Lego Monorail EV3 – Automated Switch

A monorail without a switch track is not a real monorail 😉

I have been working on an automatic switch for the Lego Mindstorms EV3 monorail. The idea is that there will be a monorail track on our layout with two reverse loops. The loops will each have a switch and the train will need to set the switch in the right position. One reverse loop will be at the delivery station, where the empty containers can be loaded onto the monorail. And the second reverse loop will be at the Candy warehouse, where the empty containers will be dropped. For this year, the (un)loading of the empty containers will be manually. It just saves time to walk between the two locations with the empty containers. Yes, I know this sounds lazy and yes, it is.

In the video below, you see version 1.0 of the automated switch. Currently, the switch is powered by a PF motor. The train was simply programmed to run and switch direction when it noticed a the green tile (on the left, not visible in the video), a red or a yelow tile. Meanwhile, I was operating the switch with a PF remote control.

The next update will be a finished reverse loop, including a second EV3 that controls the switch. The train-EV3 will communicate with the Switch-EV3 to set it in the right position.

 

Impression of our visit to Lego World 2017 in Utrecht

From Tuesday October 18 until Saturday October 21, our layout was present at Lego World 2017 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Photos of our layout can be viewed on Flickr, please click on the photo below to be teletransported to Flickr.

 

And on Youtube you will find two video impressions:

 

If you like our layout, please like our videos.

Enjoy, Sioux.NET on Track

Delta robot (flex picker) for Lego World 2017

A completely new delta robot has been build for Lego World 2017. The robot is based on the ABB FlexPicker Robot. You can read more about building the Lego Version at Eurobricks.

More photos are available at our Flickr page: Flickr.com/user/siouxnetontrack/deltarobot and videos are available at Youtube: youtu.be/user/siouxnetontrack.

Enjoy reading,

Hans

Pneumatic compressor for the 6-axis robot arm with auto start/stop

The grabber of the robot arm is opened and closed by pneumatic pressure. Therefore, I needed an air compressor that can generate a pressure of approx. 20 – 30 Psi. But how do you manage this air pressure? If the motor keeps running, the air pressure becomes too high. If you switch the motor on and off manually, you need to stay alert and watch the manometer if the air pressure doesn’t become too low. The solution: build an automatic start/stop system. In this article you can read how I achieved this.

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Loading the train with the 6-axis DOF robot arm

I wrote a small test program for the robot arm to load the train with two containers. Loading the two wagons was done in one minute, so much faster than the candy crane.

Have a look at the video and please share with me what you think of it.

Ticket Dispenser Unit (complete), version 2017

As you can read in the first article about the Ticket Dispenser Unit (click here for the article), the version for Lego World 2016 a ‘fast build’. Nevertheless, it worked almost flawless. Almost … sometimes the card was not transported to the end. With just some small modifications, it works even better now.
Ticket Dispenser Unit (LDD)

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Finally, the lockers for the Delivery Station

One of the items that needed to be designed and build, were the lockers for the Delivery Station. As described in the article “Engineering the new delivery station for Lego World 2016“, the lockers are (literally) the final part of the the delivery station. The lockers form the part where the visitors can grab their candy. The main challenge for the lockers was to design a door that would be appealing for the visitor. So, not just a typical locker as can be found in a gym or school. But what then … a sliding door? A garage door? A bus door?

Lockers for Delivery Station ...?

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Color selector for Lego World 2016

All years, we use a color selector device (we call it the PUI, the Physical User Interface) as the starting point of our track. Over the past years, the PUI looked like this:

PUI 2012 - 2015

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