Push Rods Working

A project log for Stubby the (Teaching) Hexapod

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The Big OneThe Big One 04/16/2014 at 02:360 Comments

The push rod design I played with tonight works; plus, I gained some experience in soldering screws (although I think this is actually closer to brazing...)

The design is very simple: a threaded rod with a small finishing nail soldered to the end, connects to the servo horn.  A nut soldered to a machine screw is attached to the chassis.  That's it!  Pictures are below.

Soldering the rod to the nails.  The nails are bent (first about 45 degrees, then 90 degrees).  The 90 degree bend is where the servo horn will attach:

Soldering the push rods to the nails:

Some completed push rods:

Here is a video of me soldering the nuts to the machine screw.  Be sure that the nut is exactly 90 degrees, or else there will be binding when you connect your push rods.

Finally, another video of all six legs connected and moving.

The tibia joints will be using the same approach; below you can see a proof of concept tibia connected to the tibia servo via this same rod.

I have finished the design for the tibias, and hope to have them cut and assembled tomorrow.  Yay!