There are times that you unintentionally drop crumbs into your laptop while working and eating. These crumbs may sit deep into the corners of your laptop, which might also cause unwanted problems. Keeping the laptop free from dust, crumbs, and other particles may be a risky task if you do not know how or what to do with it. This was also experienced by a young student in France. He was frustrated with the dust and particles in his laptop that he started setting up himself to make something to clean the mess. He created the 3D-printed mini USB vacuum cleaner and he wanted to share to others how he did this.
This USB vacuum cleaner is made based on the loboat construction. Unlike the standard vacuum process, which involves air that sucks the dust and dirt into the bag as driven by a fan through electric motor, the 3D printed mini USB vacuum cleaner sucks the dirt and dust and let it go straight into the filter as the fan blows away the air out of the laptop.
There are several things or materials that you will need if you want to create your own 3D printed mini USB vacuum cleaner. Here is a list and a simple step to follow from the maker himself.
- Super glue
- Pozidriv screws 6 pieces
- Scalpel or cutter
- Flat pliers
- Cutting pliers
- Heatshrink in 4mm diameter
- Soldering iron
- DC motor RE-140
- USB cable
- Switch in 6 x 12 mm
- LEGO technique fixation
- Flexible pipe
- Tea bag for the filter
- 3D printer
The design of this vacuum is based on the Solidworks. Each of the seven parts should have its 3D design. The parts are the top cover, the two parts turbine, the motor holder, turbine cover, the dust tank, and the filter holder.
All these 3D prints are easy to do, but you have to configure each of them before the printing. Each part should be carefully checked and confirmed for sufficient and efficient printing. The plate and all the parts should be completely clean.
When it comes to 3D printing, here is a simple tip from loboat. The creator of this vacuum cleaner said that when printing thin and small parts of this cleaner, like the turbines, keep in mind that the piece and the plate should have a construction that adheres to each other. Two materials that are highly adherent to each other are the ABS and the PLA plastics. A simple way to make the ABS solution is to mix a small amount of it with acetone. Before this solution is spread on the heating plate, it will be easier if you have readily available solution.
To help you with the steps, or if you want a full detailed steps to create this 3D printed mini USB vacuum cleaner, look for the Instructables page or watch the video. These simple steps are easy to understand and follow, and you will see your own creation of a vacuum cleaner in just a few steps.