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Gadget Freak Case #226: Speed Regulator for Rotary Tool

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armorris
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armorris   9/4/2014 3:25:14 PM
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I have not seen a drill motor that is so easy to hold in the hand that has decent speed regulation and torque. I have a Dremel Moto-Tool that is great for big jobs, but it's awkward to use for delicate work. The Chinese mini-drill is dirt cheap and with my speed regulation technique, a piece of useless Chinese junk has been turned into an indespensible tool. I stand by its usefullness.

I own a cordless, three-speed electric floor sweeper that has my speed regulation system in it, so somebody else has found my invention useful. IMO, there is no cheaper way to regulate the speed of a small DC motor. I helped a guy in India tune the software program to run a larger motor for a CNC machine he was building. It was working for him, the last time I talked to him.

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Droid   9/4/2014 9:22:42 AM
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Cool that someone did this, but if I'm not mistaken these types of tools are readily available for purchase.  So NOTHING NEW HERE.  Can't we find more interesting and unique gadgets to feature in this segment.  Maybe I'm just being a curmudgeon.

armorris
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armorris   10/31/2012 11:12:46 AM
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Here is a much more readable version of the patent application on my motor speed regulator. Google Patents is great! No TIFF viewer is needed and you can download a PDF version of it.

http://www.google.com/patents/US20030107341

 

Cadman-LT
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Good solution
Cadman-LT   10/8/2012 1:43:04 PM
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Nice gadget! That's a good solution for cheap rotary tools without speed control.

armorris
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armorris   9/25/2012 12:48:15 PM
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Before this article was published, when I added R10, I sent the editor an updated pdf file and for some reason, the first pdf file was published. I have resent the corrected file twice and it has not been posted. R10 is a 22k resistor connected between Q2's drain and ground. Please email me if you would like the updated pdf file.

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Re: Speed control for rotary tool
William K.   9/24/2012 9:03:18 PM
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Mrdon, the motor controller had one section of a 556 generating a triangle wave from 1/3 Vcc to 2/3 Vcc, the other section used a potentiometer to vary the reference for the second section that is used as a comparator. The signal from the comparator feeds a small transistor that drives a TO-3 power transistor. 

The circuit to generate the PWM signal came from an applications note. So it is really not anything that complex. I may be able to find a copy of the circuit someplace in my archives, but that may take a while.

William K.
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Re: Speed control for rotary tool
William K.   9/24/2012 6:06:45 PM
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OK, it was a variable speed drive. What we used for feedback was the effect of the pump delivery rate, which was controlled by the motor speed. It was not clear that any feedback was used with the tool speed controller, either. Small tools seem to work better if they do slow as the load increases. 

The other thing is that a motor controlled with PWM may not have as much speed drop as the load increases, since PWM control does not increase the source impedance.

armorris
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Re: Handy project!
armorris   9/24/2012 2:47:44 PM
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BTW, Myke Predko's name is spelled "Myke". I have two of his books and I verified it.

armorris
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Re: Speed control for rotary tool
armorris   9/24/2012 8:23:17 AM
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William K. Thanks for your response. Was your device a controller or a regulator? In other words, how did you sense the motor speed? I can build a DC motor controller with a 555 timer, a pot, a MOSFET and a few small components. Such a device would not be a speed regulator as it would have no feedback.

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Re: Handy project!
mrdon   9/23/2012 9:16:43 PM
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When it comes to learning PIC microcontrollers, Mike Predko is an excellent teacher. I have several PIC microcontroller books by Mike and his writing style make developing microcontroller applications a breeze. His books also provide solutions on debugging software errors as well.

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