Printrbot Printrboard cooling fan bar mount

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Printrbot Printrboard cooling fan bar mount by sfcgeorge Aug 12, 2012
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This thing allows you to mount a 70mm (OD) PC cooling fan to the back 2 bars of a Printrbot, thus blowing air across the Printrboard (specifically the stepper drivers). While I haven't heard any reports of Printrboards failing, I wanted to prolong the life of mine as long as possible. I run the fan directly off 5V from an ATX - it is a 12V fan so at this potential difference it runs slower and quieter providing a gentle airflow. At higher speed the cooling might be so great that it negatively affects the performance of the heated bed above.


Print the plastic mount, I used ABS with no support material. There are some overhangs, but they are small and come out fine. PLA should also work, but I think the slight flexibility of ABS gives it the edge for this application.

Attach the top of the fan to the mount with 2 zip ties first. The 2 zip ties used to attach bottom of the fan must also go round the bottom threaded rod of the Printrbot, do this next. Finally wrap 2 zip ties around the middle nubs of the mount and the top threaded rod of the Printrbot - this is incredibly fiddly if the bot is already fully assembled but it is possible, try using pliers, tweezers and patience. Taking off the print bed would make it easier if you're really struggling.

I have provided the SCAD file so that you can change parameters to suit a different fan, but space is very tight down there and I haven't tested any other sizes so check your work!

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I want to let you know that I was having problems with my printrboard stopping in the middle of my prints, especially on hot days. As soon as I put a fan blowing on the controller, it started printing fine. Thanks.

Really? I have the LC V2 and the same issues. I thought it is a bug in repetierServer (running on a raspberry pi). But I also noticed that the board is extremely hot.
My issues are:

  • printer stops (after a random time, but it has to be a > 1 hour print)
  • extruder temperature will be kept on 200° C

  • a 200° C noozle is melting down the plastic under it
    => perhaps my house will burn down if I'm not at home

Can you confirm this issues? So all I have to do is cooling the board?

Try it. No harm in extra cooling, and everyone's set-up will be slightly different. You could also try turning down the stepper pots.

Fantastic, thank you for sharing that! I'd hear of stepper driver chips getting hot and burning out but was told that the Printrboard didn't suffer from this. Interesting to hear otherwise. I'm glad I've been using a fan now that you've confirmed it's useful. One more thing you could try is turning down the trim pots so that less current goes through the stepper drivers as some early Printrboards were set too high (but setting them too low will cause missed steps too).