Introduction: Crane Toy
For this project you will need :
- plywood 5mm thick
- plywood/cardboard/oak... 18mm thick
- M5-12mm screws, quantity 7
- M6-40mm, quantity 4
- M6-50mm, quantity 1
- cord string
- A cnc router or a laser cutter (think to the fablabs network if you don't have this at home)
- A 3D printer with PLA
- hex keys for M5 & M6
Step 1: Cut the Wood
- For the plywood I've used a downcut bit (2mm diameter).
- I have a STEPCRAFT D600 with a M800 spindle : I've cut with a speed of 260 mm/min, spindle speed 3.
- For the circle foot I've cut a 18mm oak plate to a 250mm circle. But I recommend cardboard because oak is expansive.
I give you here the DXF file with the profile.
Step 2: 3D Print
There is 6 items type to print :
- 7 spacers, they will be used to assemble and maintain the 2 plywood profiles
- 2 return pulleys
- 1 main pulley (to wrap the string)
- 1 crank
- 1 bracket to fix the bottom crane
- 1 hook
Materiel : PLA, 0.4mm nozzle, 0.2mm layers
TIP : print the crank a little bit larger, scale 100.5 or 101%. This will help further to insert it on his axe.
Step 3: Prepare the 3D Printed Items
Tap the spacers with M5. The thread must pass through the all length.
Step 4: Assemble the Crane
- Screw the spacers on one profile.
- Insert the pulleys.
- Place the second profile and screw it.
- Insert the crank : push it on the axe of the rollup pulley, it is normally tight enough to hold itself. If not reprint it changing the scale.
- Insert the bottom bracket and tight the M6 screws in diagonal. You will notice the different sizes of the holes : some are 5.5 mm, the M6 screw will tap itself when inserting.
- Tap the bottom bracket with M6.
- Drill through the bottom plate to let pass the M6 screw, then drill to mid-point with a larger bit to let pass the head of the screw.
- Screw the bottom bracket, not to tight to let the crane turn.
- you can add a washer between the plate and the bracket to have a smoother move.
- Attach a string to the hook and to the main pulley.
- I've used a Flex filament for 3D printing. But anything kind of string can do the job.
Step 5: Conclusion
My 3 yo son is happy :-)
As an extra, it is possible to decorate the crane with colored pencils, markers, paint ..
If you want to make this project and don't have a CNC router and/or 3D printer, contact me to provide you the parts you need. I am happy to help.
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CNC Contest 2020