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Yelmo
(@yelmo)
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Enclosure ideas w/ Air filtration?

How has everyone created an enclosed system that filters the particles from prints? I have considered created an enclosure from clear polycarbonate, with a fan and HEPA filter on one side.

Things of Note:

  • Considering that some materials require stable air - the fan would need an on/off switch, only turning on after the print is complete.
  • Where can I find data on the size of the microparticles emitted? (to gauge efficacy of HEPA filters or soldering fume extractors)
Posted : 22/06/2021 9:35 pm
fuchsr
(@fuchsr)
Noble Member
RE: Enclosure ideas w/ Air filtration?

if you Google for Prusa enclosures you'll find a handful of commercial options, most--if not all--of which provide the option to add a filter. They're not cheap but if you print a lot of potentially dangerous filament types it may be well worth it. I can't recommend any in particular as 80% of what I print is PETG so I'm fine with a LACK enclosure for the occasional ABS. 

Posted : 24/06/2021 1:17 pm
Dan Rogers
(@dan-rogers)
Noble Member
RE: Enclosure ideas w/ Air filtration?

I use a makergadgets enclosure - It came with a HEPA filter and active carbon filter built into the chamber, weather sealed doors and has an option for a programmable exhaust fan that I made a 2.5 inch duct adapter to fit.  The combination lets me run the enclosure closed (with the HEPA filter running) for printing ABS - this helps keep the temp up so warping is controlled nicely - and then the thermostatic exhaust fan will pull air (well above the print surface) out and let new air in.  The exhaust fan can be pre-installed so that it only exhausts air that has passed thru the HEPA and active carbon filter layers.  You can find their options at makergadgets.org.  It comes flat packed - you have to put it together - but that was part of the fun.  The folks at makergadgets.org are very supportive, and run a small biz selling enclosures and related gadgets.

Posted : 24/06/2021 1:31 pm
gglockner
(@gglockner)
Eminent Member
RE: Enclosure ideas w/ Air filtration?

If your location allows it, even better than a filter is simply to vent the fumes to the outside. I added a clothes dryer vent to my wall and connected my enclosure to it. A fan inside the enclosure pushes the air out. This reduces the smell and health risks.

This post was modified 4 months ago by gglockner
Posted : 25/06/2021 8:56 pm
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