• Welcome to our site! Electro Tech is an online community (with over 170,000 members) who enjoy talking about and building electronic circuits, projects and gadgets. To participate you need to register. Registration is free. Click here to register now.

Miniature trapeze

Status
Not open for further replies.

BigWeasel

New Member
I would like to make a 1/12 scale trapeze swing by itself. Unfortunately, my knowledge on little motors and things is almost nil. I did make a carousel and a ferris wheel spin using microwave turntable motors. For me, that was a major achievement. Any help anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated.
 

gophert

Well-Known Member
Most Helpful Member
Thank you for the suggestion. I thought of that too, but they swing way too fast for what I'm needing.

Buy a gear motor on eBay. I think they have little motors geared down to 10 to 16 rpm. Price under $5 last I looked.


You can turn down voltage to slow it down. That fear ratio should allow you to move a fairly heavy load smoothly.
 

gophert

Well-Known Member
Most Helpful Member
It depends on the design of your trapeze.
How big is 1/12 scale?
How fast should it swing to look natural? (How many per minute?) (How far is the arc for each swing)
How long is the rope?
 

gophert

Well-Known Member
Most Helpful Member
Also, how is your device built? Is it really rope/string or a rigid plastic material?
 

BigWeasel

New Member
Wow, that's a lot of things that I never gave any thought to before asking for help. I will attempt upload a diagram of what I'm wanting. Thank you for offering your assistance.
 

BigWeasel

New Member
I tried uploading a drawing of what I wanted but it said the file was too large. The swing hangs 14 inches. I used 1/4 dowels painted to look like rope in stead of line so they would be rigid. The arc is 10 inches either way. I'd like it to swing around 5-6 swings per minute. My wife calls it 1/12 scale because she says 1 inch equals about a foot. I appreciate any help you can offer
 

BobW

Active Member
A 14 inch pendulum will have a natural period of 1.2 seconds, about 10 times faster than what you want. So, you'll need some kind of motor drive in order to go that slow. Could be tricky to make it look natural.
 

BigWeasel

New Member
Somebody suggested a windshield washer linkage system using one of the microwave turntable motors that I already have. Do you think that would be feasible?
 

ClydeCrashKop

Well-Known Member
Most Helpful Member
An off center crank pin on your turntable motor and a connecting rod to a dowel should work and it will look natural.

Simulation of a Four-bar Mechanism
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

Latest threads

EE World Online Articles

Loading
Top