How to automate your dust collection system

For those of you who create numerous DIY projects or tend to work on machines that result in a lot of dust and scrap flying around everywhere you know how important it is to have a dust collection system. But it is so tiresome to go around the opening and shutting all its valves manually. We have come up with a way to automate this whole dust collection process so that it can be controlled from one place. Read more to find out how it is made.


Products needed for this DIY project:

1. Breadboard

2.      Arduino

3.      Membrane keypad

4.      Servo

5.      16-gauge wire

6.      Aluminum blast gate

7.      Wires


Let’s get started with our DIY project!


Step 1:

To begin with we need to attach arms to all your servos. Ideally, your servo should come with a number of different arms so there wouldn’t be any need to buy them separately. Add the straight arms to all the servos, they stick right on so it isn’t a very complicated process.

Step 2:

Now it is time to connect the wires. It is through these wires that you will connect the keypad to the Arduino, which is your main computer automation tool. For this, you need to add eight individual wires into the header of the keypad and connect the other end to the Arduino.

Step 3:

With the help of three more wires connect the servo to the Arduino by connecting one end of the wire to the servo and the other end to the Arduino. Your servo, Arduino, and keypad structure should resemble the one given in the picture below.

Step 4:

Now it’s time to connect the aluminum blast gate and the servos. Take a thin piece of plywood and cut it in a way that it fits one side of the aluminum blast gate. Make sure to even cut out a section for the servo to fit. Then drill two holes into the plywood and screw the plywood, the servo, and the aluminum blast gate in place.

Step 5:

Then you need to drill a hole at the end of the gate to connect it to the servo. With the help of a small piece of the 16-gauge wire, connect the servo to the hole you just made in the blast gate. Bend the wire in whichever way you want to make sure that the two devices are well connected. Repeat the same process for all the servos and aluminum blast gates.

Step 6:

Now all that’s left to do is connect your dust collection unit to the aluminum blast gates. It is advised that you screw them together in place so that there are no loose parts. You can also extend the wires and choose to use longer ones if you have a vast dust collection unit.

Let me also tell you how this works: when you push a button on the keypad, the signal is sent to the header of the Arduino through the wires that connect the two devices. Then the computer that is inside the Arduino decodes the signal and sends out a control signal to the servos which tells them what to do. Depending on the signal, the servo will open and close the aluminum blast gates with the help of the 16-gauge wire connecting the two devices which will help to clear out the pipes of your dust collection system!


The automation of your dust collection system is now complete! You no longer need to clear out your dust collection pipes yourself by manually opening and shutting your gates now that you have this simple automation device with you. In this way, you can automate various other things in your house too. Enjoy your latest creation!

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