Thread: Air cooling/SWARF removal
Okay running into the cooling/SWARF problem and looking at options and they are as follows:
Designing a plate to go on the machine to allow SWARF being directly sucked up and hoping the air flow provides some indirect air cooling (not the best option but gets swarf out of the way).
Getting input on designing a compressor based (type to be determined within a budget) for putting a directed jet of air on the tool tip to remove swarf from the cutting area and directed cooling.
Using a combination of the two above to put air on the tip while sucking up the swarf with some form of area pick up.
My head is done in at the moment with client work and getting ready for a convention in the US, so any information or ideas would be greatly welcomed.
Off-topic, but where can I buy a coolant nozzle? The snake looking type for flood milling.
The cooling due to the air flow from sucking up the swarf will be negligible. I've found the compressed air method to be effective at clearing the swarf when milling Nylon (which is not the plastic you're cutting if I recall correctly), but didn't actually notice any change in the finish since with a single flute tool there's plenty of room for the swarf anyway.
Bear in mind the duty cycle rating on the air compressor you get as you will want to run it continuously, otherwise you will overheat and ultimately break it. Expect to buy a compressor rated for a much higher power / capacity to compensate for having to run it continuously.
Micheal, I'd go for a combination of both. Small jet aimed at the cutter to keep things cool, and a vac to try and control the swarf.
The main thing I suspect you need to aim for is to get the swarf away from the cutting area, so the cutter isn't re-cutting swarf and clogging itself.
And I know how you feel. I thought I had finaly got some time to catch up with a few of my own projects, however the paying job list has just grown :-/
(if anybody can magically weld a crankshaft back together without dismantling anything, there's a tractor sitting outside with said problem...)
Tenson, the brand name stuff is Loc-Line, however there are a good few cheaper versions around. The last stuff I got was from Arc Euro Trade, but most engineering type suppliers have it in some form.
Micheal I'm with M_C on this.! Keep the air to a minimum other wise you'll need a large CFM compressor and tank. Low direct pressure is all thats needed to clear the chips enough to stop re-cutting then good vacuum will do the rest.
Re cooling the spindle (which is what I think you mean when you say "indirect cooling") then I'd forget the compessed air route has the volume required would be large, the electricty alone of running a big compressor would pay for a water cooled spindle given time.!!
Maybe design some outer rap-around water cooled jacket type affair.??? Bit like an hot water bottle in reverse. .
Now comes the fun of designing something that will work and getting the materials. That and going back and remembering everything I forgot from almost 20 yrs ago with pneumatics. Thanks will design a bracket that includes both so that everything will work together. Luckily have the triton Cyclonic vacuum trap and that is helping out in the shop massively.
M_C if you need any cutting done let me know as not that far up the road from you (we live about a mile off the bypass). Any help you need just give me a bell.
So Looking at either a 24 liter tank and low pressure with an outside storage unit for the compress next to the shop or looking on ebay for a used hydrovane (lots of luck on that one) in good condition (need even better luck on that) and getting a brace in the roof to put a track on so the hoses can follow (decreasing the amount of hard angles is a good thing with vacuum).
Thanks folks and have a great day and weekend.
I've got a couple engine driven hydrovane compressors needing collected. They're likely of 80's/early 90's vintage, but will of seen little work. I just want the engines, so you're welcome to the compressors if they're any use.
Good thing with either really... most important is to use as big conduit/tube as you can.
You need to keep the air speed up, or it'll drop the solids and clog!
30-06-2012 #9Good thing with either really... most important is to use as big conduit/tube as you can.
Bear in mind that I have an A4 machine and am only cutting small parts...
I am thinking about trying a fridge compressor to provide a continuous stream of air to the tool and using a vacuum cleaner to remove chips. I am mainly going to machine acrylics and I know I have a lot to learn about, but with thermoplastic materials I understand that build-up on the tool will ruin work very quickly and easily.
The Vac is a Wickes workshop vac and I am thinking of making a holster with a microswitch in it to switch it of when the nozzle is put in it.
My view is against any shrouding round the cutter as I like to see what's going on.
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