Little Dipper Mechanical

I’ve got most of the mechanical together for the Little Dipper painting robot.

The machine has good rigidity and is big enough for an 8.5×11″ sheet of paper in landscape. There is about 1/8″ clearance between the arm and the painting surface. I hope that’s enough.

The Y-Axis works great. It is a geared stepper from an old scanner and some nice 8mm rails and linear bearings.

The X-Axis rails and bearings are from old scanners. They are a little sticky and the X-Axis motor (also a geared stepper from a scanner) doesn’t have enough torque.

I just ordered some 8mm rails and bearings. The scanner rails I have are 15.25″ and the rails I ordered are 16″ so I can either slice a bit off or increase the throw of the machine a bit. That will take a week or so, so I guess this project has to sit on the shelf for a week or so.

Changing the rails and bearings will be an ugly operation. I may just sacrifice a piece of hardboard and just assemble a new machine around the new bearings.

Lesson learned: Don’t keep junk thinking you’ll use it. You’ll spend more time buying the right stuff and redoing things.

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