Our project is small automatic box folding robot. This system is designed for micro factories like a successful kickstarter, or US based small manufacturing company. People who want to stay local, but the only way to compete with cheap overseas labor is to be automated. Technology like 3D printing and CNC are making automation attainable but in packaging there is still a missing component. We plan to uses a LabView based virtual interface for easy operation via touch screen. Its key mechanical feature is a universal linear actuator. We have a clever cheap arduino controlled design for them we are developing. These linear actuators can be combined in a huge number of configurations and are proving to be one of the most fun and exciting discoveries in the project. It will folds Indestructo Mailers, a new style of cardboard box. They requires no glue or tape to assemble. They are also stronger, have a lid, and stack in higher densities when un folded.
NEMA 17 Stepper motors
yes we need 11 stepper motors for box folder
we made some circuit bored or the first time on the other mill. It was very satisfying. Starting we made a beak out bores to connect our 8 limit switches to a IDC 16 pin ribbon cable. We made a 4 stepper to IDC also. we got the tool and made the cable our selves and it was relay fast with no soldering.