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Mounting brackets for SRF05 (Open letter to Jack / DAGU)

SRF05 is still IMHO the best low-cost distance sensor.

And there is still no good / smart / fancy / easy / pro / cheap way to mount the darn thing on a turning neck / servo / front..

We now have a good contact to DAGU from China who makes cheap and cool robot-stuff.

So.. I thought.. Why don't we make some suggestions to how we would like such a mounting thing(ey) shaped and made? And then ask Jack from DAGU if he could start producing it?

This was my idea.. and now I need your help and ideas towards the design :)

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Parts list: 1 servo

               2  plain PCB

               1 socket

               One pair SRF05 sensor

There are a few brackets that are available. Lynxmotion has this kind. SuperDroid has a couple.

I think what I'd like is to take the Lynxmotion bracket, and drill the hole in the center out, so that a Maxbotix sonar could be mounted there. It might be nice to have the bracket in a clear lexan rather than metal, but that is not necessary. The servo mounting is pretty critical. And I'd actually like to see the Sharp mounting as vertical rather than horizontal. 

Found an interesting mount at Roboddyssey. Not readily apparent, but one flat piece attaches to the robot or a servo, the other attaches to the sensor, and the curved parts bolt into the edges to serve as a side bracket to aim the sensor at any angle from straight up to 45 to straight forward. Cool idea, but not sure it's $10 cool.   

with a hole to insert my nuts. 
If SHE wants a hole to put HER nuts I think you have issues.

I have discussed this suggestion with Jack, we both think if there are enough details we can produce the brackets.And it may also be available to your YDM, right? 

But we are working with few projects now, so if you do not mind we can talk it in details about two weeks later.

Hi Claudia, how nice to see you here! :)

Note that you can subscribe to treads that has your interest, like this one.

Yes, the brackets could surely be used to the YDM!

And to everyone else; This is the very time that you should enter sketchup or take out pen and paper etc.. and design a bracket for SRF05-mounting.

You have never been this close to a Chinese manufacturer that would listen to you on the issue!!

To maximize cost efficiency I recommend that the bracket be designed to hold more than just the SRF05. It should have mounting holes for other sensors as well such as sharp IR and maxbotix EZ1. It should also be able to work with any brand of servo.

Having something fit both the SRF05 and the sharp IR might be hard, unless we think of some mounting bracket that doesn't cover the front of the sensor but the back of it. By this i mean a bracket without the two big holes at the front for the ultrasonic receiver and sender, but just with some essential holes for inserting nut and screws ( this way the bracket will end up on the other side of the sensor board, not on the side with the sender/receiver, as said before)

Would this work?