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A Really Cool Part Fan

A project log for Monoprice Select Mini Maximum 3D Printer Mods

Low/zero cost upgrades for the Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer.

U.S. Water RocketsU.S. Water Rockets 10/26/2016 at 01:512 Comments

The next improvement we are making to our Monoprice Select Mini is the addition of a Part Cooling Fan, which is a separate fan with directed air flow that is controlled by the Fan Output of the control board.

This means we had to rewire the fan attached to the E3Dv6 Fan, so that it will run when the printer is switched on, and take the existing fan wires, and connect them to the Part Cooling Fan. This way, fan control options in the slicer will be able to change the fan speed of the part cooling fan and turn it off for better bed adhesion without causing heat creep leading to jams in or above the heat break.

To make the fan attachment even cooler, a pair of 3mm White LEDs were built into the air duct to illuminate the print area under the nozzle. This is that the Part Cooling Fan looks like when it is removed from the E3DV6 Mount. Notice that it has a JST style connector so that I can swap in different fans and LED lights in the future as I design new styles. The outlet of this nozzle directs all of the air flow directly on the extruded plastic that has just exited the nozzle. This is intended for improving overhangs and bridges. You can also see the LEDs that illuminate the print beside the outlet.

Here is a very short video clip of the Zero Offset E3Dv6 Mount and LED Part Cooling Fan in action.

This modification was hard to put a price on because we had most of the parts laying around. The fan came from the E3Dv6 and the JST connectors were in an assortment we had, and the wire was salvaged from an old PC. Even if these parts were sourced new, the total would still likely be under $5.00US.

Discussions

ZephyrusD wrote 03/05/2017 at 22:05 point

Any Chance of selling these? Yes I can print the 3D parts, but the electronics is still a work in progress for me. Wiring/Led/Etc... Don't want to kill my printer till I have a backup.

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zak wrote 02/24/2017 at 07:53 point

Mind adding a photo showing where you wired in the second fan on the control board and how you wired the original 30mm fan?  Thanks in advance!

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