I am wanting to build some of the PP machines on an extreme budget, starting with the Shredder.
The first limiting factor I’ve found is availability / cost of CNC laser cutting services locally. I’ve toyed with the design in CAD and have an alternate that is built only from parts that can be hand made in a non-cnc facility like my shed.
Problem is, I don’t know what I don’t know and so thought it best to put the idea up for comment before spending time and money building it.
I was also planning to put a square drive on the end of the main shaft and plug my pneumatic socket driver onto it so it would be powered by a compressor rather than an electric motor.
So, where am I going wrong most seriously?
I would say that the idea of using a pneumatic impact driver isn’t a very good one, as impact drivers don’t deliver a constant amount of torque. it delivers it in peaks, which wouldn’t work in the scenario here, because the plastic would act as kind of a spring, minimizing the effectiveness.
I would use a hand crank and a flywheel with a gearing to decrease speed and increase torque as a simpler option.
Also, the shredder blades would most likely push the plastic away from the center as it shreds, i would recommend having a slight curve to them, to push the plastic into the middle, making it more effective
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