A vibratory feeder is 3D printed by an engineer in the latest news from 3DPrinting.com.


I am fascinated by the creative ways people are using additive manufacturing in automated industrial processes. One particularly innovative use of this technology is the development of a vibratory feeder. This contraption takes a jumble of components and magically transforms them into an orderly, single-file procession. It even has additional features, like wipers, to further orient the parts.

So how does a vibratory feeder work? At its core, it relies on a precise shaking motion to coax the fasteners into aligning themselves along a spiral track. This track leads to a dispenser where the parts can be easily accessed. To generate the vibrations, an electromagnet is utilized. This electromagnet requires a sine wave, which is generated by an Arduino and delivered as PWM through an H-bridge.

However, the real artistry of a vibratory feeder lies in finding the perfect balance between force, frequency, and spring stiffness. It may seem like a simple machine, but there are actually a lot of engineering calculations involved in making it work effectively.

In a video shared on Hackaday, engineer “Fraens” showcases the numerous test prints and iterations he went through to achieve the flawless final result. Watching the various objects elegantly march along the spiral track is truly captivating and exudes a sense of satisfaction for a job well done.

It’s amazing to see how additive manufacturing skills can be applied to traditional manufacturing processes like this. The vibratory feeder is just one example of how innovation is transforming the industry. If you’re as intrigued as I am, I encourage you to check out the source article on Hackaday for more details.

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