First time designing with pneumatics here. I want to build a continuous use device (with ~30 back and forth actuation per minute) but do not currently have access to a large compressor.
Is there a way to manually test my device as I build it, and then use a real compressor later? I calculated that my device (a simple cylinder that lifts a 500g mass) will use 5 cubic feet of air per minute (cfm). I will need a compressor capable of 15 cfm and cannot afford this cost at the moment (need to invest it on other things).
I am guessing the pressures I will be working with are around 90 psi, but maybe up to 120 or 180 depending on the cylinder I use.
Is there a way I can rig something up with say a bicycle pump? Surely someone has been in this situation of wanting to engineer/prototype without a big compressor available. There's math and calculations of course, but I am more of a hands-on engineer.
Thanks for suggestions.