LEGO® MOCs Work in Progress
Here are some physical assembly based on the MOC studies.
First conveyor idea
This shows the basic idea used for the movement of miniature bottles.
The bottles slide on a smooth surface and are pushed by small pushers mounted on a track chain mounted transversely.
To adjust the correct chain tension, one of the two sprockets is mounted on a support slide that can be suitably adjusted before being fixed in the best position suitable for correct tensioning.
Here is the conveyor still with no motor
On left side of the image is visible the support slide of the sprocket (yellow and red parts). The right sprocket will be used to pull the chain by a gear train driven by a motor.
And with some mignon bottles
A small part of the route has been prepared for the passage of the bottles.
The bottles lean against a small contrasting wall which creates a path for their guided movement.
And some manual movement
Here are some manual operations to verify the overall idea of the movement of the bottles in the layout.
Motorizing the conveyor and taking some bottles snapshots
Next step in conveyor development is the motorization of the movement.
The main improvements from the previous version of the project are the following:
added a gear train and a motor to drive the conveyor
introduced a white background in the area used to take bottles snapshots
added more space between the bottles
The motor and the white backplane
The motor is integrated inside the main structure of the conveyor for a reduced space impact on the project.
The white background may facilitate the contrast in the picture of the bottle’s neck.
Conveyor movement in all its glory
Bottles in pose and the resulting image
Two mignon bottles in pose for a good snapshot…
… and the resulting picture from a OAK-D-Lite camera