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V-Slot Linear Actuators

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V-Slot Linear Actuators by OpenBuilds Apr 3, 2013

Description

#V-Slot Linear Actuators
##What are V-Slot Actuators?
######V-Slot linear actuators are modular building blocks for your machine ideas!

**Example builds**
[OpenBuilds](http://openbuilds.com/ "OpenBuilds")

####They are made up of OpenBuilds V-Slot Aluminum Extrusion, a Mini-V Gantry System, and 2 End Mounts. This creates a low profile, high speed, belt driven linear actuator.
The V-Slot actuators are unique because the End Mounts contain mounting holes on both the back and bottom that allow connections to the Mini V Gantry Plate as well as V-Slot extrusion.
####V-Slot's linear actuator easily and quickly allows creating mechanical assembly's and motion control systems for just about any type of platform you can imagine!

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Yeah I was looking at the pulleys and they looked too small. I was thinking of putting extra idle pulleys in the mean times on the front 2 motor mount bolt and on the other side to give a more linear movement of the belts until I can find larger pulleys that work better.

You can use the smaller pulleys but like dmatsumoto stated, it will have a sloped look to it. We are in the process of testing larger pulleys and plan on stocking them for the Mini V.

Not sure what was up with my first sentence, but I meant "the geared pully you purchased". :)

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Instructions

Once the V-Slot Linear Actuators are assembled, you connect them together to create the machine design of your choice.
####-Different pulley sizes can be used.
####-The End Mounts are interchangeable.
####They can be used as either the motor mount side or the idler pulley side.
####-The belt is fed through the plate on each side and crimped back onto itself for secure mounting.
####-The belt can be tensioned by moving either End Mount.
###* Please Support the Open Source V-Slot KickStarter Campaign here: [V-Slot KickStarter](http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/openrail/openbuilds-v-slot)
###OpenBuilds accessories can be found on the [OpenBuilds Part Store](http://www.openbuildspartstore.com)

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domco on Jun 19, 2013 said:

Yeah I was looking at the pulleys and they looked too small. I was thinking of putting extra idle pulleys in the mean times on the front 2 motor mount bolt and on the other side to give a more linear movement of the belts until I can find larger pulleys that work better.

OpenBuilds on Jun 19, 2013 said:

You can use the smaller pulleys but like dmatsumoto stated, it will have a sloped look to it. We are in the process of testing larger pulleys and plan on stocking them for the Mini V.

dmatsumoto on Jun 18, 2013 said:

@domco: the geared pulley you worked will be fine, but the belt will run pretty close to the ends of the extrusion. I used my "minified" universal plate with the belt, and looped it over the top instead of from the bottom, which added a bit of a sloped look to the belt and it looks funny. I'd recommed running the belt underneath the plate so it runs perpendicular to the extrusion. The only reason why I went the other way was to get the teeth on the belt to engage so that when I ziptie it together, I'm positive it won't slip. I can post pictures of my assembly if this doesn't make sense. That said, I'd love to see pulleys with a larger OD so the belt doesn't run against the extrusion.

dmatsumoto on Jun 18, 2013 said:

Not sure what was up with my first sentence, but I meant "the geared pully you purchased". :)

domco on Jun 18, 2013 said:

Thanks! I ordered the Gear'd pulley, Idle pulley, some v-slot and some misc things from your webpage yesterday. I'll give that one a try to start with.

OpenBuilds on Jun 18, 2013 said:

Hello domco. We are still testing different size pulleys. We will update this post once we have the pulley information. We are also working on a complete bill of materials and will be sure to post that as well.
Thank you,
OpenBuilds Team

domco on Jun 17, 2013 said:

What pulleys are used inside the mini V. I love the idea and I have printed the end pieces already but I need a bill of material or parts list to build one completely.

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