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The HydraRaptor blog discusses automating some non-geared blinds with a custom design.

I have a random collection of gearmotors, so I pulled out one that seemed about the right speed and torque and printed a pulley to mesh with the ball chain and fit the shaft.
Short Heatfit inserts that I bought from Stefan at CNC Kitchen are great for printed gears and pulleys.

My solution was to trap the chain between two such pulleys and use the second to drive a threaded shaft with a nut that slides along it and triggers limit switches.

For the electronics I decided to use an ESP8266 module running Tasmota firmware and control it from my Home Assistant server that runs on a Raspberry Pi 4. To drive the motor I had an L6203 full bridge driver chip.

A custom circuit board was designed in KiCad.

See all the details in the post here.


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