[Lab] dust control on small cnc
darcy at inventorartist.com
Sat Aug 30 10:18:47 EDT 2014
In the end, I revived an older project to make a dust skirt.
I wasn't happy with it at the time since it seemed a bit clumsy. But in
retrospect I think it will work so I will see how that goes.
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On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM, Darcy Whyte <darcy at inventorartist.com>
> So I was just dusting around my CNC and after shoveling it off the floor
> underneath I think it's time to finally get this under control.
> I had this idea of making a box around it (very light out of thin wood and
> use some clear plastic sheet (like from a clear shower curtain). The theory
> was that the machine would do it's business under the curtain, then after
> the dust is settled, I lift it and remove the workpiece. I imagined having
> it on a hoist so I could just move it up to the ceiling.
> Then I got thinking, boy that would be a big awkward ugly mess.
> What about just building a box on the gantry that would ride along the
> gantry. The front flap could flip up and drape over the top (like those old
> cameras with the curtain you could get access to the cutting area even when
> it's running).
> I thought wow, that'd be a much smaller box and could probably stay
> attached all the time.
> Then I got thinking... what about just building a box around the the
> truck/cutter. Then it would ride back and forth on the gantry. It'd be
> The dust would be prone to float around inside it but if the skirt is
> close to the workpiece not much dust would escape... So it would mostly
> settle on the workpiece...
> At that rate you may as well attach a vacuum.
> But then we're back where we started. I made one of those and the little
> skirt got in the way and the vacuum was noisy.... And it was a pain to
> change the endmill.
> What I'm trying to accomplish is to have all the dust settle on the work
> area and not get airborn...
> I'm stuck in a loop.
> Darcy Whyte
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