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What is the Cyclone Muscle?

 
 
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It is an affordable, powerful, and lightweight electric linear actuator.

 

What is the Cyclone Muscle's purpose?

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The Cyclone was born out of an appreciation for the rotary electric motor and musculoskeletal structures, as well as our desire to put that motor to work in a muscle-like fashion.

The Cyclone turns a rotary motor into a linear muscle.

 

What is the principle behind all this?

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At the heart of every Cyclone is our patent pending differential conical drive that is the link between the ubiquitous electric rotary motor and linear power transmission.

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 Geometrically, the cyclone is so robust to low-accuracy manufacturing that it can be 3d printed and still achieve energy transmission efficiency above 90%.

 
 
 

How does it compare to other actuation options?

 
 

The Cyclone Muscle bridges the gap between Force, Speed and Control.

 
 
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This is a mechanism that can be mass produced without exotic means of precision manufacturing. A mechanism that operates primarily on tensegrity

 

 

FRC Competition Legal Motor
Nominal Voltage
Rated Tension capacity (@ ~1/3 stall current)
Stall current
Current Draw (@ rated load)
Force constant, kf
Contraction Speed (@ rated load)
No Load Current
Max Power
Limit Switches on Both ends
Encoder compatible

 

AndyMark 9015
12V
175 lbs (778 N)
64 A
21 A
36 Newtons/Amp
210 mm/sec
1.2 A
179 W
Yes
Yes

 
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STROKE

 

145mm

5.71 inches

EXTENDED

 

685mm

26.97 inches

CONTRACTED

 

540mm

21.26 inches

ENERGY AT LOAD

 

                                   94 Joules

 

 

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How do I use a cyclone?