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Simply7

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Air Compressor
« on: April 23, 2014, 01:31:42 PM »
Our other air compressor died. These were used for the HAAs among other tools. Keep your eyes open for a replacement. Donations are the preferred method.

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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 06:25:30 PM »
I have a small-ish one I can bring up to the lab this week.


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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2014, 11:57:37 AM »
I think the HAAS requires 80~90 pounds of pressure

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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2014, 02:42:05 PM »
Small oilless compressors are not meant for continuous duty. If we keep using them to run the HAAS we will just keep burning them out. The only real solution to this is to procure a proper shop  compressor rated for continuous operation. Or just keep treat the cheap compressors as consumables with full understanding that they will not last long.
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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2014, 10:33:47 AM »
I have an cast-iron/ oil-type compressor that runs off of 220 single phase.  It'll put out 90 psi at about 4 cfm I think. 

I'd be happy to let FamiLab borrow it on long-term loan... in order to keep the HAAS going in particular.

 I have a lot of projects I'd like to do on the HAAS now that I'm over my pneumonia.

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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2014, 10:40:15 AM »
Ben - We can wire that up to work with our electrical, in fact, we already have a 220 outlet wired up next to the panel. Would love to use it on loan until we can find something else suitable for a permanent replacement.


Also glad to hear you're doing better. Hope to see you soon!

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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2014, 11:21:59 AM »
I read Dave's post about possibly helping out the HAAS situation so he can make injection molds for his project, but there might be a table size limitation?  Any word on that?  I'm not sure if "air compressor" would be part of that win-win deal or not?  Either way, I can bring the air compressor next week and loan it to FamiLAB. I'm back from my pneumonia and I'm totally ready to get going with the HAAS, the laser cutter (if it's been installed since I've had been out with pneumonia??), and other projects! 

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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2014, 11:24:01 AM »
The HAAS has a cutting area of 18"(x)x18"(y)x20"(z), but you can always make multi-part casting molds .

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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2014, 10:12:47 AM »
I have my air compressor in my truck now, I'll be swinging by tonight to bring it to the lab.  Tuesday 5-6-14 during the open house when everybody's there I'll ask about where to plug it in and run a hose from it to the CNC.  Hopefully we can find a semi-permanent home for it to live at so it doesn't get fiddled with too much. 

I'd like to run a second hose from it too, for other uses, like if somebody wants to run a blow gun or an air tool.  This would hopefully minimize/eliminate fiddling around with the compressor and make it so you don't have rearrange stuff for 10 minutes, just for the ability to start working (a pet peeve of mine, lol.).

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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2014, 11:12:57 AM »
Ben, let's try to find a place for it near the electrical panel. Can you take a picture of the plug so that we can get the right outlet from home depot?




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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2014, 11:21:41 AM »
I can take that photo over my lunch hour.

Also, the belt guard that goes from motor to compressor is missing.  I definitely wouldn't want anybody to get hurt.  We could either make one from scratch, or just put the compressor someplace where it's unlikely to be reached (like under the table to the right of the HAAS, like put the compressor in a doghouse, kind of, lol)


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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2014, 02:59:13 PM »
Here is a picture of the plug.  It's just a "dryer plug" for a clothes dryer, because back at my dad's house, he had it wired up so he could run it off of the old dryer plug that was in the garage, after he remodeled and brought the washer/dryer inside the house. 

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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2014, 09:29:14 AM »
My air compressor has landed... It's back in the corner by the HAAS, next to the electrical panel (but safely out of the mandatory 3-foot clear space that must remain clear in front of an electrical panel)

 I also brought a spring-loaded compressed air reel, I was thinking we can set this up somewhere for super-easy compressed air usage for non-HAAS purposes.  A hose that puts itself away... BRILLIANT!  lol.

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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2014, 12:55:13 PM »
I'll bring a dryer outlet and swap it out this evening.


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Re: Air Compressor
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2014, 01:26:07 PM »
Perfect! thanks claybuster. :) you can use that outlet that is right by the panel. I think there is a 50amp breaker in there now, which is overkill but will be fine for now.