Thursday, December 6, 2007

Robotics Monday: Automating Another Machine

Name of Model: Lego assisted I-cord knitting machine(update4)
Created by: TheDude
Found at:
Kids, don't try this at home! This project was started as a way to motorize a crank-powered cord-making machine, but TheDude decided to build a full LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT robot around it to fully automate the process. Although there isn't a picture of just what was done to make a beam fit into the place that the crank came out of (the website says something about "fil[ing] a lego sleeve", which qualifies as dangerous cheating if you ask me), there are plenty of other photos at the link above. There's also some documentation of the challenges involved (such as the rotating output of the original machine that the robot was built around).
This is Monday's model of the day

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