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A general purpose robot joint using a cycloidal gearbox and an ODrive modified to support active compliance

Tim WilkinsonTim Wilkinson 09/23/2019 at 17:590 Comments

I've just uploaded a revised version of the joint design. This comes after a fair bit of tinkering over the last few months. Partly I've just been tightening up the tolerances of various parts, but mostly I've been experimenting with keeping the cycloidal gears running more smoothly (so less friction) and more reliably.

The biggest change is in the cycloidal disks themselves. In the picture above you should see an extra 4 "bumps" added to the top of the gear. These replace the nylon washers used in the previous design and help keep the disks parallel while dramatically decrease the drives internal friction. How well they wear only time will tell but so far everything seems better!

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