Leg Version 2

A project log for OpenK9

Open source, low-cost robotic quadraped for reinforcement learning

Ben NortierBen Nortier 03/27/2018 at 16:020 Comments

After the last update I put some effort into the linkages. I bought a bunch of different hobby ones to see how they might work:

The one on the right, where you can make your own length link seemed ideal.

But I realised there's a problem. Version 1 had both servos in the "shoulder", but that severely limited the range of motion of the lower leg. I designed it like this initially to reduce the mass of the leg. It might still work but I need to carefully do a simulation to ensure proper range of motion.

So I moved the 2nd servo to the top leg in Fusion. I also added links with ball joint, and experimented with the "Motion Study" feature. 

Sadly this seems to be pretty buggy... :/

With the new servo position, I updated the laser cutting drawings and got the parts back today. 

Assembled. Eyeballed how long the top link should be:

Repeated for bottom link.

Now it's assembled and ready for Arduino:


Looks decent. Hopefully I can now hook up an Arduino and experiment with controlling the leg. Easter weekend project...