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Motion Kits For Makers

Build robust and precise motion platforms with modular components.
1, 2, and 3-Axis Systems

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As a consumer who is interested in DIY automation (3d printers, CNC tables, plazma cutters, pick and place) there are limited options when it comes to hardware. In the market today there are three options:
1. Small scale, low load kits (Cheap, weak)
2. High end industrial (Expensive, Strong)
3. Custom design (Cost/Labor intensive, Tailored to application)

Axys Actuators are designed to provide makers and machine builders the ability to quickly prototype ideas, and allow the users to focus on the end effector. The ultimate goal is to reduce the cost of quality automation, and we believe we can come to market at least 30% lower cost than any comparable components.

Concept:

You don't have to re-invent the wheel.  Many of the automation projects we see today have customized hardware that is tailored to application, but often perform the same basic function.  Axys Actuators are fabricated with modularity in mind so that makers who are designing single or multi axis motions systems can start with a hardware platform that enables quicker system design.

Makers will be able to jump start their development process by utilizing Axys Actuator hardware to save time.  Axys hardware is made to be combined with readily available extrusions from 8020, and can be tailored with rails that allow the user to dial in their design specs.  

Design:

The design centers around using as few components as possible, arranged in as many ways as possible, to create Single, 2-Axis, and 3-Axis systems. 

We have achieved a max load of 20lbs, which will allow users to develop and create manipulators and fabrication heads with a freedom impossible on any standard 3D printing gantry system today.  This allows the hardware to be used for a wider range of applications.

Our greatest achievement is the H-Bot, which allows precise, low inertia 2-Axis motion using stationary motors driving a single belt. While this technology is not unique, we believe we have created a highly effective kit that allows up to 1 square meter of motion with a 10lb load.

We also have in our toolbox a low inertia Z-Axis drive, that provides a hollow extending and retracting beam for use with fluid dispensing, suction, or the addition of a rotary axis.

Not wanting to skimp on quality, we round out our design with all Stainless Steel and Anodized aluminum components for a sleek and robust design with a low profile maximized travel space.

Production:

Axys Actuators components are fabricated from precision machined aluminum. This allows us the best value and strength for mounting and longevity. These parts were designed for manufacturing by being square and simple, allowing quick machining and cheaper production. We are currently looking into the viability of production domestically and overseas, but need support to undertake this stage.

Benchmark:

After looking through the marketplace, we believe we can be cost competitive in mass production, thus offering the best prices for makers to build their projects.

Communication:

Any questions, just ask! Facebook, email, or direct call will get a quick response.

  • 2 × Stainless Steel Pulleys Custom designed T5 Tooth Profile pulley
  • 3 × Stainless Steel large bore ball bearings Bearings for pulley
  • 1 × Extrusions 8020 3030 Series extrusion and 3060 optional
  • 1 × MGNH12 linear rail/cart Rail and cart
  • 2 × End Caps Custom designed end cap

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  • Iterative Design Process

    Mike Vladimirsky07/28/2019 at 22:48 0 comments

    Because I didn't learn about Hackaday until some time after starting this project, I'm posting to discuss the iterative design that led to the end result of Axys Actuators.

    I had the fortunate circumstance of having a 3D printer at work, which allowed me to prototype and refine the design to its current form. The goal was to achieve as many different orientations and combinations of parts, with as few parts as possible. The picture below shows the evolution of each part as printed, then machined.

    Pulley Evolution: After being designed, the pulleys were pretty straight forward. First, went for a coated steel, but decided stainless steel was a better option.

    Endcap Evolution: The original endcap didn't fit solidly with the extrusion, so fitment was solidified by adding more metal where the extrusion interfaces with the endcap. Set screws were also added to securely fasten the endcap.

    Cart Evolution: The original cart was designed for 2x linear rails, 1 on either side of the extrusion. This design was expensive and hard to align perfectly. The final product has a larger, single rail with load ratings sufficient for our envisioned customers.

    Belt Clamp Evolution: Starting with a Misumi stock belt plate, overall height was reduced by creating custom belt clamp plates that work to tension the belt, as well as secure it to the cart.


    H-Bot Bracket Evolution: The original H-bot bracket was designed to be 2 parts attached to the 2x rails of the original concept. After reducing to 1 larger rail, the H-Bot bracket was modified to be a single, albeit complicated part.From there it further evolved to clamp the extrusion, creating a rigid crossmember for increased travel (up to 1 meter!)

    Besides the move to stainless steel pulleys (more expensive) every other iterative modification decreased cost, while increasing modularity.

  • Actuator Kits

    Mike Vladimirsky05/23/2019 at 03:05 0 comments

    Build your own actuators - 

  • Z-Axis

    Mike Vladimirsky05/21/2019 at 02:43 0 comments

    Concept - 3rd axis

  • HBOT

    Mike Vladimirsky05/21/2019 at 02:18 0 comments

    Concept - HBOT Gantry

  • Single Axis Linear Actuator

    Mike Vladimirsky05/21/2019 at 02:14 0 comments

    Concept - Single Axis

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Mike Vladimirsky wrote 05/25/2019 at 15:57 point

Thanks Michael.  Our hardware provides zero backlash direct motor coupling and our pricing is very competitive.  Today the single actuator is priced at $360.0 without motors or drives.  This price comes down with volume, and the kit option allows you to buy sourced parts and build your own custom dimensions, and is the most affordable option.

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Michael G wrote 05/25/2019 at 02:14 point

Quite cool -- curious as to backlash and estimated cost if these hit production

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