Open Source Vacuum Cleaner

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- A modular vacuum with a sawdust cyclone, and all cyclone air filtration, outside of a backup filter

-This would most likely be a shop vac/central vac design due to size constrains.

Used For

Cleanroom (See Open Source Cleanroom Construction Set )

Clean Room (get it?)

Sawdust Collection for Pellet Mill

Improved Safety ( Due to less flammable dust, especially in industrial use cases; see link [1] )

Minimum Viable Product

- Strong Suction that is capable of most if not all house cleaning or shop cleaning needs, as well as all shop machinery dust removal needs

- Heavily Modular Design + User Repairability

- High Durability

- High Filtration (HEPA or ULPA)

- Usage of Cyclonic filtration to make filters more of a back up, and thus less filter replacements

- Multiple Power Sources (DC and/or Ac)

- Fully Open Source Design

- Dedicated Air Output to allow use as an air purifier

Industry Standards

- High End

- Most Common

- Shop Vac Sawdust Cyclone

Existing Open Source Designs

- [2]

- [3]

- [4]

- [5]

Basic Design

Hose Intake + Hose Reel Module


Large Cyclone Module

- (5 gallon bucket method or 3D printed version)


Small Cyclones Module

- (Off the shelf spare parts or 3D printed alternative)


Removable Dirt Reservoir Module


HEPA/ULPA Filtration Module


(Optional) Activated Carbon Module


Motor + Fan Module


Power Supply + User Interface




Rough Sketch V1.0


0. Hose + Hose Reel

1. Air Intake from Hose Reel (Air stream currently contains: Dirty Air + Fine Particles + Large Particles)

2. Main Cyclone (This is larger than the secondary cyclones, and removes the large particles such as sawdust)

3. Ducts From Main Cyclone to Secondary Cyclones

4. Secondary Cyclones ( These are the smaller cyclones which remove fine particles such as most dust + dirt )

5. Dirt Bin ( This contains everything that 2 and 4 capture, and must be periodically emptied )

6. Ducts From Secondary Cyclones to 7 and 8

7. HEPA/ULPA filter + Optional Activated Carbon Filter ( This removes whatever ultra fine particles remain, and the optional activated carbon filter would go behind the filters to catch odors (Theoretically). The filter shouldn't need to be replaced that often, and is more of a final check, most filtering is already done before the air reaches this level. The carbon filter would most likely need frequent replacing. )

8. Motor + Fan Assembly ( This is a DC motor providing the suction that drives this whole unit)

9. DC Power Input ( This would be a DC input and voltage regulator for powering the unit)

10. AC Power Input ( This would be an inverter that would then send the DC power into 9 )

11. Control Panel ( Either a simple switch/variable resistor board with indicator lights, or a more complex touch screen interface complete with interface and recommended replacement of filters/dirt bins recommended etc)



See Also

- Open Source Cleanroom Construction Set

Useful Links

- Wikipedia Page on Cyclonic Seperation

- This is a calculator for cyclone design, should be useful

- A PDF on Cyclone Basics