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60X Fan Mount

Painted mount courtesy O. Steven Roberts.
Painted mount courtesy O. Steven Roberts.

This page was contributed by Mark Schweter schweter@mail.bright.net

This article describes how to make a fan mount for your 60X laser. It is possible to short circuit your laser head and power supply if the mount is not installed properly. It is also important to hook the fan up to the existing connector in place of your old fan so that the laser will not run unless the fan is plugged in.
The author and www.LaserFX.com are not responsible for any damage that may be incurred to your laser from this project - proceed with caution and at your own risk.



    This project was the result of a need for a "quick-fix" fan interface for my new 60X head. Previous experimentation by Steven Roberts, and myself, had resulted in mounts with a less than "professional" appearance.  The design considerations were: A clean finished appearance, L.Michael Robert's information on fan selection and Karl Rothweiler's report of an "official" fan riser he had seen.


Parts & Fabrication

"exploded" photo of fan mount


    Select a fan from the table [All fans are 235 CFM approx.]

Fan Model No. AC volts Watts/Amps Rotron Part No. Newark No.
Major MR2B3 115V 31 / 0.26 028245 81F8113
Major MR77B3 230V 30 / 0.14 028309 44F916
Patriot PT2B3 115V 31 / 0.26 028254 81F8114
Patriot PT77B3 230V 30 / 0.14 028312 44F915

    The fans can can be obtained world-wide from Newark Electronics and it's affiliates. (I bought mine from a local electronics surplus store.) Also obtain a suitable grille for mounting on the fan. I also purchased a fan-to-cord connector for ease of assembly.

PVC pipe


    6" PVC sch40 pipe (sch80 will have double the wall thickness). Sawn into a 1" [25 mm] section. File the pipe section smooth and flat on edges so that it will mate to the lid and fan.
    Drill two holes through the pipe section 180 degrees apart large enough to pass 6-32 screws. With a 1" [25 mm] section of pipe, you will need 1.5" [38 mm approx.] screws with nuts and lock washers.
   Paint or finish as desired (Ours are flat black to match the fan).


Positioning the fan mount

    Position mount on lid so the greatest area of the blades is over the exhaust port of the laser head as shown in the picture above.
    Mark the positions of the screw holes and drill two holes to match in the laser head cover (remove burrs and rough spots from the holes).
    Once the fan is mounted, make SURE the bolts clear ALL internal laser parts and DO NOT touch ANY portion of the riser or the interior of the laser head.. WARNING: Failure to do so WILL destroy your PSU and your 60X head!!!
    Mount fan so air is EXHAUSTED from the riser opening. (fan airflow indicator pointing away from head - the air blows upwards).


Fan Power

    There are 4 wires coming out the side of the head, usually going to a 4 pin connector. Two of these carry 110 volts (250 on European 60Xs) and two of the wires are part of the start interlock circuit.
    Connecting the 110 AC wires to the start Interlock wire will result in fatal damage to the power supply and head.
    The correct procedure is to use a ohm meter to find the leads. Clip one lead of the ohm meter onto a wire sticking out of the fan connector, take the other probe and go to the pins of the 22 pin connector on the side of the head.

  • If the wire connects to PIN 16 or PIN 20 as indicated by continuity it's 110 AC (or 250 on European 60Xs) power to the fan.

  • If the wire has continuity to PIN 18 or PIN 21 it's an INTERLOCK WIRE, The laser will not start if the interlock wires are not connected.

    Continue testing until you have identified all four wires as either power or interlock wires.
    16 and 20 AC to fan - 18 and 21 Interlock

NOTE: On 60X lasers with interlock switches under the cover, the switch must be depressed (on) for you to get a reading on the meter when testing interlock wires. The thermal switch clamped to the tube must also be in proper working order (normally closed) in order to get a reading.

    The factory put a 4 pin connector on the fan for a good reason. By putting a loop of wire on the fan side of the connector to close the interlock circuit, they provided a means for confirming a fan is attached. It would be prudent for the laserist to do so as well, especially if you use a detachable fan. A 60X tube will only survive without damage or change in gas pressure for about about 1 minute when operating at 10 amps without a fan.

WARNING: Incorrect wiring WILL destroy your PSU and your 60X head!!!


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