Thread: DIY Vacuum Fixtures
lately i have been doing a lot of repetitive stuff plus i need also for sanding, so i decided its time to make some specific vacuum fixtures plus 1 more universal.
So i decided to use the second compressor i have. Bought programmable digital vacuum pressure switch, its on the way. Will fit that near the CNC or on it to avoid vibration from the compressor, it outputs 5v on off signal, so its easy to wire it to input pin. Then will switch the compressor via some relay on the BOB
Mean while i looked at all the design solutions all over the net. Some were very interesting.
I will start making 2 specific fixtures to hold down 200mm OD circle pieces of wood. Here i will use thicker gasket, to compensate if the wood is not perfectly straight.
Now another thing to have in mind is that when i finish the big machine i am building, then i would like to make much more fixtures, so i would like to stick with one size.
While i have it almost all clear, there still remains a question.
What size tubing? Having in mind i will use always compressor directly. No shop vacs , ventury, no pumps or whatever. I am thinking of something minimalist like say 4mmx2.5mm. M6 at the other side.
-Am i right that the smaller the tubing the faster the vacuum will be achieved? And that small is good for my specific case?
-Also i will most possibly do it 2x 6-8mm aluminum that will sandwich 10-12mm plastic. So not a lot of space for connectors in the plastic
Below is a table for quick hose connectors. Left is the tube, right is the fixtrure side thread.
For those interested here is the piece that is needed at the compressor side . Note that its not like the one i bought so it does NOT have 5V TTL output i believe. Though is the cheapest best buy at 40euro shipped.
Will down pressure from the cutting tool compress the thicker gasket and make Z0 lower ?Spelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted
I'm also very interested in making some vacuum fixures soon so I'll be watching your progress keenly. I have not done any real investigation yet but I guess the thinner the ID of the tube the better because I don't think high flow volume is required and keep tube lengths to a minimum. I mean long thick tubes will need a bigger vacuum tank to handle the initial suction. Not sure but I don't think all types of quick connect couplers that are designed for pressure will seal properly when used for vacuum so maybe just confirm that with the vendor.
I'm curious when you say "compressor", do you mean vacuum pump or will you be using a compressor with one of those compressed air vacuum generators or is there another way?
Compare the price to this; http://www.trend-uk.com/en/UK/produc...make_kit_.htmlSpelling mistakes are not intentional, I only seem to see them some time after I've posted
Much more better Eddy
That was the first one i found on my search and was going to see if Trend carried spares for the vacuum pad.
Thanks for that Eddy
Just bought one for the come in handy box
Here using the left side bar menu, you could see all types of vacuum systems used on CNC.
I like the VAC-MAT and tried to purchase only the mats which are sacrificial but still no response. This is one very clever product but its price is prohibitive. Though i still hope that the mats could be at reasonable price.
I especially like the FLIP-POD Vacuum System and parts for it could be made at home or purchased. Especially nice for a big machine.
The Metapor Chucks are also favorite of mine. I will make something similar for starters, cause that's what i need, 2 of them. Of course i don't have sintered breathing aluminum so i will use some breathing mat in the middle or nothing at all. cause as i said they will be job specific.
Simple Vac clamps also will do the job
Here they have some materials, i will buy my self the Vill MIll mat for small details , if i don't find something similar where i live.
Had to split the post, too many images
The universal table i am going to make will be grid and perforated at the same time.Similar to what they sell here. By the way the best ones i have seen for the buck. So if you are lazy...
They seem quite a deal. What i like is the small air holes 0.6-0.3mm so it will still suck if holes are open. They can be surfaved /3mm/ and if you dig by accident, repaired.
But if i make something similar will add grid and make it compatible with the VAC-MAT mats.
It will be 2 or 3 parts, look down at the photo , so can be bolted below, at the same time clamped from the sides and at the same time made like the last photo bellow with multiple connectors at 4 sides like these so i can chain them together of needed.
The ones with multiple connectors that can be stuck together, thats nice:
So are we ready to make some vacuum tables or what
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