem I came up with is the part B1 - for reference only.
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