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Per Westermark
09/18/12 18:29
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#188395 - Cost/safety
Responding to: Richard Erlacher's previous message
You would be hard-pressed to make something more safe than a pneumatic solution. All you need is a safety valve that opens at a specific pressure to limit the amount of force. And that takes care of all probes. No probe that will press harder since each cylinder would have the same area.

Anything with motors, gears, ... are likely to be much too powerful so relying on software/sensors to stop when reaching the allowed force. Even friction couplings are problematic when you have 100 that all must be just as reliable and safe.

There are so low forces and no problem with air leakage so each cylinder can be even home-made by a rod with groves for o-rings and inserted into suitable-sized tubes.

A trivially cheap micro-PC capable of running standard Linux or Windows applications would be more than capable of handling quite cheap web cameras in case image-recognition is used for position detection. Etching lines into the rods for photo-transistors to count pulses should also be doable at a reasonable cost. Having a rubber wheel pressed to each rod and a rotary encoder would require quite a lot of rotary encoders. But should still be doable with that budget.

I don't see the hardware costs as the big issue. A bigger issue is to consider how to make the device practical to use, practical to store and practical to maintain. For example if a cluster of rods can be spread out like a fan when the device should be used, but allowing a much smaller storage size. 100 cylinders would mean 100 air tubes - not so fun to spread out 100 tubes from a central distribution cap like the ignition wires. Nicer if the air tube jumps from cylinder to cylinder.

This is mostly a mechanical project with potential for some fun programming depending on what sensor solution that is selected.

List of 49 messages in thread
TopicAuthorDate
How would you do this?      Richard Erlacher      09/10/12 10:30      
   I have no idea if this would work, but ....      Erik Malund      09/10/12 10:32      
      How would one actuate them?      Richard Erlacher      09/10/12 12:29      
   strain guage      Mahmood Elnasser      09/10/12 11:03      
      Yes, you might be onto something.      Richard Erlacher      09/10/12 12:49      
         Computer-controlled?      Per Westermark      09/10/12 16:37      
            computer controlled      Richard Erlacher      09/10/12 19:52      
               Calibration + redundant force-limitation      Per Westermark      09/11/12 00:03      
               Interesting problem      Jim Granville      09/13/12 15:06      
                  Yes, it seemed coarse, at first.      Richard Erlacher      09/13/12 17:08      
                     Precision is cheap ?      Jim Granville      09/14/12 15:15      
                        I don't follow ...       Richard Erlacher      09/15/12 09:59      
                           Precision      Jim Granville      09/15/12 19:09      
                              other considerations      Richard Erlacher      09/15/12 20:15      
         Tomographic imaging?      Christoph Franck      09/11/12 04:47      
            There's one major problem ... maybe two ...      Richard Erlacher      09/11/12 09:20      
               $100 MRI unit      Erik Malund      09/11/12 09:31      
                  I'm not sure ...       Richard Erlacher      09/12/12 09:57      
         Voice coil and LVDT?      Oliver Sedlacek      09/12/12 02:37      
            Not having a lot of experience with this sort of stuff ...      Richard Erlacher      09/12/12 10:07      
               Danger/problems with hydraulic since no spring effect      Per Westermark      09/12/12 13:55      
                  A few things puzzle me with this approach      Richard Erlacher      09/13/12 02:07      
   Ultra Sound Probing      Michael Karas      09/10/12 16:36      
      Ultra-sound is better for measuring surface or sub-surface      Per Westermark      09/10/12 16:39      
   I would not use volumetric imaging      Justin Fontes      09/13/12 11:05      
      I'm not sure what you mean      Richard Erlacher      09/13/12 16:59      
         another thought      Rick Gebhardt      09/17/12 13:43      
            I consider that one of the more "pregnant" approaches      Richard Erlacher      09/17/12 15:25      
               Lots of options available      Per Westermark      09/17/12 16:14      
                  You've got to consider cost      Richard Erlacher      09/18/12 16:50      
                     Cost/safety      Per Westermark      09/18/12 18:29      
                     Cost target?      Oliver Sedlacek      09/21/12 08:37      
                        The price target comes from a few prosthetists      Richard Erlacher      09/21/12 21:46      
   comercial CMM      Mahmood Elnasser      09/17/12 13:58      
      This only received cursory examination       Richard Erlacher      09/17/12 15:28      
         pneumatic actuator      Rick Gebhardt      09/17/12 20:14      
            Yes ... but what would this cost?      Richard Erlacher      09/17/12 23:30      
               100 rods?      Per Westermark      09/18/12 02:04      
                  Patient size ...      Christoph Franck      09/18/12 06:12      
                     That's what I'm considering      Richard Erlacher      09/18/12 07:50      
                     AAACK! ... another double post ...       Richard Erlacher      09/18/12 07:50      
                  it's not as big as you think!      Richard Erlacher      09/18/12 07:40      
                     90% coverage      Maarten Brock      09/19/12 03:47      
                        So maybe vacuum pump for the too fat people      Per Westermark      09/19/12 06:38      
   I do not know if this is relevant, but      Erik Malund      09/19/12 07:52      
      I'll have to look into this.      Richard Erlacher      09/19/12 09:13      
         Single air pressure sensor sensor for tip force guestimate      Per Westermark      09/19/12 11:27      
   What about infrared?      Marshall Brown      09/21/12 03:03      
      How would you do this so it would retail for under $5k      Richard Erlacher      09/21/12 08:21      

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