We are undertaking the development of a “Relief Plotter” that pushes up pins arranged in a grid.
The machine pushes up the data three-dimensionally, it looks like a relief by the height difference of pushed pins.
As the first prototype, it consists of the following elements.
Placing the XY axis mechanism using the ball screw in the bottom part of the machine.
The head part is a pushing-up mechanism using rack and pinion.
The head part moves in parallel, and it push the pin in a prescribed position.
When pins are pushed up, the pin’s position is retained by friction of the top plate.
We think that this machine will lead to Kohie's final project.
Kohei's final project
And it can also be applied to the data visualization that Saki is working on as her private project.
3D data visualization
This machine consists of 3 components.
Stage that moves in X-Y direction
Pin pushing machine
Top plate with pins
So we made each prototype separately and check the mechanisms and design notes of them.
2.1 Stage that moves in X-Y direction
At firts, we made a stage that moves in X-Y direction with cardboard. This is based on Nadia’ MTM kit.
Nadia's design was too big for our lazer cutter, so we redesigned enclosure data with Fusion 360.
2.2 Pin pushing components
This components is attached to the stage and moves in X-Y direction.
After moving to the specified position, it pushes up the pin above.
We tried to realize it by using stepper motor and rack and pinion gear.
The gears were made of MDF (5.5mm) and the enclosure made of cardboard (5.0mm).
2.3 Top plate with pins
To plot some data, we must hold pins after pushing up.
So we try to use different types of materials soft rubber and MDF.
The hole of MDF is slightly bigger than pin size. This plays a role as guide to push up vertically.
On the other hand, the hole of rubber is a bit tight. it holds pushed up pins by friction.
At last, we assembled each compornent and checked the movement and size.
3. Mecanical design
3.1 Move in X-Y direction X-Y motor
3.1 Z motor
4. Erectronics Design & Programming
4.1 System Overview
4.2 X-Y motor
4.3 Z motor
4.5 GUI on Processing
6 x SPEED
4. Top components
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