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sam sokolik26/01/2021 16:38:12
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Thought this would be a neat experiment to see if a minimally printed harmonic drive would work (for some definition of..) Just printing the flex and outside gear.

Martin Connelly26/01/2021 18:01:19
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Some torque wrenches have plastic harmonic drives in the adjusting mechanism to drive the scale round.

Martin C

sam sokolik28/01/2021 04:23:30
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Joseph Noci 128/01/2021 06:05:52
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Nice work Sam. I have been searching for a small, low power ( sub 1Nm) 'zero' backlash gearbox and have been looking into these types of reduction boxes, as well as the cycloid reducers. The latter seem to be easier to machine but not so easy to achieve a few arc-minutes backlash! I built a 3D printer using Polar co-ordinate arms and the interface between my steppers and the arm pivot is only 10:1 . The steppers have a 6400 microstep resolution, so I was hoping it would all work - Does not..Some arm positions result in perceptable print nozzle 'wobble' as the motor step is not small enough. So I need to reduce down another 10:1 or more, and the printer mechanical structure makes it difficult to add such a reduction - hence looking into a small inline strain wave reducer. The cost even for such small ones is not insignificant. Not sure a 'printed' version will be good enough for my application though. Certainly looks good and amazing what the 3D printer has achieved.

The pics below just to show where the reducer would have to fit.

Joe

 

left view.jpg

 

arms closed mockup.jpg

 

gear train.jpg

Edited By Joseph Noci 1 on 28/01/2021 06:06:59

sam sokolik20/02/2021 04:40:40
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started an actual 4th axis........

sam sokolik23/02/2021 05:23:10
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and another update...

Michael Horner23/02/2021 07:19:09
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Interesting stuff Sam.

Is this something you are going to use?

If nothing else it made me look it up on Youtube.

Cheers Michael.

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