The first Cyclone Rope Piston to be publicly debuted in front of Make MIT, First 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.
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.
Cyclone reduction (w/o Gears)
Mtbf - “life” (strokes)
Gear teeth breaking and line wear
THE CYCLONE 2
July to September 02014