I am trying to use a stepper motor to control the turning of a knob. The stepper motor has a 5mm smooth, rounded shaft. The knob is around 15mm and has a texturized aluminum surface.
I can't figure out how to drive the knob or how to find the parts to do so. I have two basic ideas:
1) use a flexible coupling device with one 1/4 inch bore and one 5/8 inch bore.
-issues: How to fit the inch bores to the metric shafts? Also, it will be difficult to get the near-perfect alignment that the coupling requires (assuming it allows less than 2 degrees misalignment)
2) use a timing-pulley system
-issues: I have searched all over for 2 pulleys that will fit the shafts but I can't seem to find any, and when I do get close, I can't figure out how to secure them to the shafts. (I can only seem to find bushings that require a key-way)
-I'm having a hard time finding metric-sized bores, and when I do, there are very few pulleys that are offered in both 5mm and 15mm bore sizes.
Any suggestions welcome but please keep in mind that I have limited access to machines for creating key-ways,widening bores, etc