Rotary indexer / 4th axis 
A helical beam coupler is used to attach the encoder shaft to the motor shaft. It replaces a 3/8"-24 nut that holds the worm on to the motor shaft. I bored and tapped one side of the coupler to take the place of the original nut.
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A helical beam coupler is used to attach the encoder shaft to the motor shaft. It replaces a 3/8"-24 nut that holds the worm on to the motor shaft. I bored and tapped one side of the coupler to take the place of the original nut.
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Looking in to the front of the gearbox. The threaded shaft is where the helical coupler screws on.
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Looking in to the front of the gearbox. The threaded shaft is where the helical coupler screws on.
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Adapter plate for attaching encoder to motor gear box. The slot is to allow an allen wrench in to tighten the clamp screw on the coupler to the encoder shaft.
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Adapter plate for attaching encoder to motor gear box. The slot is to allow an allen wrench in to tighten the clamp screw on the coupler to the encoder shaft.
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The counterbored holes are for #8-32 screws that go to the motor gear box. I finally used my counterbore drill bit set. It's incrediby fast to use. For a one off like this it is easier than loading a end mill in to the CNC mill and cutting a circular pocket.

The adapter is machined from 3x3x1/2" 6061-T6. I chopped sawed it to size and then drill the holes and milled the circular frame on the CNC mill. Deburring was done on the new disc sander.
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The counterbored holes are for #8-32 screws that go to the motor gear box. I finally used my counterbore drill bit set. It's incrediby fast to use. For a one off like this it is easier than loading a end mill in to the CNC mill and cutting a circular pocket.


The adapter is machined from 3x3x1/2" 6061-T6. I chopped sawed it to size and then drill the holes and milled the circular frame on the CNC mill. Deburring was done on the new disc sander.

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Completed motor assembly and in progress controller. The PVC cap presses on to a steel mandrel.
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Completed motor assembly and in progress controller. The PVC cap presses on to a steel mandrel.
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The cap ID is 2.375" and the only round bar I had that big was nasty hot rolled steel. I initially had problems getting a decent surface finish. But putting in a new carbide insert with a larger radius seemed to take care of the problem.
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The cap ID is 2.375" and the only round bar I had that big was nasty hot rolled steel. I initially had problems getting a decent surface finish. But putting in a new carbide insert with a larger radius seemed to take care of the problem.
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I scratched my head for a while trying to come up with a quick, easy, and cheap enclosure. I was pretty close to welding something up out of aluminum, but I decided that was too much work. I'm not in the enclosure making business after all! A trip to Menards netted me a nice Square D NEMA 3R (outdoor) main lug panel board. For less than $25. I saved the box lugs and ground bar and threw out the rest. How can you beat a $25 enclosure?!?

Inside this box will be a 56 volt DC power supply, servo controller, and some sort of controller for commanding the servo. The big transforer is a 48 VAC 4 amp beast. To the right of it is a bridge rectifier. Not shown is a ~900uF capacitor. The emergency stop switch came from a scrapped Wintech machine (thanks Steve!). At the top you can see a BCD selector. I picked this up in Taiwan for < $1. This and a PIC will be used to set the indexing angle. Or at least that is the plan for now.
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I scratched my head for a while trying to come up with a quick, easy, and cheap enclosure. I was pretty close to welding something up out of aluminum, but I decided that was too much work. I'm not in the enclosure making business after all! A trip to Menards netted me a nice Square D NEMA 3R (outdoor) main lug panel board. For less than $25. I saved the box lugs and ground bar and threw out the rest. How can you beat a $25 enclosure?!?


Inside this box will be a 56 volt DC power supply, servo controller, and some sort of controller for commanding the servo. The big transforer is a 48 VAC 4 amp beast. To the right of it is a bridge rectifier. Not shown is a ~900uF capacitor. The emergency stop switch came from a scrapped Wintech machine (thanks Steve!). At the top you can see a BCD selector. I picked this up in Taiwan for < $1. This and a PIC will be used to set the indexing angle. Or at least that is the plan for now.

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A fused AC inlet module comes on Monday.
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A fused AC inlet module comes on Monday.
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