What is the Cyclone Muscle?
It is an affordable, powerful, and lightweight electric linear actuator.
What is the Cyclone Muscle's purpose?
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?
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.
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.
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
Rated Tension capacity (@ ~1/3 stall current)
Current Draw (@ rated load)
Force constant, kf
Contraction Speed (@ rated load)
No Load Current
Limit Switches on Both ends
175 lbs (778 N)
ENERGY AT LOAD