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WindHexe update 4
End 1st Week July 2023
The main windhexe build being spearheaded by Tony Jabony AKA Robb’s is having its first major iteration building on the experience of the original, our growing understanding of how it might work and experiments by Henk Jurrien and others.
LIVESTREAMED 23:45 CET 9 July 2023
You can follow the progress here:
WindHexe Build prototype V02 - 11 July 2023
Photos of the build [Full image set download here]
Comments on the build so far by Tony Jabony - 10 Jul 2023, 23:30
“Yes, we've commenced on the build and we've come a long way today. We didn't make it all the way to a first test round. But we did make it far, and the windhexe looks damn purdy with the new dress on.
So as the saying goes measure twice cut once. Yes, but I'm also a shoot first ask questions later kinda guy. Either way, everything went according to plan. All of the pieces fitted together, welding went great.
We've adjusted the inlet slits with double adjustable whistles and way larger inlet slits than before (used to be 4mm max now it's 12mm max)
Added the larger inlet adapter plates.
Modified the wooden frame to raise up the windhexe to accomodate the heat exchangers and the distribution donut.
Added the holes in the top with the acrylic windows
Changed out the metal inlet covers for the acrylic windows
So at around 5pm I wanted to assemble the distribution donut to the windhexe and right then I realized that it looked kinda more square-ish than the 3D version.
Obviously some dimensions were af. It also wouldn't fit around the support frame so I had to measure and whadaya know. I've never ever took the time to double check the 90 degree elbow bend tubes, neither did it ever dawned on me that they were a different radius then in the 3D drawing XD,
So I've made the necessary adjustments on the fly. Had the laptop with me so I could figure out another optimal situation with the new distribution donut dimensions and if you ask me it worked out for the best this way, I like the looks of it way better, the whole assembly is more compact and more efficient this way.
So I'll update a 3D version of this one as well soon.
Now, we still have the following issues in the build to address.
Haven't rewired the blowers yet, still (probably) need to bypass the timer and sensor configuration to let them run indefinitely without interruption to build up coherence
3D digital radiator hose is way more compliant and flexible than actual material radiator hose XD They start to buckle real easy so we need to change some of the tube adaptors to accommodate the new setup and relieve radiator hoseage stresses for optimal airflow
So coming days we'll be tackling those and do a first test run. I really wanted to get to running a test today but around 10PM I've called it a day. It was a lot of fun and if you ask me the machine looks pretty badass in this new configuration. Fingers crossed the machine will yield great results like this.
Greetings! Tony Jaboney!”