26 October 2020
Auger Lift #1
Auger Lift #1 is a member of the Jim’s Gym family of automata. It is in the process of being created.
Going into the project it is envisioned that a biped will be operating an elliptical sort of exercise machine, which will in turn power an auger, which will raise marbles up about 15”. The marbles will then roll back to the bottom for recycle.
I recently purchased a Prusa Mini, a 3D printer. This is the first automata that I will attempt to use it with.
As I consider the creation of Auger Lift #1 there are many different aspects to think about. At this moment I am considering how the marbles will drop back down once they have rolled over the top. Pictured at the right is a tipper assembly. The marble will roll in at the top and the tipper will rotate it to the bottom. I envision a counterbalance that will cause the motion to be slow and graceful.
Before I further develop the tippers I want to get the marbles to the top. Then I’ll know what I need to do (I’ll know where the bottom is).