Picture of Arduino controlled Rotary Stewart Platform

This instructable is about building a Rotary Stewart Platform. It allows to position its moving platform in six degrees of freedom. This specific platform is designed to be able to position a DSLR or any other digital camera.

This version of Stewart Platform uses instead of linear actuators just ordinary hobbyist servos for motion. Whole platform is controlled by an Arduino Uno, it computes all necessary equations to get the platform into right position and also controls servos.

Video of movement of completed platform can be seen here. Quality is not very good, but camera with better picture was at the time of capture on the platform. It was set-up for random position every 4 seconds.

Some informations about platform:

  • weight of load can be up to 2Kg (platform tested with 1.5Kg with no observable problems during moves in whole range of movements), theoretically platform should be able to cope with even higher loads, but it wasn't tested with such load
  • low power consumption - with load of 1kg was consumption of around 5W.
  • very good fineness of moves - smallest possible move is around 1mm
  • perfect ability to repeatedly achieve the same positions.
  • good stability of platform even with big loads.

All source files for platform (templates, Arduino source code, code for communication library can be found here.

Price of platform mostly depends on the price of servos and of the Arduino board. Cutting of parts, all other needed parts cost at most 50$. Total price can be around 150$.

IrDA and LCD with I2C interface were bought from ebay, they are very cheap (together around 10$)

Parts of platform are cutted from acrylic, i used 4mm acrylic.

Needed tools:

  • drill
  • screwdriver
  • tools needed for soldering and creation of PCB for connecting external power supply
  • measuring tools
  • double sided tape

In case of any questions, feel free to contact me.

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hi Thomas, i'm from Brazil.

I have a doubt about the servos:

Can I use servos with lower torque?

ThomasKNR (author)  pallogarciiaa14 days ago
hi, that depends on weight of load, with these servos the platform was strong and could handle the load for extended periods of time (hours). Therefore you can definitely use weaker servos if you won't put a lot of weight on it, also with shorter arms power of servos will be bigger.
radames ajna7 months ago

hi Thomas, where did you get the mathematics? I'm trying to use your code but would like to see the mathematics behind it, do you have any article that you can share ? thanks

craftclarity8 months ago

This is cool, I'd love to see a video of it in action...!

ThomasKNR (author)  craftclarity8 months ago

I added link for a video of platform in moves in the text, i don't have the platform right now because it's in my university, if i will get it once more, i will do better video and most probably i will expand this instructable.

me too! :)