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AsErBo

Hi,

My name is Asle, I am a 33 year old mechanical engineer, and unfortunately, equipped with seriously limited programming skills.

I have been asked by a friend and to upgrade the electronics on her indoor running target range (See pictures of different systems here) https://www.google.no/search?q=running+target+wiki&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=kOguUoTKHsfFswbDpICoBQ&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1200&bih=1499#q=running+target&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=zXy8nFBJLaYNDM%3A%3B5ccjyybzbH-NgM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.dsr.wa.gov.au%252Fassets%252Fimages%252FDiagrams%252FRunning-target-range.gif%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.dsr.wa.gov.au%252Fshootingdimensions%3B738%3B651

And wiki article here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_metre_running_target

What she asked was that:
1: the target must have two different speeds (giving 2,5 and 5 seconds of target time)
2: there must be a random delay (2-5 seconds) between the time you press the "go-button" and the target starts moving
3: there must be a button for stopping the target in the middle of the track (for adjusting the scope)
4: she would like to have a camera (webcam??) at each end that shows the target for five seconds after each shot

The system today is set up with obsolete electronics, brushed dc gearmotor and several microswitches...

I would like to use a stepper, no gearing, and one microswitch for zero position on the track, and one control box (on a 10metre cable) with start, stop and speed selector button.

As for point 4; either switch the cameras on and off after 5 sec, or keep camera on the entire time but only illuminate the target for 5 sec or maybe a mechanical flap/shutter in front of the camera, possibly driven by a rc servo??


Anyway, as I started of with; I am really out of my league here when it comes to the programming, but fully capable of fixing the mechanical stuff.
Is there anyone here that could be interested in exhanging a little work? I am more than happy to do mechanical designing and prototyping in return, maybe some of you need printed parts?  :)

Best regards
Asle

Oslo, Norway
If it`s worth doing, it`s worth doing right!

mmcp42

Doesn't sound too difficult
If you want to PM me more details we should be able to work something out!
there are only 10 types of people
them that understands binary
and them that doesn't

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