Making Your Own Torque Device


Have you thought about making your own DIY torque device? Torque measurement products can be super expensive when purchased at a big box store or online. Nevertheless, the good news is that you can make your own fully functioning device to measure torque with simple tools.

There are different types of torque devices available and each one has a specific job to do. Two of these classifications include dynamic and static torque.

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Dynamic torque can be a little bit trickier to calculate. Static torque may be simpler to measure with right tools. Yet, it is possible to measure dynamic torque by following a few simple instructions to build your own device. Here is a list of parts to generate your creative spark:

  • Device-Parts List
  • Resistor 220 i.e., ohms
  • Breakout-board
  • Photo-interrupter
  • Load-cell
  • HX711 Spark-Fun
  • IDE Arduino software
  • DIY custom photo interrupter support
  • DIY load-cell support
  • DIY friction-clamp
  • DIY flywheel
  • Torque meter HTML code basic to intermediate knowledge

Bonus Knowledge and Tips

A do-it-yourself project can be an exhilarating activity. Yet, to prevent some bumps along the way here are some tips. Rotary torque meter, dynamic torque device, or rotational meter are generally all the same thing, and these words are used interchangeably.

This type of device should not be confused with a reaction torquemeter that measures static torque. There are some differences. For instance, a DIY tort device that measures dynamic torque will generally have a motor, coupler, and clutch/brake. A reaction-meter device that measures torque will generally have a motor, strain-gauge, and simple clutch/break.