A kit of the printed components needed to make an Open Energy Recovery Ventilator 5.4.3Designed by Open mini Energy Recovery Ventilators in Canada
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I was hesitant to offer kits of printed parts because they are expensive, and quality assurance is difficult. The assembly and testing process is basically part of quality control - I make sure the …Read More…
I was hesitant to offer kits of printed parts because they are expensive, and quality assurance is difficult. The assembly and testing process is basically part of quality control - I make sure the parts all fit by seeing if I can assemble them :). It's a logical approach.
The parts kit will not look quite like the one above, some of the parts of the latest version are different.
But a nice guy got in touch through twitter and expressed the desire to buy a kit of printed parts, and there is a guy Adam in my town that actually really likes printing stuff so he's willing to do it for cheap.
I just need to warn you that there is a significant chance you will need to sand or dremel some part or another, to make it fit, and there is a significant chance you will have to glue one thing or another together, because they don't fit as precisely as desired. However this is generally a reasonable approach to building prototypes and is still adequately durable and usable, it just takes some patience and stuff. If a part is really borked due to error, of course we will re-print and mail it to you at no charge. However you need to be aware that will take time due to the postage time, mostly.
Secondly, be aware that the design is in beta. I have built 6 units by now, and they appear to work well, they are just a bit noisy, the airflow is a little lower than I would like (they give about 27 cfm on max, I would like 40) and too costly to make to really be a very promising business undertaking.
However they do work and I can see how they would be a fun and cool project. It is a real, living example of truly useful hardware that is made in a highly grassroots, open source way :).
This undertaking is pseudo-nonprofit. That is, we get paid a wage for the work involved, but it's a modest one. Mostly because we learn and it's interesting and hopefully will lead to grander things :).
For an exact inventory of the parts, simply have a look at the cad file, which can be found through the Community page on the website, https://www.openerv.org/community .
I would like to do this through tindie to support the platform, and so you get the guarantees regarding quality, etc.
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