|I was challenged by someone .. I believe it was Russ Greene of New England Brownstone, to create some flywheels. The kind of flywheels that were used with steam engines c. 1900 let’s say. I wanted to try this with using WS&F .. White, Strong & Flexible .. one of the materials from Shapeways. This is a sintered Nylon .. meaning they use a laser to melt Nylon powder to create the model. This is quite strong but has a noticeable roughness. To me this looks much like rough cast iron in O scale.|
|To create the spokes I used a plugin called ‘Curviloft‘. You can create two shapes .. such as the thin oval where the spokes meet the inside of the rim and the fatter oval that forms the center and ‘loft’ along the path between them. I then used the ‘Rotate Tool’ to array 9 copies around the center.|
|Rendered in Kerkythea|
|I used the open source Kerkythea rending engine to make a ‘pretty picture’. Happy with the results I uploaded the mesh to Shapeways for printing.|
They came out really well. MUCH stronger than if I had done them in FUD .. and cheaper. The current cost of WS&F on the Materials page at Shapeways is as follows:
To break that down ..