What to do with a drunken sailo.. err linear slide?
June 24, 2009
Ok I was cleaning up around the work bench and found this stepper and belt linear slide assembly that came from a printer. I had kept it to knock up a cheap x/y plotter, but I scrapped that idea and am building a CNC out of better stuff. It seemed like such a waste to destroy or scavenge the motor from it so I need some ideas of what to use this for. The stroke is about 350mm if something were to be attached to the belt, but theres no reason it can`t rotate continuously for something. I also have the metal strip that was used as a slide for the opposite side.
Some things I have thought of..
- Robotic plant tender for a small rectangular indoor planter. Mount a mini robot arm and watering hose to the belt. Maybe a colour sensor to monitor strawberries or mini tomatos?
- Digital ruler/cutting guide. Mount it into the bottom of a little hobby work table with a pot or buttons to select the size and a display? Could get some great accuracy.
- Mobile floor printer. Attach a hopper and crude print head to the back of a robot and fill with flour. Print/make a mess?
- Automated CD changer. Interfaced to the PC. Click a button for which CD/DVD and the machine takes care of it. Wouldn`t use it much though (image most of my games and rip most of my music). Could be cool for a standalone DVD player if I had one.
I`m leaning towards the planter right now since I like the feel of greenery in the room but can never remember to take care of it.
What do YOU think? Any ideas? Post them! The weirder and more wonderful the better!