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I do live in Belgium.

Scrapping another Explorer might be a pragmatic solution.

However, as most of these old timers have worn out wheels, I would prefer a set of printed new ones.

I do not know whether it is economically realistic.

One wheel has 10 cm diameter, and weighs aprox. 52 gram.

-What is the direct cost of printing one wheel?

-How much time do you spent on processing the print file?

I guess if this works out, you'll easily sell tens of sets online, as there are many vintage fans out there.


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I guess if this works out, you'll easily sell tens of sets online, as there are many vintage fans out there.

Haha, I'm not looking for another job, just trying to help you out, if I can. After all, this seems to be a community:-D

Let me guess:

direct costs for one wheel:

- 5 Eurocents/gram PLA = Euro 2,60 for the plastic pro wheel.

- Average printing time / gram = 1,7minutes > 52 x 1,7=88 minutes

- power consumption 120 Watt x 5280 sec = 633.600 Joules / 3.600.000 = 0,176 kWh x Euro 0,23 = Euro 0,041 pro wheel:-)

- Processing time 6 x 88min = 8,8 hours labor for the yellow one. Takes a little bit poking around changing, testing and leveling, so say 9 - 10 hours. That's approx. 16 Euro's whit out making any profit from it. That is to say: my parameters for such a project would be:

wall thickness 1.6mm

bottom and top 1,6mm

fill density 100%

With these I sliced some project with Cura and used the outcome for the 52 grams you came with.

I guess package posting anywhere in Belgium is about 12 euros. Economically? I don't know, environmentally? I should say Yes, but the whole idea of promoting the Ultimakers is to send the file for nothing and get the print locally...so that would even be better. One of the guys at my personal masterclass lives in Belgium, maybe it is your neighbor?-)

Second option is to print one negative mould for half a wheel. You spray wax, oil or any other loosing fluid inside the mold and put black 2K poly or even better, 2K epoxy resin with some sort of reinforcing material inside the mold. You'll need 12 pieces, glue them together with the same resin, and voila! Every time it brakes again, you can reuse the mold, and being carefully you can repeat this dozens of times. And just paying anything from 1 euro pro wheel.


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Dag Bert_N,

Harold Reedijk heeft de wielen geprint.

Je moet wel zelf de blinde kop van de as slijpen, een gat boren in de kop van de as, en een binnendraad trekken.

Hierin kan je dan een zeskantboutje M3 draaien en met een miniscuul rondelletje (sluitring) het wiel vast zetten.

Ik heb wat kopervet op de as gedaan, me dunkt is dit goed voor de komende 30 jaar.

Merk op dat de wielen relatief zwaar zijn, omdat de geometrie te moeilijk was om als een dunwandig element te plotten.

Als je er zes nodig hebt zou ik dit alsnog onderzoeken.

Rollin Rollin Rollin.....post zeker een foto v


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Bonjour Jim

Cela a t'il fonctionné ?

Comment avez vous enlevé les anciennes roues du camion ?


hello there !!

posting from france and happy to find your topic

i am interested to get some wheels from an explorer 980

could you do something for me ?

an email adress of the person who made your wheel

thanks a lot




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