Mechanical improvements

A project log for Standing waves of sound

An ultrasonic interferometer is assembled from optical drive components, 3d-printed parts and an ultrasonic range-finder.

Andrew FergusonAndrew Ferguson 01/04/2016 at 21:352 Comments

I wanted to improve on first build of the interferometer, the reason being that the stage lacked mechanical integrity. It slightly wobbled and showed stick-slip behaviour when driven. The main reason for this, as you can see in the photo of the first build (below), was that I only used two ball-bushings, and this allowed the stage to rock and yaw. A secondary reason was that the leadscrew drive was off the stage axis, meaning that a different couple was applied to each bushing during motion. The off-axis drive can be fine, as long as the bushings fit the rails perfectly (it is used in the optical drive) but I was worried about it.

So in the second build (shown below) I have used four bushings on a larger stage and moved the leadscrew to the axis of the stage. The stage now shows vastly less wobble and there is no obvious stick-slip behaviour. In the future I'd like to quantify the stage's performance in terms of precision and repeatability. But for now I am happy to note there are no unwanted jumps in the data, as occurred previously.

Here is a zoom in of the stage itself.


Andrew Ferguson wrote 01/06/2016 at 09:53 point

Yep. Will do. 

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esot.eric wrote 01/05/2016 at 14:26 point

TBH, I kinda wondered about the offset-worm-drive... But your build-quality is so sleak I promptly forgot. Somehow I didn't piece together that it might be related to your unexpected measurements. Before/After Graph soon?

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