Linear Motion Kit
The REV Robotics 15mm Linear Motion kit is designed for use with the REV Robotics 15mm Extrusion. The Linear Motion Kit v2 (REV-45-1507) contains many of the hardware pieces needed to build a single stage lift. Items necessary for powering the linear motion system are sold separately, as part of a linear motion bundle, or in the FIRST Global Kit. Requirements are highly dependent on implementation so tools and actuators are excluded from the bundle. This guide is designed to build a three stage lift in two possible configurations (Cascading or Continuous). Additional materials are needed to complete the build are detailed in the Tools and Materials below.
To complete the full assembly in this guide a few tools and additional materials are needed. Some quantities are depended on the type of lift being built.
For this guide you will need:
- REV Linear Motion Kit v2 – QTY 2
These instructions explain how to build one half of a single stage lift. Each linear motion kit contains enough hardware to create a full single stage lift. Repeat this process four times to create all of the segments needed for the four-stage lift.
The above steps 1-5 will result in the Basic Assembly for a 15mm linear motion elevator using the REV Robotics Linear Motion Kit and Extrusion. Repeat the steps 1-5 above four times building the four-stage lift in this guide. A minimum of two assemblies are needed for a single stage lift. Adding additional Basic Assemblies will add more stages to the lift system.
Basic Slide Assembly
Take two of the basic assemblies created in Steps 1-5 and slide them together.
With the hex cap bolts still slightly loose from step 5, gently slide the extrusion in and out allowing the slider plates to shift into optimal alignment. The slide should only take a minimal effort to move.
Carefully tighten the hex cap bolts without shifting the joining plates and re-check the slide for any binding. Repeat as necessary.
To finish assembly for the three stage lift, add two additional basic assemblies to the Basic Slide Assembly shown in Figure 3. One basic assembly is added to each side of the Basic Slide Assembly.
Once all four basic assemblies are slid together, attach an endcap onto one of the ends of the extrusion pieces with a M3 x 8mm or larger bolt. Make sure it is the same end for all four sections of the lift. The ends of the extrusion need to be tapped* for M3. These will help keep the lift from overextending as well as hold the pulleys that are used to drive the lift up and down. Which type of elevator you are making will determine which pieces of extrusion on the lift require an endcap, and which can be left uncovered.
Linear motion stages can be driven many different ways, but our recommendation is to use a string wound around a pulley and segments of surgical tubing to operate as a powered return. The string and pulley arrangement is used in one of two ways: Cascading or Continuous lifts. In the Cascading lift assembly, all the stages move up simultaneously, each one by an equal amount. In the Continuous string assembly only one stage moves at a time and the position of each stage relative to each other is not controlled, only the position of the final stage relative to the start position is controlled. This distinction is not relevant in most applications; however, it is a feature that can be used to great effect and is worth keep in mind during design and prototyping. The guide assumes you are attaching the lift to a robot. For creating this guide REV used a test stand to secure the lift and motor. This stand is shown in the steps for the Cascading and Continuous lift.
To drive the linear motion system, we recommend using a combination of these products:
- Small Pulley Bearings (REV-41-1368)
- M3 x 12mm or longer hex cap bolts (REV-41-1360)
- M3 Nyloc Nuts (REV-41-1361)
- M3 Plain Nuts (REV-41-1126)
- UHMWPE Cord (REV-41-1162)
- Core Hex Motor (REV-41-1300) or HD Hex Motor (REV-41-1301)
- Surgical Tubing