Wall-e is an old animatronic robot we build for entertainment and social robotics research.
It is also used as a valuable platform for students projects.
Its joints are driven by different kinds of RC servos, and sometimes the servo axle is used as the robot joint. This is a weak design point and we had to change this.
We needed a neck replacement and we found a “Servo Block” kit for Hitec servos which was perfect for our robot. It was 29€ over our budget (0€) but the MechatronicMan foundation helped again.
Servo Block was perfect for our robot neck
As we ran out of budget we had to design and build new shoulders.
We originally used a Lynxmotion Servo joint with poor axial bearings but it was not solid enough.
Our new design used “standard” skates ball bearings. with two parts: A 3mm width aluminium plate and a 100mm width bearing support.
The old ISEL cpm 3020 did a nice work with a 3mm single flute straight carbide bit.
After a sandblasting the plate looks very professional! isn’t it?
And the final assembly with the quarter scale RC servo gives a solid joint for our robot.
That’s all. I just wanted to show it.
In the future I’m not using RC servos anymore unless I build a toy robot.
By the way, the joint in action were seen in last post : Animatronic at the Postgraduate Courses presentation 2015-16