Rotating platform with actuator (e.g. for timelapse photography)

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Rotating platform with actuator (e.g. for timelapse photography) by rincey12 May 30, 2013
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A platform (5cm radius) and a fitting 3-arm-actuator which is connected to a stepper motor with a 5mm coupler and runs on a base made of foamboard.

The platform has 3 holes to fix small bearings for smoother moving.

Controlled with an Arduino, a stepper motor board and a gear stepper motor with 2048 steps per round.

For rotating timelapse videos like this:

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This looks great! Where do you get the platform and the ball bearings?

Platform and bearings are Makerbeam stuff

I used the IKEA cooking timer for years :) The only downsides were that I couldn't control speed and couldn't make more than 1 full rotation...

Speed and number of rotations with the IKEA egg timer can be controlled with two or three printed cogwheels. It cannot accelerate and decelerate like your rotating platform.

Ah, OK, didn't know. Have to try :)

So do I. First I need to purchase the IKEA egg timer. and then I have to design the cogwheels.