WIP / Update: Demag CC 5800

Written by TJ on June 13th, 2014

Progress on the CC5800 has been slow. I had intentions to work hard through Feb. and Mar. and have a first draft completed by about the end of March.

Well, life got in the way, and I hardly did any building from Feb. through April. I started hitting it hard in May, and I’ve been building on a regular basis since.

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Last night was the first full assembly test of all the components I’ve built to date. Everything fit together well. The crane is surprisingly HEAVY.

It seemed sturdy, but I have yet to put any real load on it.

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I’m going to show it at Brick Fiesta in early July finished or not. The reality is that it won’t be completely finished… and that’s okay. I at least have enough of it together to make a good show.

Over the next few weeks I will build more boom sections and also fully rig the boom and block with line. I have the electronics (controls and batteries) sourced, and I will also try to install it to give the crane some functionality.

But again, the reality is that I’ve run out of time, and I do not have the time to properly test and revise and rebuild things should they not work the first time around. I already know I’m going to have some issues. I tried powering the slewing motors last night, and they did not have enough power to continuously rotate the superstructure.

Despite all this, I am very pleased to have made it to this stage :-) The work will continue….

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