Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides

Simple - see?

Simple – see?

If you’re just tuning in, I’m working towards overengineering a drawing robot.1 Here’s my progress to date:

  • PolagraphSD case – discussed here – done!
  • Mounts for a paper roll – discussed here – waiting to upload…
  • Filament spools – discussed here – waiting to upload…
  • Stepper motor mounts – discussed in this post – waiting to upload…
  • Filament guides – discussed in this post – waiting to upload…
  • Pen holder/gondola – TBD

The most difficult part is definitely going to be the pen holder.  I’ve seen some good ones, but… well, that’s another blog post.  :)

  • Motor Mounts.
    • I’ve designed these motor mounts using the same exact groove system that I used to mount the paper roll holder.  This means I’ll be able to adjust, mount, and dismount the motors by just adjusting a single bolt.  I’m a little concerned about whether the plate the motors are attached to is thick enough to prevent it from wobbling.2
    • I’ve also left space around the motor so that I can add some kind of insulating material.  I’ll try a few different materials, starting with the cheapest and most readily available – cardboard.  After that, I’ll try polar fleece, foam packing material, a sheet of rubber or silicone.
    • With some minor modifications to the design, I could use some zip ties hold down the motor.
    • Since I don’t have any really really short M3 bolts, the length which would be ideal for holding the motor to the mounting plate through a thin layer of material, I’ll use an M3x16 with several M3 nuts on it.
  • Filament Guides.
    • In my earliest version of my drawing robot I tried to use a plastic filament guide which was incorporated into a motor mount.  While a cool idea, the original just didn’t work.  The filament squeaked and tended to bind on the filament guide.  This may have been due to the filament rubbing against the wood of the project box.  This new one is basically a plastic cylinder that will be insert into a hole in the wooden project box.
Posts in the DrawBot Adventure Series
  1. Wanna make a DrawBot?
  2. DrawBot Resources and Links
  3. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  4. DrawBots for the slow learner
  5. DrawBot - Parts Ordered!!!
  6. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  7. DrawBot - Parts Shipped!!!
  8. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  9. DrawBot - The Plan!
  10. DrawBot - The Hacks
  11. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  12. DrawBot - The Delivery, Part II
  13. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part III
  14. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part I
  15. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  16. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  17. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  18. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part IV
  19. DrawBot – Design Considerations
  20. DrawBot – Halp!!! No - seriously, a little help?
  21. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  22. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  23. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  24. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part VI
  25. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  26. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VI
  27. DrawBot – Printed Parts
  28. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  29. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  30. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  31. DrawBot – Printing!
  32. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  33. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  34. DrawBot – Calibration
  35. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  36. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  37. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  38. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  39. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  40. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  41. Speedier DrawBot Drawings
  42. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  43. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  44. DrawBot Practice Tip: A Watched Pot
  45. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  46. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  47. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  48. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  49. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  50. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  51. The Eagle Has Landed
  52. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  53. Overengineered Spools
  54. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  55. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  56. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  57. DrawBot - A Tour!
  58. DrawBot - A Preview
  59. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot Poll
  60. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  61. Unidentified Foam Object
  62. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  63. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  64. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  65. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  66. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  67. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  68. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  69. To Maker Faire!!!
  70. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  71. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  72. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  73. PlotterBot.com - a new site dedicated to drawing robots
  1. Photo courtesy of Casey Hussein Bisson []
  2. Wibbly wobbly, timey wimey []

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