Commit 339dedb8 authored by Jake Read's avatar Jake Read
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add first pull video, cad for mm-instron, etc

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# micro Stress vs Strain Machine
## Spec!
## Progress
To test requisite parts for a small stress and strain machine, I attached some jaws and a load cell to [this 'generalist' machine](
I used [automatakit]( network controllers and [atkapi]( to program the beginnings of a materials testing system: here I'm just stepping the axis along 25 steps at a time and capturing a photo on each step. No data yet.
Probably the most interesting point is that Sam and I have decided to try using a webcam and some computer vision to track the position of the speciment endpoints. He's done some prior work, [here](
## Next Steps
- wake up ADC / find external high resolution ADC
- hello world computer vision on markers
- show high resolution stress / strain measurement w/o high stiffness machine
- show machine reference via known material?
# Design Spec / Notes
The goal here is to design and build a machine, which can be fabricated in $250k size fab labs, that can generate stress-strain curves for a wide set of materials as well as perform hardness testing.
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All in, a direct rack and pinion drive can land us at a 2kN machine with some desired resolution, but we're at or near most of the limits here.
### Belts
Since I was spinning this up to test on a belt-driven gantry system, I was able to confirm that this is a bad idea. We defeat the elastic stretch of the belt by measuring at the specimen (not through the machine's structural loop) but a meagre GT2 belt profile skips teeth pretty quickly as we approach any tens of kilos of load.
### Ball or Leadscrews
Racks aside, a ballscrew is the obvious way to do this. Ballscrews can be had for less than hundereds of dollars. Besides transmitting motion smoothly, their ratios are favourable. For example, with a 5mm pitch ballscrew having an efficiency of 85%, we can drive 14kN with our 13Nm motor - so 28kN for the machine.
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Ok, doing this with a wheatstone-bridge type load cell now.
I believe I want my ADC to have the green line 'on top' and white on the bottom, of a differential channel.
## Fixturing
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