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DIY Small Size Air Compressor on the CheapAuthor
Giorgos Lazaridis
August 17, 2012

Click the worklog tab above to see a step by step guide how i made this Homemade DIY Air Compressor
I am going to build a new tool for my workbench, my new homemade Pneumatic Solder Paste Dispenser for the SMD parts. The word "Pneumatic" dictates that i will need some sort of air compressor to make this work. Although i could buy a cheap 25 liters air compressor for as low as 50 euro, i decided to make my own for 3 reasons:

Reason #1. 25 liters is too much for what i need. A lot of power will be used only to fill the tank before increasing the pressure, but the solder paste dispenser needs only a few air volume to oeprate

Reason #2. I already had a small tank (fire extinguisher) and an air compressor so i can make it for less than 10 euro

Reason #3. I can do it, so why not?

So, click here to view the worklog of this make - I explain there step by step how i made it.

Here is the presentation video:

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  • At 7 July 2014, 9:47:00 user daniel wrote:   [reply @ daniel]
    • I have published post about homemade airbrush compressor http://www.myairbrushcompressors.com/how-to-build-a-cheap-airbrush-compressor-using-refrigerator-parts/

  • At 29 January 2013, 6:51:41 user Giorgos Lazaridis wrote:   [reply @ Giorgos Lazaridis]
    • @Nikos i've got the system but i have not installed it yet.

  • At 28 January 2013, 13:39:37 user Nikos wrote:   [reply @ Nikos]
    • Has automatic system to turn on while you use it to refill or you turn on manually?

  • At 28 September 2012, 5:16:50 user Air Compressor wrote:   [reply @ Air Compressor]
    • I appreciate your interest to make equipment. Many companies give illustrated explanations about air compressors.

  • At 18 September 2012, 10:59:44 user Giorgos Lazaridis wrote:   [reply @ Giorgos Lazaridis]
    • @George Actually, i'm building my pneumatic solder paste dispenser. My next addition will be the smd pick-and-place, for which i already have the pump (USD4) and a manual dispenser (USD 2) which i will hack. Both the solder paste dispenser and the pick and place will be housed under the same box, will have the same foot pedal for operation, and will have a switch to choose which one i currently use.

  • At 18 September 2012, 6:12:25 user George wrote:   [reply @ George]
    • Het Kam, whilst you are building your smd 'picker', here's a cheap one you could use, looks like it's using a modified fish aquarium pump for the vacuum


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