3D printed high torque servo/gearbox Version 2
This servo/gearbox is the new and improved version of my original gearbox design. The original one (project can be found here: https://bbprojects.technology/blogs/projects/3d-printable-high-torque-servo-gear-reduction) had a gear ratio of 30:1 and the speed of the output shaft was about 715 RPM which made it difficult to tune in the right PID parameters.
This new version has a gear ratio of about 162:1 which lowers the speed of the output shaft to about 60RPM and increases the torque to around 297kg*cm.
I choose to go for double helical gears on this one because they produce a lot less noise than regular spur gears and the forces on the teeth are transferred more gradually. The gears rotate around a 6mm stainless steel shaft which is lubricated with bearing grease. Ideally all the gears should have some bearings, this is being considered for the next moment because when the servo runs for a few moments the gears in the first stage can heat up pretty quick to around 30 degrees Celsius. Unlike my previous design I used 2 20mm bearings to support the output shaft.
This servo was designed using Autodesk Fusion 360. I used these 2 plugins to create the bevel and double helical gears, one is 40 dollars but well worth it's money:
The servo uses a 775 36V 9000rpm brushed DC-motor which is driven by a Universal Motion Controller. The stall torque theoretically is about 297kg*cm, I was able to test the servo to a torque of about 132kg*cm.
*Note: the 10K potentiometer is only necessary if you plan on using this gearbox as a servo. If you're just using it to for example drive the shredder you don't need the potentiometer.
During testing none of the gears broke, they were all printed in PLA with an Anet E12 and a Reprap Prusa I3. The weak link in this design however where the mounting tabs and the bevel gears used in the first stage on the motor shaft. These 2 gears in the first stage tend to slip under high loads ,like when I tried to pull the car forwards with it's handbrake on, but this didn't occur when I performed the test where it pulled 132kg*cm of torque so it should be fine to at least this torque rating.
Gears used to reach a 162:1 gear ratio:
- Gear 1: Bevel gear -> 15 teeth , Module 1
- Gear 2: Bevel / Double helical gear -> 60/13 teeth , Module 1 / 1.5
- Gear 3: Double helical gear -> 39/13 teeth , Module 1.5
- Gear 4: Double helical gear -> 39/13 teeth , Module 1.5
- Gear 5: Double helical gear -> 39/18 teeth , Module 1.5 / 2
- Gear 6: Double helical gear -> 27 teeth , Module 2
Additional parameters used:
- Gear type: radial system
- Helix angle: 30 deg
- Pressure angle: 20 deg
- Backlash: 0.2mm
STL-files and the Fusion 360 source files can be downloaded here: https://bbprojects.technology/stl-fusion-360-source-files/3d-printable-high-torque-servo-gearbox-version-2-files
Drawings for the shafts can be downloaded here
|11||×||3D printed components|
|1||×||775 brushed motorlink: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/DGvyjgpjip|
|2||×||M5 bolt and nut 40mmdimension: 40mm length, Used to secure the big gear and servo arm in place|
|1||×||M3 Bolt and nut 30mmdimension: 30mm length, Used to secure the small position feedback gear to the 20mm shaft|
|2||×||6mm stainless steel shaft cut to 81mm and 104mm for the 2 gear shaftslink: https://www.banggood.com/681012mm-Diameter-550mm-Length-Linear-Rail-Shaft-Rod-for-3D-Printer-p-1533105.html?p=E01411629100201406T1&custlinkid=1206718|
|7||×||screws 30mm length: dimension: 4.5mm diameter, 30mm length, Used to mount the lid|
|2||×||20mm inner diameter 6004 bearings (20*42*12mm)link: https://www.banggood.com/Deep-Groove-Ball-Bearings-6000-60052RS-High-Speed-Bearing-Steel-p-942862.html?p=E01411629100201406T1&custlinkid=1206865|
|2||×||Screws 15mm length: dimension: 4.5mm diameter, 15mm length, Used to mount the motor|
|1||×||10K potentiometerlink: https://www.banggood.com/5pcs-200V-0_2W-10K-Ohm-Potentiometer-Single-Linear-p-961348.html?p=E01411629100201406T1&custlinkid=1206871|
Added a mechanical drawing of the 20mm shaft to the file section07/20/2020 at 15:58
YouTube video07/20/2020 at 13:15
Published a video of this servo on YouTube.