Quick and Easy "electric Linear Actuator" Prototype ...


Introduction: Quick and Easy "electric Linear Actuator" Prototype ...

Do you know hydraulic cylinders (aka hydraulic motors) ?
Well, this slideshow is about an electric "counterpart" prototype, which use a DC motor, a bolt & nut, and an aluminium cylinder.

There is no casing, and no mean to prevent the cylinder from rotating yet ... but that's just a prototype ...

PS : thanks to Gmoon and Proteus who told me how it was actually called in English. =o)



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    nice one ..thanks dude

    To keep it from rotating, I epoxied another, much smaller diameter tube alongside the long tube. I then cut out a single piece of square plywood, and drilled two different-sized holes next to each other in the wood to accept the two glued-together cylinders. I lubed the assembly with a small amount of petroleum jelly. It lubes the parts, but the keeps the wood from swelling. I intend to use this as a simple "latch" to keep a door from opening when it shouldn't. Thanks to the original poster for a great idea. It got me "over the hump" on this project.

    Excellent, simple idea. I have a bit of a different application that is similar that you might enjoy. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmC4WoLkvBs&feature=youtu.be

    this is ingenious.

    Very cool!

    If you connect the tube to the motor, you can use the bolt head as a mounting point.

    thank you! this was so helpful, now my next problem, how to make it retract without reversing its turn?

    this is brilliant and had given me the idea to build my own one, slightly larger, i will be welding to my motor shaft so that should hold it nicely.

    It's sort of a linear worm drive. I can see this getting used in Hallowe'en animatronics. The glueing is a weak-point, though - it might shear under a load. The motor's pulley and the head of the bolt might need keyed together somehow.

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    tried but i had a problem with it getting in the threads of the bolt


    One might try to drill a hole in the head of the bolt, dead centre or as near reckoning as required, making sure the hole is marginally smaller than the diameter of the axle. Heat the head of the bolt, slide/hammer in to position and allow cooling. Most toy/hobby motor axles that I have come across tend to poke out of the back of the motor, so it could be conceivably hammered on a flat surface without messing up the motors innards. Alternatively if one wished to make a secure fit without the aid of drills, rotary tools or such one could get a hex size adapter (like the ones with a square shape one end and a hex on the other) and epoxy the whole assembly together. Big and messy I know but it could work. Drew

    How have your results been with this? I can't find small enough actuators for my projects so I'm willing to try this.

    great idea make a lot of my projects easier

    but wont the nut just spin with the motor shaft?

    Linear Actuators are hard to come by where I live, I tried this before with stepper motors it works surprisingly well!

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    ok my idea is what if we use a belt and a big wheel to attach the small one which is direct and fast when rotates. it will make the motion realistic as in the backhoe slow moving up and down.

    this is a godsend. I've been thinking of ways to make my own actuator since funds are low and this is almost identical to the ideas I had. glad someone made it so I can see how I could do it and or improve it. great 'ible

    nice idea....