Gear box Design

A project log for Low Cost 3D printed Robot Tail

Cycloidal gearbox, brushless motors and Timing Pulleys

Paul GouldPaul Gould 02/17/2019 at 05:090 Comments


Autodesk Inventor Parametric Design Cycloidal Gear (from my other project)

N_  (number of rollers)= 21 ul

number of teeth = number of rollers - 1

E_ (eccentricity) = 1 mm

Rr_ (radius of rollers) = 2 mm

R_ (radius of Rotor) = 25 mm

x(t) = (R_*cos(t))-(Rr_*cos(t+atan(sin((1-N_)*t)/((R_/E_*N_)-cos((1-N_)*t)))))-(E_*cos(N_*t))

y(t) =  (-R_*sin(t))+(Rr_*sin(t+atan(sin((1-N_)*t)/((R_/E_*N_)-cos((1-N_)*t)))))+(E_*sin(N_*t))

Outer ring design (replaces rollers)

The + 0.25mm is the tolerance added to on my 3D printer to make it work nicely.

The whole actuator consists of a brushless motor, motor position sensor, cycloidal gearbox, joint position sensor. All of this is controlled by my custom BLDC controller.

Cutaway of the Upper Actuator

This actuator is a similar to the ones used by the legs. It is just a bit smaller. It is only used to "swish" the tail side to side. This type of actuator is 75mm high. This is way too wide to be used for the tail's lower joints.