This article describes the components I build by myself or I bought for the power train. The power train are all components the robot needs to mount the big buggy tires and to get the tires spin. The DC gear motors are very strong and that’s the reason why the power train has to be very stable. Additional to all the torque of the DC motors the payload of the robot should be high enough to mount an additional box on top of the chassis of the robot for further technical equipment.
The picture below shows the main pieces of the power train I bought to get started with the design.
- Figure 1: Is an 8mm in diameter and 120mm long silver steel axel. I bought a 8mm x 500mm silver steel and cut the axle into four pieces.
- Figure 2 & 3: Are the mounts for the big buggy tiers. This is a typical mount from Reely I bought to mount tires on axles. Reely 511492C aluminium CNC hex rim hub.
- Figure 4: Is an 8mm inner diameter zinc alloy pillow block as a flange bearing. I used this type of bearings in my robot to mount the axels.
- Figure 5: Is an 8mm inner diameter pillow block with a mounted ball bearing. Because of my short 120mm axles I was not able to use this pillow block in my robot.
The very first design of the power train looks like shown in the picture below. Because of the short axle I could only use one ball bearing in my robot. But I think this is enough.
The next picture shows the power train together with the dc gear motor and an additional shaft coupling coupler to mount the axel too the dc motor drive shaft. This coupler has also an 8mm inner diameter.
The name of the DC gear motor is GW31ZY. You will find this motor with different speeds. I used a 12V version with 35 rmp and a very high torque of round about 15 kg/cm.
To machine the plastic of the grey box was very easy with a normal drill. I invested a few Minutes to find the best position to the mount the dc motor and to drill the holes for the power train. To mount the DC motor I used four L shape Mounting Brackets. Then I mounted the dc gear motor into the box together with the power train. Afterwards I marked the position of the ball bearing to drill the holes for the ball bearing into the box.
The next pictures shows how I mounted everything into the plastic box.
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This is a list of the components I used in my robot to build the power train. I used the Amazon online shop to buy all my components because it is very easy and I could rely on the good customer service.
Raspberry Pi robot-car component list:
If I could awaken you interest how to build such a robot with a Raspberry Pi computer as central controlling unit you will find a list of components on my blog to help you. The component list is an overview of electronic components or ready to assemble kits which I used by myself and which I could recommend with good conscience. I used most of the components in my own projects and checked the functionality and compatibility with a Raspberry Pi.
This is the link to the component list: component list
The next pictures shows the Big Rob by -12 °C driving around in the snow.
The hardest part of this project was to find everything to build the power train. I invested many hours to search for the components and to think about the setup. With the Reely hex rim hub it was very easy to mount the big tires on an 8mm axel. The very strong 12 V DC gear motors are perfect as engines for my robot. Actual I am powering the robot with two 7.2 V power packs I switched together parallel to get 14.4 V for the DC motors.
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