Print all parts you need to build an adaptive vacuum cleaner from recycled material!
Vacuum cleaners are often thrown away with the motor still working, but re-using those motors is complicated (because their dimensions are not standardized, they vary in power, etc.) and for that reason they usually just go to waste.
But any waste can become a resource, if we can find a good use for it, so I developed tenok – an open-source DIY vacuum cleaner that can be equipped with most motors, hoses and power cords from disposed models. Tenok can be made with the help of rather simple tools and a desktop 3D-printer and the easy-to-build design has even more benefits: While most vacuum cleaners soon trigger our consumer-instinct to dispose and rebuy when their shiny surfaces start to look old, scratchy and icky, this hardly happens to wooden boxes. Imagine a device you can use your whole life because you do not need to rely on manufacturer-specific spare parts, filters, dustbags… or stop imagining and start building!
Overview and Background
tenok is an exploration in post-industrial design. By throwing away electric appliances with working components inside we create more and more waste – until we find ways to re-use it and turn it into a potential ressource.
Building a tenok is an example of that practice and shows how to approach a project that requires both digital and manual fabrication.
There are very detailed informations about tenok available on Instructables.com. Moreover you can find detailed instructions how to build it step-by-step.
Link to the Instructable:
Lesson Plan and Activity
Re-using waste & E-waste, 3D-printing, wood-working, sewing,...
Making a tenok combines a lot of different activities in one project.
The order of activities is:
Repurposing bicycle tube
Preparing scavenged electronics
For the 3D-printing part of this project you will need ABS and PETG Filament – about 500g / each.
Further information in the instructable (see above).