2016-11-12 (Sa) Clockwork Theremin

New motors were selected to replace the underpowered 12V motors. The small motor may have been enough to drive the project but the homemade PVC gears were the cause of too much friction. The new motors were four times more expensive, not unreasonable, but significantly larger and more powerful.

Comparison of the two motors

The shaft on the new motor had threading, which looked like 1/4-20 but wasn’t a standard thread count. It was not metric either. When a suitable nut couldn’t be found a less orthodox solution was found. A 1/4” (6mm) ID nylon spacer was placed over the threads and a set-screw collar was used to crimp the spacer onto the threads without causing any damage. A fender washer was placed below the spacer and collar to keep them perpendicular to the shaft. This washer had to be drilled to 15/64” with a standard drill bit.

Hardware store parts next to motor shaft

Spacer crimped onto shaft threads

Mounting the motor will be a challenge. The small motor could be placed with minimal effort due to their size and low-torque. Additionally, they had mounting holes on the face while the new motors do not have that. Holes, threaded or smooth, can be added to the face of the new motors.

Possible arrangement for motor mounting

Parts list:

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.

Completed projects from year 2.

Completed projects from year 3.

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2016-11-11 (Th)