There’s been some discussion recently about what AURA calls a “Chain Lift” (other names include “Chain Bar”, “Virtual Four-Bar”), and how it works/how to build one. So we thought we’d whip up a quick tutorial about some of the things to watch out for when trying to build one.
Note that this is just one of many ways to do it, but we’ve actually been through this process and the guy who wrote the tutorial also built Matlab which uses this type of lift. http://www.aura.org.nz/archives/991
As usual, feel free to ask us any questions below, or if you’re a bit embarrassed to ask it in public you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To try and get the chain as straight as possible I found it easiest to ground some of the links, namely the first and last ones to contact each sprocket, some of the others around the sprocket and the link that comes close to contacting the tensioners. I also found I was rotating the links that formed the kinks in the chain manually to get it straight (pulling the whole chain wasn’t quite working right)
“Chain Lift” is completely misleading, that implies a lift powered by chain which this is not. It’s an arm that uses chain as a linkage. Chain linkages can do anything from hold a piece horizontal as an arm goes up (like a four bar) to mechanically creating motion about an arm path without a motor.
After several queries about getting Inventor2012 vs Inventor2010 working,
Looks like all the users of BEB should get together and talk among themselves, or at least reference the first post, which has the drawing.
A few comments may make interpretation of the Original Poster rendering more clear.
you can remove the chain idler posts; they don’t do anything critical (except to keep the chain out of the path of something else not shown)
the top shoulder sprocket IS NOT mounted to the top pivot axle.
the top shoulder sprocket IS mounted in-line with the top pivot axle.
The top shoulder sprocket is bolted to the tower so that it can’t rotate;
Just like the bottom wrist sprocket is bolted to the C channel hand.