Mechanical Engineering Machine for making cigarette cones
Mechanical engineering and electronic engineering are two fields that are rapidly advancing in today’s world. The intersection of these fields has resulted in the creation of innovative devices such as the one I have developed – a machine that produces cigarette cones of varying sizes. The process of creating this device involved several stages of prototyping, 3D printing, and testing.
The first stage involved the use of mechanical engineering principles to design the physical components of the machine. Using software such as SolidWorks, I was able to create a model of the base, paper feed tray, solenoids, and shaft. These models were then printed using a 3D printer with ABS plastic. The use of 3D printing allowed for quick iteration and modification of the designs until the optimal configuration was achieved.
The electronic engineering component of the device involved the integration of various motors and solenoids to drive the machine’s various functions. The control unit, consisting of an Arduino NANO 328, relay modules, and power supplies, was also designed and assembled to control the device’s operations. The firmware was written in C++ using visual studio, and extensive testing was carried out to ensure the device worked as intended.
Prototyping played a significant role in the creation of this device. Multiple iterations of the device were created, each with minor modifications to improve its performance. The use of 3D printing allowed for rapid prototyping, making it easier to identify design flaws and fix them quickly.
One of the most important components of the device is the shaft that winds the paper between two solenoids. The use of mechanical engineering principles allowed for the creation of a shaft that is robust and durable, capable of withstanding the repeated use necessary for the device’s intended purpose.
The device’s electronic components also required careful consideration during the prototyping phase. The integration of two NEMA17 motors, two MG995 servomotors, and two 24V HAN-157BT solenoids required careful calibration to ensure the machine’s smooth and efficient operation.
In conclusion, the development of this device is an excellent example of how mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, prototyping, and 3D printing can combine to create innovative solutions to complex problems. The use of 3D printing allowed for quick iteration and modification of the designs, resulting in a functional device that performs its intended task with precision and accuracy. The incorporation of electronic components, including the control unit and various motors, further highlights the importance of electronic engineering in the development of modern-day devices. Overall, the creation of this machine is a testament to the creativity and ingenuity that exists in the fields of mechanical and electronic engineering.
You can watch a video of the device in action here: