Rail drilling machine
Finished rail drilling machine

Finished rail drilling machine

Me and my friends mechatronics company EDM OÜ cooperated. The result - automated drilling machine for a factory. Machine uses stepper motors to move aluminium rails and drills holes in them. Then it uses a saw to cut it necessary length. The machine is controlled from touchscreen connected to raspberry pi. Software gets in files with drill and cutting information and sends commands to low end. In the low end there is an Arduino Mega that controls bunch of stepper drivers. As necessary for such devices - everything is optically isolated.

EDM made all the mechanics and integration. I designed and made the control electronics and wrote the software. The most interesting part was writing stepper pulse generator with acceleration and deceleration. Also we found out that rotary encoders need interrupts to give proper feedback, because of small vibrations.

 

The mechanical beauty in the machine

The mechanical beauty in the machine

Mechanics moving the drills

Mechanics moving the drills

EDM made 4 axis CNC machine used to make components for drilling machine

EDM made 4 axis CNC machine used to make components for drilling machine

The case of the machine lying in EDM workshop

The case of the machine lying in EDM workshop

Insides of the electronics cabinet in the beginning - Arduino, Raspberry, stepper drivers and other necessary components

Insides of the electronics cabinet in the beginning - Arduino, Raspberry, stepper drivers and other necessary components

Night of software development, my cat quite liked the warm touchscreen monitor

Night of software development, my cat quite liked the warm touchscreen monitor

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