I'm currently in the planning phase of the largest module I've ever considered (if it comes off, it'll probably be the largest thing I've ever built, out of any material!). But before I get too far into it, I want to share what I'm thinking, so that those with more experience than I can warn me of pitfalls, or even tell me that I'm dreaming.
The aim is to have a module that can span a ~1m gap between two tables, and be high enough that people can walk underneath. I've designed a modular truss that I can use for the structure, but the particular portion I wanted to ask your opinion on was the conveyor belt.
In all I've seen of this kind of module, the conveyor belt goes up one side, and the balls roll along the not-quite-horizontal section, and then down the other side. But this requires 1) a jam-free way to pick the balls off the conveyor and 2) some way to dissipate the kinetic energy of the balls as they fall back down to table level. I'm planning to deal with both of those by having the conveyor belt itself go all the way across and down (and then back again). It'll look something like this:
What are your thoughts? Is this something that's actually doable? Or is the reason I haven't seen anything like this before that it's a terrible idea. I realise that it's probably going to be hundreds of dollars for the track alone, but I think it's worth it to not have to worry about crawling under tables.
Edit: I'm going to forge ahead anyway, at least while I can do it on my computer and I don't have to buy any parts. I'll post screenshots below, but keep the .ldr file (for anyone who wants more detail than you get from an image) up to date at this link.
|Posted by Captainowie on 26 September 2015 at 13:41.|
Edited by Captainowie on 2 October 2015 at 10:05.