Vacuum head for CNC router that removes all debris from the milling surface and within slots.
CNC routing in soft materials creates airborne chips and dust particles.
Current dust collection systems are inadequate at collecting this debris.
Current broom and/or vacuum apparatus types offered only succeed in modestly evacuating a portion of the debris, however large chips and fine airborne particles are not removed.
These systems are typically 50% effective at removing debris.
A concentrated suction system, such as a telescoping nosecone or crevice tool vacuum head that does not require manual operation does not yet exist..
Inventors at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have developed a novel vacuum evacuation head that completely shrouds the milling tool and forms a seal with the milling surface near the tool such that sufficient suction can be generated to remove all debris in real-time. The head adjusts to accommodate changes in surface irregularities, changes in depth of the milling material, accommodating various tool lengths, and retracts to allow for easy tool changes. Currently designed to mount to a common router 12 HP motor: HSD ES 929.
Utility patent issued 1/31/2023.
Kyle Jansson, Director, UWM Prototyping Center
JD Lang, Advanced Model/Instrument Maker
Madeline Frank, 3D Printing Specialist
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