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Spiraling Marbles almost Hypnotic Relaxation.

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Recycled Roadkill
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Well folks,

While this isn't about robots it is about relaxing. Dunno why but watching the balls spiraling down and being recycled to the top again is relaxing for me.

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The project (Thingiverse) really didn't look too challenging but the first print of the spiral failed at about 80% printing on my Delta It was calculated at about 18 hours. I printed it on another machine successfully and then dealt with the moving parts.

The original design called for a motor powered drive gear to turn the large gear. Been there done that. I prefered to drive it with a 28BYJ stepper mainly because I could set it up as a direct drive and adjust the speed of the rotation as I wished.

This is where Tinkercad came in. If you're doing 3d printing and not any CAD it's like driving a car with a wheel missing. Tinkercad is simple and opens worlds for you.

Anyway I built the stepper mount and attached it to the motor stand which required much measuring as to height and distance from the wheel the distributes the balls. I left the teeth on the gear only because it adds visual interest to the project even tho the teeth have no function.

I made many measurements but tinkercad allowed me to set it all up virtually. The visuals helped tremendously. The big wheel now attached to the spiral through use of a pin and a spring to add a minor amount of tension to the adjoining pieces. I made a floating hub to connect the motor shaft to the large wheel. The stepper will likely be attached to arduino nano but at the moment it's driven by a board made specifically to operated small steppers.

Questions or suggestions? I'm open to them.

 

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Can't you film it in action and post it?

Might make a  cool screensaver or dynamic desktop background.


   
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TInkercad is awesome in its simplicity.


   
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Posted by: twobits

TInkercad is awesome in its simplicity.

I love Tinkercad!


   
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NewburyPi
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So simple yet so capable ? I use it to prototype concepts, like my ARDVARC.

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Posted by: NewburyPi

So simple yet so capable ? I use it to prototype concepts, like my ARDVARC.

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I use it for bot parts as well as Astro parts. https://www.thingiverse.com/jscottb/designs


   
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Recycled Roadkill
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My first youtube vid ever. Coulda been worse.

Just discovered today that my phone does super slo mo. Watch the balls bounce.

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wintech
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Really nice!!


   
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