After watching the movie Big Hero 6 I felt inspired to make some of the sweet skates shown in the movie. I was wondering how to make them, What material is easy to work with but is sturdy? Than I thought about 3d printing, I haven’t seen very much 3D printed means of transportation except for the 3D printed car by Local Motors.
So I decided to take on the task of creating the first 3d printed 2-Wheeled skates. In this instructable I’m hoping to show you how to build the skates and show You how I explored the science of 3D printing.
Step 1: Prototype
I first Started off with a prototype. The design featured full shocks on each side and a full shoe grip. There is one wheel on each side, but after some thought on the matter, Uni-Skates (the original idea) didn’t seem within the limits of the human body. With one wheel on each foot that would put a lot of stress on your ankles, but I wanted something that you wouldn’t have to worry about buckles or clasps and with out those you wouldn’t be able to connect the skates to your ankles.
Step 2: First Design
I had to borrow the schools 3d printer to make my first draft of the of the axle holder part. While the design would have worked, it was big, cumbersome and because of the curve of the foot, it was not as universal, so only people with flatter shoes would be able to use them.
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