There seems to be an empty spot in the market between hobby servos and professional models - this should partially fill that gap.
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Here's a timeline of what needs to happen to get the Servo50 into the hands of users. Note that the dates are totally bogus, as things take as long as they take - I'm not going to make any promises at this point. :)
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Finally got back to this.
The boards, stencil and parts have all been ordered.
While waiting for materials to arrive, it's time to dig out the CPU development board and start making bits wiggle.
Also need to look into angle sensor hardware and how to bodge that into the dev board.
Started using zones to pour large copper for the high current areas - after a while it got a bit easier. Not sure KiCad unconnected net tool is too happy about that sort of behavior. :)
The large(ish) inductor is for the builtin buck converter of the phase controller, supplying 3.3V. This will supply power to the CPU in the next revision of the board.
Out to fab is next, as well as ordering the parts.
The latest version of the board design files are in the 'files' section.
I've been trying to find the inspiration for this style of gearbox - I think it was somewhere here on Hackaday, but I can't find it any more. If you check out the Wikipedia article on Epicyclic Gearing, there's a small note on a version of what I'm doing that was done during WWII for the drive box for a portable radar unit. It might not be exactly what I've been doing, which is:
This results, in my current design, in around a 150:1 gear reduction in something a bit larger than my fist. It could be far smaller, but my 3D printer doesn't do well at anything smaller and the amount of output torque scales down as well.
Getting all the gear ratios to match up is a bit of a challenge; not every desired gear ratio is possible. :)
Okay, so the email said that I have to put a flow chart up, but doesn't say where to include it, so it's a JPG stuck in the files section. It doesn't really show the scale of the software challenge; I'll be describing this in a bit.
At least a vague approximation - about 2.5" long with a lot of debug headers.
I've selected most of what I want to use for the first version of the motor controller. Once the board's out for fab I'll upload the KiCad files. In the meantime here's the working schematic.
It's a JPG, which is not optimal - so if anyone knows how to get a PDF up on one of these log files, please let me know. :)
So I've been noodling this sort of idea for a long time now, and I figure that designing an extra large motor controller/gearbox combo for a large hexapod isn't going so fast; maybe a side trip by way of this contest will help me in my eventual developments.
The Servo50 is envisioned as:
I have a few good 'from scratch' gearboxes that I've designed and fabricated. The electronics are inspired by the ODrive project, however the board for the Servo50 will only control one motor.
That's it for now, time to start on that motor controller.
The project is still in development; instructions will be generated when there is sufficient content.