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Ways To Turn Knob With Stepper Motor Using Arduino

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  1. StealthRT

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    Hey all I am wondering what would be the best items to purchase for me to be able to turn this know (continuous) below:

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    I'm just needing to know what kind of servo torque I would need in order to turn that without issues of it getting stuck mid-ways.

    i spoke to the original creator of that web site project that i linked to and this is what they had to say about the parts that were used:

    Are there any servos that have a hole in the middle so that i can slide it over the turning rod and screw down to tighten on it in order to spin it as if you were spinning it yourself with the handle?

    Something like this:
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    As I mentioned above, I would need the stepper motor to have a continuous rotation in order for it to work with either of these dry food dispensers above.

    There is a decent tutorial HERE but really doesn't give much information about how they went about building it and the mentioned Yocto-LatchedRelay seems over priced for something that can be done with just a stepper motor and some logic behind it.

    I plan on using a ATMEGA32u4 with this project. I will have a total of 6 of these to control.

    The handle/shaft is 2 1/2" long.
    The paddle is 3" long
    The base (measured from the inside) is 5 7/4"

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    So any suggestions on what would be best for this type of project would be great and I look forward in hearing them! :)
     
  2. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    It may be easier to look at a completely different approach.

    Perhaps a spring loaded flap that prevents the cereal from escaping, and a solenoid or similar which pulls it open.

    The problem with dispensers like this is that there is always the chance of a piece of cereal jamming the mechanism so all the cereal gets dispensed. And maybe that's why you see scoops being used? The variation in size, hardness and other hard to categorize differences in cereals is a nightmare. Sure, a rice bubble caught somewhere is not a problem as it will crush to powder, but a piece of dried fruit from muesli will not.
     
  3. StealthRT

    StealthRT

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    This shouldnt be an issue as the white paddle is rubber and flexes so if something does get stuck then the servo should have no issues with continuous rotating.
     
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    73's de Edd

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