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GimpForce1

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Desk top wire bender
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:29:08 AM »
 I thought I'd share this Kickstarter project as it seems to be a amazing tool and I look forward to watching the many different projects that come to life with it.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1638882643/diwire-the-first-desktop-wire-bender
 

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Re: Desk top wire bender
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2013, 01:13:29 PM »
that would be great for pinball wireform ramps :)
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Re: Desk top wire bender
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2013, 02:45:17 PM »
Now we cam make custom tool holders for the pegboard

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Re: Desk top wire bender
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2013, 11:10:06 AM »
that would be great for pinball wireform ramps :)

Ooooh....

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Re: Desk top wire bender
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2013, 12:14:29 PM »
Oooh shiny...
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Re: Desk top wire bender
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2013, 01:42:12 PM »
hmmm...
 
Making one of these would make a nice collective Lab project. 
 
It has electronics, mechanics, hydraulics, and software. 
 
And it wouldn't cost anywhere near $3000
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Re: Desk top wire bender
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2013, 03:37:24 PM »
Was it using hydraulics to make the bends? I was thinking you could use a stepper  and a planetary gear to do the bends.

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Re: Desk top wire bender
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2013, 04:47:52 PM »
I don't know what it was using.  A stepper could also work.
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Re: Desk top wire bender
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2013, 05:01:36 PM »
Well their open source model's parts list contains three of the following motor, and it's clearly steppers in their assembly video on Kickstarter: http://catalog.orientalmotor.com/item/stepping-motors/pk-series-stepping-motors/pk264a2a-sg10?&amp%3Bseo=110

I've had a project in mind for a while that might be easier to make than a steel rod bender and would be a step in the right direction. I've wanted to make one of these for a long time: cookie cutter machine
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Re: Desk top wire bender
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2013, 12:54:15 PM »
I recently built a project with a NEMA 23 stepper motor that direct-drove a worm gear gearbox and the torque coming out of the output shaft is massive!  Cheap worm gear boxes are a available, new, at SurplusCenter.com, which is where I got mine.  About $120 or so, I think I remember.  Still a little pricey, but the these gear boxes are able to handle multi-horsepower motors and the output torque is massive if the gear reduction is high enough.  Output speed is slow, sure, but it's a trade-off.
 
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