We were interested in building a spherical coordinate system actuator that would be able to interact with an object without having to move it.
What it does
It moves an arm in a curvilinear path defined by a guide post.
How we built it
We used an Elegoo Uno for the microprocessor and manually cut the guide piece from wood.
Challenges we ran into
Setting up a limit switch so that the arm has a constrained range of movement. Working with the hardware. Introducing an arm to potentially hold a camera or other instrument.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Realizing a working version.
What we learned
We learned what we are able to accomplish in one day as a team.
What's next for Curvilinear Actuator
Going 3D! We would like to complete the actuator for the other dimension, which would allow us to do volumetric imaging, for example.