Ducted cooling fan

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Ducted cooling fan by swosho Jun 29, 2011
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I really wanted one of Iwo's ducted cooling fan ( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5756 ), but only had a 40mm fan, so I printed his thing, then made an adapter ring to fit my junk box 40mm fan.


Print Iwo's ducted cooling fan http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5756 then print one of these adaptor plates. It just presses into the top of Iwo's design. You could drop a little acetone onto the join to glue it, but I haven't found the need. I have found a little strip of double sided tape is necessary to keep the whole duct in place on the build platform (can be seen in the photos through the bottom).

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Thank you for the adapter, for some reason, I don't think I would have thought of this. ;)

You're welcome. I'm constantly amazed at what other people invent.

So hows the performance? Help in the tip cooling? No more threading?

You really need a stepper extruder to kill the threading, and that would be the single best upgrade I made to my system, but the fan is great for solidifying the extruded plastic, particularly PLA. I found that just slowing down the time it took to print a layer created problems with the PLA melting up the extruder stem (so much so that I put a ducted fan there too).