I coiled both flipper solenoids last night. Making this machine has been really eye-opening. First and foremost, I have to decide to either let the machine coil the wire the way it wants to and take my damn, dirty hands off it or I should make it more interactive with a way to pause and restart. My problem is I want a beautiful coil with wires stacked perfectly and it’s just not happening. Still, I’m way further than I ever was with my old machine. Here are some pictures from last night. As you can see, the main problem is at the ends of the spool.
Nit-picking issues aside, I’m really happy with the way these came out. And shy of doing it painstakingly by hand it’s the best I think I can manage.
My next step is to finalize how the flippers rotate, how to control where they should stop and start, and then get the new solenoid mount worked out and installed. I sense a new project in the near future: learning to make springs on the lathe!