Universal Joint

I hadn’t really thought the motion platform through yet, but I knew that it was going to have to pitch and yaw, but NOT PIVOT.  The best way to do this is probably with a universal joint with a flange welded to both ends.  Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time for that, so here’s another solution:  Two ball-bearing hinges cut in the middle and welded together.  Turns out they still had a little too much ability to twist, so I bolted on some angle iron to prevent that.

This isn’t ideal, since you’re not pitching and yawing on the same plane, you get a little translation in the other axis.  But it’s good enough.

Instant U joint!


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