Clean up category confusion
This Category:DriveTrain should focus on the way electrical (or other) energy is converted to motion.
The Category:Mechanical arrangement lists the various ways that the head and platform is moved around using these DriveTrain components.
It could do with a main page at some point.
If it is required the appropriate sections from these categories and the sections in the General_FAQ#Mechanical_3D_robot could be folded in and just a summary and link to main page left in their place. The category pages could be more light weight and the DriveTrain and Mechanical Arrangement topics could be better separated.
The machines should be removed from the drive train category and only show up in one of the Mechanical Arrangement sub-categories. All interesting motion systems should be brought here.
In practice we need a third category tree to clean up the mess, drive train needs to be split into two or there are too many variation to list.
A Rostock should have as appropriate a Delta machine arrangement a Timing belt or Spectra line energy conversion and then Maker slide, Smooth rod or Igus axis.
A Mendel would use a XZ-head arrangement, Timing belt conversion and Smooth rod axis
A Morgan would have Scara arrangement, Timing belt and DIY ACME conversion and Hinged joint and Smooth rod axis.
KalleP 10:38, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
H-bot deserves a mention in cartesian
Jamesb 08:49, 24 September 2013 (UTC)
I have added in some details on this category page but I am planning on moving the whole section relating to Mechanical arrangements over to the other page and leaving the drive train stuff here so it is more topical and can be followed logically. I expect most of the H-bot units are listed in the Mechanical arrangement category under XY-head sub-category. It might be an idea to add a sub category for them if there were enough, not sure how many are described on the wiki, I have seen some more on other sites.