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[MOC] Mechanical tilt display

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Version 1:


Since the release of the Powered Up Technic Hub, I've wanted to experiment with its internal tilt sensor(s).
This is the result; a mechanical seven-segment display that shows the pitch of an 'aircraft' accurate to 10 degrees.

It works by having 4 motors each controlling 2 segments of the display (8 moving segments total) via cams.
Each motor moves to one of 4 positions, putting its respective segments to OFF-OFF, ON-OFF, OFF-ON or ON-ON.

It's not as responsive as I had hoped but was a fun little build :classic:

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Version 2:

(See post below for more information)

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and the programming!! Please!!   like a quick look at your code blocks for verification!!!!  :) 

 

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Here are some pics of the mechanisms. It is really quite simple: blue cams are horizontal segments and red cams are vertical segments. The segments fall back due to gravity
 

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The code is the complicated part (screenshot here). Basically:

  • The first loop returns the tilt angle as an integer between -9 and 9 (and its modulus for simpler coding later on)
  • The second loop rotates the motors (in parallel) every time this value changes. Motor positions are determined by...
  • The next four loops. They constantly determine which segments should be on or off, depending on the integer(s) returned in the first loop
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Version 2:


I'd like to present version 2 of this MOC. Taking inspiration from aeh5040's seven-segment display, this version features:

  • Control by a single shaft/motor
  • Number incrementing and decrementing
  • Faster response time than version 1

Unfortunately, mostly due to the goal of having only one input, this version doesn't feature a 'minus sign' segment.
 

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Edited by ord
Removed image linking to Flickr

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Wow. :wub:
That's some pretty impressive mechanical work, Nice Job.
It seems pretty reliable. 
Do you think it could be stacked (horizontally) ?

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13 hours ago, Touc4nx said:

Wow. :wub:
That's some pretty impressive mechanical work, Nice Job.
It seems pretty reliable. 
Do you think it could be stacked (horizontally) ?

Thank you :classic:.

I don't see why it couldn't be stacked (to make a 0-99 counter, if that's what you mean).
That would actually be pretty cool; it would just require a mechanism that steps every 10th rotation and can handle a reasonable amount of torque.

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I have only today stumble upon this magnificent mechanism. Version 1 is cute and uses some nice thinking. But version 2 is just out of this world. I imagine you have 7 bit (0/1) instructions on technic liftars, which are rotating on the threads. I think this is a step forwards from aeh' but even his is quite clever. I am rebuilding aeh' mechanism with driver in the back (have some problems with friction). I would appreciate if you could share some more pictures of version 2. I still don't get it but it's really incredible! Congrats!!

 

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11 hours ago, teflon said:

I have only today stumble upon this magnificent mechanism. Version 1 is cute and uses some nice thinking. But version 2 is just out of this world. I imagine you have 7 bit (0/1) instructions on technic liftars, which are rotating on the threads. I think this is a step forwards from aeh' but even his is quite clever. I am rebuilding aeh' mechanism with driver in the back (have some problems with friction). I would appreciate if you could share some more pictures of version 2. I still don't get it but it's really incredible! Congrats!!

Thank you for the comments. That's right about the 7 bit instructions:

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I don't have any more pictures but I created a Studio 2.0 file which you can download:

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LEGO Technic - Mechanical Seven-Segment Tilt Display (v2).io

 

3 hours ago, aeh5040 said:

That's great!  An improvement on my version from 10 years ago!

Thanks, love your work!

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Posted (edited)

Thank you so much for the Studio file, it's super helpful, finally I will have a chance to build this stunning creation.

Do you happen to have a Studio file for your amazing Cartesian Parallel Robot by any chance? I'm trying to rebuild it from the photos but I'm struggling a bit so far. I hope it's not too forward. Many thanks.

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Posted (edited)

Thank you very much from my side I'll for sure gonna try to rebuilt this amazing thing.

@aeh5040: Thank you for your model also! It's quite a fun!!

 

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On 3/26/2021 at 9:16 PM, domleg said:

Do you happen to have a Studio file for your amazing Cartesian Parallel Robot by any chance? I'm trying to rebuild it from the photos but I'm struggling a bit so far. I hope it's not too forward. Many thanks.

Sorry but I haven't modelled any of my other MOCs. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the other topic :)

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I always planned to make a multi-digit counter or a clock with mine, but never made much progress.  Really the design itself was a bit too clunky.  As you say, the key is to make a carry mechnism that is both reliable and can handle the torque.  I think this would be very much worth pursuing, and starting with your version ought to give a much greater chance of success!

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