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    1. cj7hawk

      cj7hawk New Member

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      Hi All,

      I'm looking to find/build small compact servo motors, eg, 80~200mm diameter, <100mm length, 200watts output, > 5Nm torque, 360 degrees / second... On the order of that kind of servo, while also ideally being lash-free, or at least with low lash.

      I was looking at strain wave gears ( harmonic drives ) but these seem to cost around $1000 each, and most are solid centered, so would require an external motor.

      I'm looking for similar ideas ( ratios > 10:1 in a single stage, up to 200:1 ) in a small size, with high efficiency ( > 90% minimum ), ideally few parts, and which can incorporate a motor and a reduction system within a very small size with a very high output power.

      What alternatives to strain wave systems exist that are inexpensive, ideally can be built without needing a factory or expensive CNC equipment ( eg, 3D printed would be ideal ) and would be suited to large scale robotics?

      All I can find presently is cascaded planetary systems, strain-wave drives, some 3D printed strain-wave drives ( that seem a little flimsy to ask for any serious torque ) and such.

      Does anyone have ideas that they can send me for existing products that do this kind of function? What should I be thinking of? What have I missed considering? What designs address this requirement?

      Any and all suggestions appreciated?

      Thanks
      David
       
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    3. henryjames945

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    4. s.weinberg

      s.weinberg Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      As you already mentioned, planetary gears are highly versatile. If you go with a more complex design, you can get quite a high reduction in a fairly tiny space.
      Cycloidal gearing is another option you should explore.
      Rumour has it, contrary to popular belief, that you can achieve fairly decent efficiency with a relatively low reduction worm gear (something in the 10:1 or 15:1 range).
      Lastly, you'd be shocked at how small you can package a simple spur or helical drive train. I used this sucker for a project once: https://www.pololu.com/product/1595/specs
      It's 10x12 x 29.5mm WITH THE MOTOR and the gearbox is nearly 1000:1
       
    5. Oilytrunk

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      This should do.
       

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