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The Chainhook


Entry ID #: 5675
Created: Thu, Nov 29, 2018 4:39 PM

Why did we make this? We designed the Chainhook to attach HS Chain to the robot directly, something that was previously not possible. Originally, someone could not do this, having to resort to only using the part to transport rotational energy across long distances. While that is very useful, we believed that chain could be used for a little more. To attach a chain to a robot directly, the only existing method of doing so was extremely messy and difficult to build. So we designed the Chainhook, elegantly and efficiently allowing chain to directly connect to a robot.   What is it and how can it be used? The Chainhook is like a modified bearing block, with the middle portion replaced with the part that gives it its name. The middle portion has components that can connect to HS Chain on both sides. It can be screwed in in three places, the right side, the left side, and the middle. It could be used as an easy way to convert linear movement to rotational movement, and vice versa.   How did we use Autodesk Inventor Professional 2017 to create it? Autodesk Inventor has a plethora of tools useful for this task. I started with a bearing block like structure, then I added some structural elements to support the functional part. Afterwards, I added the parts that would actually connect to HS Chain.   In conclusion I gained a bit of practice in making this part, as it is one of the most complicated things I have ever made using Autodesk. I will likely continue doing 3D modeling, though mostly as a hobby rather than career.

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