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What can I use to move a table top across a plane in the x y axes, (ie back and forth, side to side on the same level)? Answered

This is a re-framing of an earlier Q that didn't get any replies :-( Essentially I have a small table top of 30cm2 and I want to move that back and forth and side to side on the same level/height. If you know how to do this please let me know, and shoudl you also know how to make the table rise up and down that would be a terrific bonus! At this point I am actually quite desparate for an answer as my project is held up until I can solve this. Many thanks for stopping by; all thoughts are appreciated.

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kevinhannan (author)2009-08-18

Hi seandogue! Yes, to both of your thoughts. I'm going to sit down over some squared paper during breakfast and see what I can do, combining your thoughts with Rick's. I'll let you know how it goes! Cheers again! Keep well.

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kevinhannan (author)2009-08-17

Hi Seandogue! Thanks for that - the link was excellent. Sadly that project fails on a few points for me; too costly, too complex and the mechanics (far)exceeds its own boundaries. But don't let the above detract away from the fact that your answer was very nearly spot-on for my needs - thanks for your time. I will alsobe checking your advice on searching for CNC here. Thanks Seandogue and Rick, you guys are the best!

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rickharris (author)2009-08-17

Do you need to have precise control over the distance moved? If not critical then a cord and 2 pulleys and a motor and gear box to pull the cord..If precicion needed use a screw.

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kevinhannan (author)rickharris2009-08-17

Thanks, Rick, I appreciate your time - I'll give your answer some thought - although at this point I'm not sure how I would use each pulley to manipulate its respective x/y axis position. I'll sleep on it, that usually works! Kind regards and thanks again!

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