nice work Ace! Fantastic design!!
Thanks for the compliments. I found a way to make a prototype today. At my work we have 2 $80,000 3D printers (the size of a refrigerator). I can make one using the printer. Woohoo!!!
I have heard of those 3d printers. Very KEWL tech.
125G. 3 Regular Oscars/1 Jack Dempsey
75G. 20+ Africans
40G. Fish/Reef. Algae Scrubbers on ALL my SW
10G. SW Fish/Reef.
10G. SW Hospital/new fish quarantine/pod breeder tank
6 stage RO/DI system 200 GPD.
You can get small 3D printers for home ranging from $500 - $2200 depending on various options, the $2000 makerbot is a little to small for me (does 8.9 x 5.7 x 5.9 inches), the RepMan is a little bigger at 10x8x8 and cost $2200. Prices are going to start dropping on 3D printers soon though for home use because there is a huge groundswell of startups trying to get into the game now, so 1-2 years from now I can see the $2200 going for $500. In the mean time I will use the industrial ones I have access to at work. I am re-drawing my prototype in SolidWorks this weekend so I can print it next week.
Just an FYI, this is the printer I have at my work. It can print 10x10x12 peices, so I am now making the HOB box a little bigger, maxing it out at 12x10x3 for the box to allow for a bigger screen and slightly bigger media chambers. I want to make a filter suitable for a 55G that is HOB, I can always shrink it for smaller tanks, but for now I want to make one for a tank I have running.
I am finishing up the final tweaks to the drawing over the next couple days in SolidWorks in order to print it in 3D. Hopefully I will have a working prototype in the next couple weeks. I decided to go with the Maxi-Jet 1100 utility pump. It doesn't have a pinwheel but with a venturi it should still provide plenty of bubbles without going overboard and turning the box into a white froth mix that light can't penetrate.
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