I will be completing this project and making it open source regardless of whether or not making a kit is viable. But before I do go down that path, to kit or not to kit, I'd like to know what it's true value is.
To give you something more concrete to evaluate use the two videos below to get a rough idea of the capabilities of the machine as it relates your needs and use these technical specs.
Reactor Forge Induction Heater Specs:
- Simple interface and usability
- Operating Voltage: ~220V
- Maximum Current Draw: ~40A
- Typical Current Draw: 10-30A
- Power Factor of near .99% (You won't find that in a cheap overseas model!)
- 100% duty cycle
- Water cooled (cooler not included but it can be as simple as a garden hose attachment)
- Mid-range frequency operation best for small to medium size workpieces. (Lower frequency is possible for larger items above 5-6" cross section at lower power levels.)
- Remote foot switch operation
- Simple to complex programmable cycles
- Many safety features
- All digital operation (so performance is not affected by the environment)
- A fully sealed case for protection against debris and dirty shop air.
- Hackable! Many future improvements possible such as workpiece temperature feedback for reaching very precise temperatures.
Videos of the current Reactor Forge, Critical Mass in use:
So what is your target induction heater price?
Also, check out The ReactorForge Origin Story to learn more about how this project got started.
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- My sincere appreciation. I started ReactorForge with my focus on building an impressive machine for makers. Interacting with you helps me stay focused.
- Your name on a special thank you card inside every kit.
- Priority spot on the future waiting list for a kit.
- Patron only updates and early access to code, schematics and other files before they are ready for Github.
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