[Noisebridge-discuss] motor project help

Gopi Flaherty gopiballava at gmail.com
Wed Jun 26 22:26:38 UTC 2013

How big, how much displacement (ie: how far should it move out), how much force, how fast, how much mechanical work do you want to do and how much are you willing to spend?

‚ÄčThere's a lot out there. A solenoid is simple but most of the ones I see for sale need you to add a spring yourself and mount them somehow. An RC servo could work. Would a spinning motor with an arm and ¬†something at the end be close enough to a "tap"? If you can get away with something that isn't perfectly straight then there are going to be easier options IMHO.


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On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 3:21 PM, Phil Spitler <phil at bonfirelabs.com>

> Hi, I am looking for a motor to control via Arduino.
> I know such a thing exists but am not sure exactly what it's called.
> Basically it is a motor but instead of rotating a shaft it make the shaft go in and out.
> It doesn't need to apply much pressure just a little tap.
> I thought it might be called an actuator and is similar to a solenoid I suppose.
> Any idea where I would find such a thing, what it would be called and how to control via Arduino.
> Thanks.
> Phil
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