In the following please find some tips for all those among you intending to build yourselves a motor-driven camera slider. On the pictures you can see a first version of the Slider. The version to buy will be technically improved and thanks to the CNC-milled aluminium housing its workman-ship will be more robust and detailed.
The slide rail is from Igus, it is dealt with the DryLine WS-10-80 here, for this purpose I have used a
100er (WW 10-80-10) trolley.
As a drive, I have decided in favour of a gear motor with a transmission ratio of 1:600. It has a peak torque of 60 Ncm. The advantage of this motor is that it is small, extremely powerful and easy to control. Thanks to simply reversing the polarity, the inversion of the direction is really no problem.
The pillow block bearings used are from Igus as well, I have used the rigid variant. The product name is: "xiros® pillow block bearing rigid", item number: ESTM-BB1-F06-B180-ES rigid stainless steel 6.
The controller is a simple voltage regulator which you can use for adjusting the speed of the motor.
The gear rack is made of C43 steel, gearing quality 9, module 1. It is screwed on the Igus guide rail from the botton using four threaded screws.
I have made the recess for the gear wheel by means of a router and a normal wood-milling cutter. During milling, it is important here to add spirit as an anti-friction and cooling agent.