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    Making dust pickups, adapters etc

    My Dust Cobra has a 2 1/4" hose which I use to vacuum the shop and connect to machines as I use them. It came with a wand and a few attachments. Having spent years designing industrial dust collection, I am not happy with the dust pickups and other hose end devices. They are designed by hacks who don't test their product. So I made a couple, one from PVC pipe and one from stiff paper and wood. The PVC attachment for vacuuming the floor is better than the one provided but there is room to improve. The paper and wood pickup works great on the bench top for sanding and routing but is just a mockup. It should be more durable. The traditional plastic used is the right stuff but I don't know how to work with it. Any suggestions?

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    I believe the plastics for most vacuum attachments are injection molded. Those machines are tens of thousands of dollars so getting the same plastic doesn't seem practical unless you know someone who already does injection molding. I like your thoughts on the attachment modifications though with pvc. Any pictures?

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    You could make a male mould the shape you want for best airflow etc., out of plaster, coat with mould release or wax and fibre glass it. Smash out the plaster when done. Or if the shape is more complex make the mould out of styrofoam and use epoxy to fibre glass it. When cured the styrofoam can be dissolved out with acetone.

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    PVC can be heated and shaped over a form. It can also be glued easily.
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    I made several of my 6" dust collection fittings from PVC Sewer and drain pipe. Just heat the pipe until it gets soft. You can hand shape it with gloves or bend it around a form.
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    Fiberglass was what I was thinking but hoping for something easier.

    I have tried bending PVC with some success, but it didn't seem promising for a new fabrication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bender View Post
    Fiberglass was what I was thinking but hoping for something easier.

    I have tried bending PVC with some success, but it didn't seem promising for a new fabrication.
    Tom, photos or drawings of your prototypes may trigger useful ideas for fabrication methods. JKJ

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    3D printing can make pretty much any shape or contour. Most 3D printers use plastic so you could make a prototype that is more durable and exact than paper or cardboard. You would have to learn 3D design and the printers aren't exactly cheap. Some community colleges offer courses in 3D design and they may also have printers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Schierer View Post
    3D printing can make pretty much any shape or contour. Most 3D printers use plastic so you could make a prototype that is more durable and exact than paper or cardboard. You would have to learn 3D design and the printers aren't exactly cheap. Some community colleges offer courses in 3D design and they may also have printers.
    Some 3D printers can extrude several different plastics with varying properties, including fillers for strength - perhaps even durable enough for routine use?? Might be able to get a design fabricated by an existing 3D owner, or with/by a Makerspace group.

    Not to rain of the parade, but I made a living at injection molding (...some time back), and while high volume production is relatively cheap, a ticket to the dance is steep. Guessing, but in today's dollars I'd bet a small injection molding machine (50 ton) might run $250,000 or more. Large machines (500 ton and up) would probably cost well into the millions. Tho' if you buy the mold(s) (maybe $100,000 for a small one..???), a contract molder might produce parts for you. IMHO, I'd think you need to get a pretty serious sales commitment before taking this 'ride'.

    Any history buffs out there? I've not looked into the history of 3D printing, but I'd speculate that the very high entry cost of injection molding gave rise to 3D printing...?
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    20+ years ago we leased a stereolithography machine for the purpose of prototyping parts. At that time I understand the cost of the machine was over $1 million.
    That, I believe, was the forerunner of the 3d printing equipment of today. (watching that machine produce a part was something like watching grass grow)

    Having been in the appliance manufacturing business, injection molding machines were in common use. Cincinnati Milacron made most of our behemoths.
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    Ok can we back up to a toy called vacuform? Some youtube vids make it look fairly easy. Would need to work with some heavier plastic or make multiple layers. Anyone done this?

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    Seems to me I would google image search existing attachments by various companies, find what looks good for you, buy it, test it attached w tape or whatever.

    If it works like you hope, you can easily make it fit to your hose or whatever w a bit of creative thinking.

    Possibly using off shelf PVC plumbing pipe or fittings.

    There are posts on this forum, plus a number of Youtube videos on PVC custom adapters using PVC glue and/ or heating.

    Don't be afraid of the heating and re forming.. works great.



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    Last edited by Marc Jeske; 02-19-2018 at 6:58 PM.

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    Actually I'm thinking of working in sheetmetal, as I have some experience there.

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