External Ventilation Adapters for Single 3D Printer Enclosure
Many people find the smell of plastic from a 3D printer to be particularly noxious, but there hasn't been that much research on the long or short-term health effects of exposure to 3D printer fumes. Because of the differing nature of the particles and compounds put into the air by different filaments, there's no standard way of filtering everything, especially since the smallest particles can't be caught by even the best HEPA filter.
If you only print occasionally the risk is low, but if you are going to be printing a lot (and especially for multiple printers), what the CDC recommends is to vent the 3D printer gasses to the outside, such as with one of our vents paired with a standard dryer hose. They can also hook to any DIY enclosure by simply creating the right size hole.
If you can't easily vent to the outside using a 3D printer air filter on your enclosure is the next best option as it will reduce the number of particles your lungs are exposed to. We also recommend running a free-standing air purifier in the same room.
Before proceeding, a quick word about nomenclature. The pieces that take you from a fan to a hose are called "fan to hose adapters". The pieces that take you from a hose to an outside vent are called "hose to vent adapters".
60mm 3D Printer Vent Configuration Example
The Prusa/Ender setup is a bit more complicated since window inserts are all 4in, while the hose we recommend is 3in. We prefer the 3in hose since it is small and doesn't overwhelm the small enclosure. To make this feasible this setup adds a 3in hose to a 4in vent adapter. With this setup, you also need to separately purchase two 3in clamps and one 4in clamp.
80mm 3D Printer Vent Configuration Example
Here's an example setup with the CR-10/Taz6 vent kit. For this setup, you'd need to order a hose, clamps, and dryer window vent from your hardware store.
120mm Fan Configuration Example
This is our most powerful fan configuration, which is also the most versatile since the fan (not included) has a speed controller. The configuration is different in that the fan is mounted on the exterior vent as it exits the room, not on the side with the printer. You would take the hose from your enclosure in 3 inches or 4-inch size, and connect it using a 3 inch or 4 inches to 120mm fan adapter. To make the fan fit on a 4-inch dryer vent you'd also need the 120mm Fan to 4-inch dryer vent adapter.
Every 3D UPfitters enclosure comes pre-drilled with the vent and mounting holes, but this kit adds the following items. Note that we are not shipping 120mm fans at this time. The 120mm adapters do not include fans!
To complete venting to the outside you can find flexible 4" dryer duct hoses or flexible 3" hoses online or at most hardware stores. This can be connected to the outside using the same techniques you'd use for a clothes dryer, or you can purchase one of the many compatible window-venting kits. These items are not included and must be purchased separately. We don't bother to stock them since they're readily available at local hardware stores.
The fan can either be plugged into a USB power supply (not included) or the wires stripped and connected directly into some models of 3D printer.