BLAST Pivot Assembly

The BLAST pivot completed assembly this morning. It never gets disassembled, so this is the only chance to see it (well, except that there’s a second pivot to build for Spider, but let’s ignore that). Barth, Laura, Juan, and a machinist (Frank?) did the assembly. Pictures courtesy of Juan.

The process is actually quite tricky since the rotor has some fancy ultra-powerful magnets on it. A mill is used to keep the rotor and stator aligned during insertion. The process started last week with initial fit checking, bearing greasing, and some assembly. This morning was motor gluing day—the most exciting day of all.

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