Compressor for chip clearing

(martin redeby) #1

anyone have a clue about what capacity (cfm, L/min) air compressor I would need to mount a couple of nozzles for chip clearing?


I am presuming that you have considered the issues regarding noise and flying debris that comes with dry air chip clearing, so I would say that for the Nomad, you could do with pretty much any small compressor. You will not need large nozzles.

For example: at 2bar (30PSIG) pressure and 1mm dia nozzle, 30C (85F) air will flow about 22l/min (0.75SCFM). A small homeowner compressor for a nail gun will supply that.

Two nozzles of 0.5mm dia will discharge about 11l/min (0.37SCFM)

This is the best I can tell you without knowing more about the nozzles you plan to use.

(John Nicolosi) #3

You may end up burning it up if you constntly run a blower… I suggest a decent tank with the lowest psi that will clear chips. Someone on here did an oil can attachment for wd40 i think a small apparatus like that mounted onto the router mounting bracket would be sweet.

I am boxing mine in currently with a 6" centrifugal fan sucking air from the box out anda blower blowing air in at the worktable.

(John Nicolosi) #4

(martin redeby) #5

well the plan is to have a vacuum as well but I thought that with some air I could run the vacuum on “quiet” or not at all when I’m milling small volumes non-dusty stuff like plastics.

and yes I was thinking about something in =/< 1mm dimension.

After some more research finding a good super quiet compressor that doesn’t cost to much and can run continuously seems to be the biggest challenge. I am not building a nice cabinet for the machine only to have a 70dB+ air compressor ruin my day.

(William Adams) #6

A decent vacuum ought to be able to do a good job of clearing the chips — I’m still curious if you could improve chip clearing by venting the air from the trim router right at the endmill — drew up a design for that, but it really wants to be 3D printed.

(Phil Gorsuch) #7

I have an air compressor that is hammering loud when it’s on and a tank that empties far too quickly. I was pondering at one point (before I decided blowing air inside my Nomad just made things far too messy in places I just could not clean) whether a beefy aquarium air pump might be up for the job pressure wise considering they are usually quieter and designed for constant operation.

(martin redeby) #8

that might actually be a great option… and yes I’be been thinking about the mess but I figure some of that folded rubber stuff (what is it called?) in strategic places and optional vacuum attachment will solve that.

found one “ACO-9720” it supplies
21,5 l/min at 0,13bar
max pressure 0,27bar

I have no idea if that is enough air and pressure though if:

is the goal… then nope…


At the business end, you have traded pressure for momentum. The aquarium pump may be sufficient with a larger nozzle. Machining conditions control the air velocity and volume needed. The puffer on my die filer moves maybe 10l/min (based on displacement and speed and about 50% volumetric efficiency), and the nozzle orifice is about 2.5mm. It is built in and run from a cam on the mainshaft, so I don’t know the pressure. It moves steel chips just fine in filing operations, but I do not think it would lift chips from a pocket.

(martin redeby) #10

I guess like with most things the only way is to try it…
with a larger nozzle I might need to put some googling in to laminar flow

(John Nicolosi) #11

I have an exhaust fan sucking air out of the enclosure and a blower fan blowing air in. They’re in line kinda. Blower up top blowing down, centrifugal fan on the other side of the wall sucking air out through a stud bay… I would say its a major improvement but still needs some caulking in a few spots to maximize airflow.