3D printed BLDC servo with 30Nm torque ($60)

This is a high-torque yet affordable servo motor
including a low KV BLDC motor, 3d printed planetary gearbox, and BLDC driver

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Hello everyone!
This is an open-source actuator designed for robotic propose. (low speed and high torque)
I've tried to make a robust actuator out of 3D-printed parts and a cheap BLDC motor with the purpose of accessibility to everyone around the world.
The main Idea behind this is to make an opensource quadruped dog robot

Max torque: Nm (tested!) for more torque you also can use the 8318 motor
Voltage :24V or 6S Lipo
Speed: 8 Rad/s
Weight: ~700 g
Gear ratio: 8:1
Cost: ~$60
License: Creative Commons Attribution - ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License

This thing comes with also open-source BLDC driver which you can find in the link below :

The gears are adopted from Open torque but I changed them slightly.

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  • 1 × 8308 BLDC motor
  • 6 × M3*5*5 Insert nuts
  • 3 × 5*16*5 Bearings
  • 1 × 60*78*10 Thinwall bearing
  • 10 × M3*45 Screws

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  • 1
    3D printing parts

    For printing gears, I recommend using ABS or PC if it's possible. With 2mm skin and between 30 to 50 percent infill.

    For other parts, I personally used PLA with 25% infill and 2mm skin. PLA's elastic feature really helps the robustness of the structure.

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    Motor plate

    This part actually made out of a laser-cut aluminum sheet with 2mm thickness.

    You also can 3D-print it if you want, But!!!!!! it might be good enough for small torques. Although,  if you go higher than 3Nm you can see the plate start to stretch so you might want to increase the thickness.

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Jensen Gaither wrote 02/01/2023 at 17:18 point

Hi Navid, is the actuator back drivable, or is the gear ratio too high?

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Navid sabet wrote 02/02/2023 at 00:19 point

Hello Jensen, The gear ratio is 8:1.

The motor is not coreless, so It gonna show cogging a little when It's off. But

despite that, It is back driveable. 

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AmandaLILUCKY wrote 01/27/2023 at 13:53 point

Hi, your project is very nice. I'm considering trying it out. I was wondering, You provides 2 files, one in .f3d and the other in .iges format. can you please provide both in fusion 360 format so I can have the design history? 

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Navid sabet wrote 01/27/2023 at 15:25 point

Hello Amanda, I've uploaded it. please check the files.

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Dan Maloney wrote 01/26/2023 at 22:25 point

This one looks pretty good, might even be worth a write-up for the blog. Looking forward to seeing more build information. Keep us posted!

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Navid sabet wrote 01/27/2023 at 06:24 point

Hi Dan. I'm glad that you liked it. I'll keep posting details. stay tune :)

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