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The craziest wheels you've ever seen! by 1fatcat
Started on: 08-14-2011 10:57 AM
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Report this Post08-14-2011 10:57 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 1fatcatSend a Private Message to 1fatcatDirect Link to This Post
They are called Mecanum wheels.

http://youtu.be/IlmKcohyXG0
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About time they reinvented the wheel!
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Report this Post08-14-2011 11:38 AM Click Here to See the Profile for skuzzbomerSend a Private Message to skuzzbomerDirect Link to This Post
They've been around for a while... look in the background of the newest Star Trek and maybe Dances with Smurfs as well. I know I've seen them on screen a couple times.

Kind of awesome. Pointlessly complex.
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that reminds me of the wheel system on the Audi from iRobot. They even went so far in the special features to even tell us what they were comprised of lol.
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What a mechanical nightmare to service. "Hey one of my wheels is stuck"

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Originally posted by skuzzbomer:

They've been around for a while... look in the background of the newest Star Trek and maybe Dances with Smurfs as well. I know I've seen them on screen a couple times.

Kind of awesome. Pointlessly complex.


I seen them last night on an old mythbusters show. They only had a quick glimps of them (on their forklift), as they had nothing to do with the show. But what I saw was so crazy, I had to look for more info on them. Not saying it's gonna be the next automotive tire, I just thought it was a very interesting design.
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Originally posted by 1fatcat:


I seen them last night on an old mythbusters show. They only had a quick glimps of them (on their forklift), as they had nothing to do with the show. But what I saw was so crazy, I had to look for more info on them. Not saying it's gonna be the next automotive tire, I just thought it was a very interesting design.


Search a show called Prototype This, or something like that. Those wheels were a segment before the busters used them. The show was about manufacturing prototypes.
Like the show Junkyard Wars, it started off as a cool show but lost its luster.

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Originally posted by Rickady88GT:


Search a show called Prototype This, or something like that. Those wheels were a segment before the busters used them. The show was about manufacturing prototypes.
Like the show Junkyard Wars, it started off as a cool show but lost its luster.


I didn't like junk yard wars. It seemed too staged to me. There was one episode they had to build a blimp and just so happened to find large quantities of some aircraft foil and model airplane propellers just lying around in a junk yard...yeah, right.
Sorry, this is off topic, but beings it's my post and already in off topic, this should be ok. Right?

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Report this Post08-14-2011 09:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for blackramsClick Here to Email blackramsSend a Private Message to blackramsDirect Link to This Post
Somehow, I just don't see those wheels on anything NASCAR is running. Interesting though way to complex and most likely maintenance heavy for most practical applications.

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Originally posted by 1fatcat:


I didn't like junk yard wars. It seemed too staged to me. There was one episode they had to build a blimp and just so happened to find large quantities of some aircraft foil and model airplane propellers just lying around in a junk yard...yeah, right.
Sorry, this is off topic, but beings it's my post and already in off topic, this should be ok. Right?


I agree 100%, that is how it lost its luster


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Report this Post08-15-2011 07:37 AM Click Here to See the Profile for MJSend a Private Message to MJDirect Link to This Post
The fab/machine shop that I worked at last made a few prototype main frames for Airtrax forklifts. I did most of the machine work on them. One of the owners of Airtrax died about 5 or 6 years ago and we lost the account. I think Airtrax actually shut down there for a while. There were still complete Airtrax bodies, frames and tons of parts we made that they payed for and never picked up there when I left.
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Report this Post08-15-2011 08:46 AM Click Here to See the Profile for FieroRumorClick Here to visit FieroRumor's HomePageClick Here to Email FieroRumorSend a Private Message to FieroRumorDirect Link to This Post
Saw them once in Radio Shack.. some RC Car thingie had 'em. (edit : the Vex) also I think there's a kids robot tow with 'em.

Interesting design...

Print your own!

http://hackaday.com/2010/04...-mecanum%C2%A0wheel/

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