Hello,(This is background information, you can skip it if you'd like to save some time, question is after the 3 white spaces)
I was recently given a Scrobot ER-III from a friend, but most of it is rather dirty.
I will be building a control panel (I have circuitry planned out, just have to plot it down on a couple perfboards and debug or add components from there) and cleaning the arm.
What are a few methods of cleaning mechanical structures safely?
The arm has 6 motors: body; upperarm; forearm; wrist-pitch; wrist-roll; gripper. I haven't tested these motors yet, but they're 12vDC as far as I know.
There is an attachment on the back of each motor to figure out its position through the use of LEDS and phototransistors. On the front of each motor, there is a gearbox.
I have not taken any detail on the amount of muck that's on the arm, nor the majority of cleaning that needs to be done.
Here's a link to an image of the SCORBOT:http://www.purplewaveauction.com/i/a/2011/20110412govt/4411.JPG
And here's a link to another, close up of the pulley system:http://static.flickr.com/6029/5968563226_990b5525a7.jpg(question)
I am just looking for some advice on cleaning mechanical parts, gearboxes, and safely testing motors and phototransistors.
Any advice/help would be appreciated!