The ability to profile kinematic designs



The Cyclone Cable Piston, in all of its simplistic plastic geometry, is a truly a new and unique paradigm for power handling applications. With the best of our abilities, we avoid over inflating the potential (truth?) of the Cable Piston. That being said, one of our favorite fascinations with the Cable Piston is that it is "non-dimensionable". Working strictly with lubricant freetensile and compressive rolling elements, the Cable Piston can be as small as an ant, or as large as a whale. It can run deep under water, or deep in outer space. The Cable Piston is mechanically efficient in all scenarios as long as manufacturing and assembly methods and costs are reasonable of course.


One feature that is currently being vastly understated is the ability to profile the rotor geometry. Very much like a simple profiled cam to convert rotary motion to linear in a customized fashion, the Cyclone Cable Piston's rotor can be cam'd to change the reduction ratio throughout the entire stroke. This ability to pre-program into the actuator varying ratios opens up kinematic designs to were no one has gone before. Nature does not have this feature in its Kinematic designs.

The way that Nature deals with optimizing the stroke of muscles in its designs is by selectively placing the regions with the most muscle tissue overlap to be most active in contracted poses. The proportion of the muscles are sized for peak activity, not so much average usage. But in the case of the Cyclone Cable Piston, profiling the rotor allows for ideal peak and average activity throughout its stroke. This means much less power is required to make movement. Smaller motors, smaller batteries, lighter structures, longer lasting machines, faster and more athletic designs of all shapes and sizes. "Some seemingly insane things will be possible".

Yes, today is April Fools, but No, this is not a joke. As we continue to rapidly iterate on the Cable Piston, more discoveries will be reviled about the possibilities of this new actuation family.