THE CYCLONE 1200 SERIES

December 02013 to June 2014

The Cyclone 1 was incredibly fast, efficient, and back-drivable due to its minimal parts count and repair simplicity. It suffered from un-spooling when improperly handled with making this an unlikely candidate to be fully productized. 
 

The first Cyclone Rope Piston to be publicly debuted in front of Make MITFirst Robotics and Maker Fare. It is a robust improvement to the the Cyclone Mini. Featuring a balanced symmetry with one gear stage, this actuator was a substantial improvement of performance due to the utilization of Dyneema and Kevlar fibered ropes.

Operating load
Cyclone reduction
stroke
stroke time
Speed
Mtbf - “life” (strokes)
failure modes
weight

160 lbs
7
109 mm
0.6 seconds
182 mm/s
100
Gear teeth busting
0.9 lbs

85 %
4.65 inches
3.82 inches
16.25 inches
35.9 %
4.23
pull only

efficiency
height
width
length
contraction ratio
psi
push/pull