Week 15 - Mechanical Design

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We are making a Braille printing machine. For the mechanical design, I contributed:
1. Designing and laser-cutting the first prototype of the side-frame in 3mm plywood.
2. Designing and 3D-printing the printer-head

We assembled a quick prototype in 3mm thick plywood to get started and visualize how our final machine might look like. The two side-frames of the braille printer needed to have holes for the two rods and the belts to pass through. Here is the design file: (.f3d).

Below is the picture of the assembly of rods and belts through the side-frame.

Making the printer-head

Here is the design file : (.f3d).

Test-printing a belt clamp for the printer head. One belt has to be movable while the other one is fixed in the printer head.

The following are the two designs that we tried for the printer head. The design on the left, which has two parts, is the first one that we tried. However, for the machine, we finally settled on the design on the right side, which is a single piece.

The two parts of the printer head to fix the rods and then screw the two parts together tight.

Fixing the rods and testing. However, we had doubts about equal alignment of the two rods and hence shifted to a single piece printhead.

Testing different diameter holes of 15.1mm, 15.2mm and 15.3mm to check which tightly holds the 15mm rod. The 15.3mm diameter hole seemed to be the right fit and hence I used this dimension to design the printer head.

The final design of the printer head, as a single piece. It is holding the solenoid in the picture below.