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Nema 17 Stepper 5:1 Planetary Reducer
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This is still a bit of a work in progress but I think it's mostly workable now.
Warning! There be overhangs here!
I have yet to see what sort of torque this can handle but it seems like it will handle quite a bit. I'm able to stop it if I grab two of the screws sticking out of the planet carrier. Hopefully I'll measure the torque soon.
This is intended to be used with another bearing somewhere on the output shaft. I can't imagine that it would handle any load with only one bearing on there. A different cover could easily be made with a spot for another bearing.
The current design adds 38.5mm in length to your stepper, it could be less but the makerbot supplied stepper that I have has long shaft so I had to make it longer to stop it from interfering with the bolt for the output.
It could probably be 5mm or so shorter pretty easily with a shorter stepper shaft.
5/11/2011 Initial Upload
5/12/2011 Switched to 2x 683ZZ bearings for planets, shortened planets a bit, increased backlash and clearance, added list of some possible ratios
5/13/2011 Added addendum/dedendum adjustment to gear library for internal gear.
Removed most of the constants at the top and switched to arguments with defaults
Added multi-stage capability, now you can stack multiple stages in one case
5/20/2011 Added a way to get a screw in to bolt to the stepper and nuts in so that you can bolt it to something (I didn't think it would be too easy to find screws to go through the whole thing into the stepper)
Added a relief on the underside of the cover to clear the screws in the carrier.
5/25/2011 Uploaded separate STLs and modified involute_gears library
These are preliminary instructions. This hasn't been tested under power yet (or attached to the stepper for that matter)
Warning! There be overhangs here!
Print all the parts (either separately or all at once, be sure to print 3 planet gears).
Clean them up as necessary.
Press the bearings into either side of the planets. (2 683ZZ per planet, 6 total).
Insert a 6mm bolt in the carrier to use as an output shaft.
Screw the bearings/planets to the carrier with 3mm screws, nuts and loctite (don't overtighten)
Insert the carrier assembly into the case
Insert a bearing into the cover (606)
Insert nuts in either side of the sun gear in the pockets and thread in set screws.
Attach the sun to your stepper, tighten both set screws and insert it into the case.
Screw it all together (and to whatever you are attaching it to).
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