Back to chronicling!

So I have been working feverishly on finishing my prototype. I plan on putting a Youtube video together and thanking all of those who I looked to for help. I may even list them here at a future date.

The trike is close to being in the finishing stages. I’m going to state what happened recently, and some tidbits for mechanical help.

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I’m using square tubes in order to make a frame (1 inch). I have a very bad drill (that’s borrowed heheh) that I won’t name to stay out of trouble for now… After eight holes, the drill needs to be recharged. This is delaying me from being finished in my opinion. Measuring also consumes a lot of time, and getting the right measurements the first time is crucial when making a cut or a hole.

Tidbit 1- Using a c- clamp to hold down the square tube can allow you to use a handsaw/hacksaw to cut the metal quickly or drill holes.

Tidbit 2- Making a small hole before making a big hole with a drill is better.

Tidbit 3- Apply pressure slowly to the drill, and don’t rush!

Tidbit 4- work on changing the chemical composition of steel when drilling! (I like to pour cold water after making a dent or incision on the steel. It helps to penetrate faster. I just learned a new trick! I put the steel round tube over the stove and let it get a “black oxide” look and run cold water on it. This allowed for me to drill through with ease!)

I was trying to use 1 inch steel 90 degree elbows to have the wheels turn, but I noticed that the elbow is not “one” with the frame. I had to make an adjustment with the steering (and was inspired by the XYZ spaceframe trike). Now I’m trying to use 1/2 inch round tubes to hold 1 inch square tubes that are supposed to shift the wheels. The wheel is supposed to be held by the aluminum square tube. The wheel is held by a 3/8 steel rod. I had to make the steering portion fit my frame since I didn’t copy their frame (XYZ). I’m using a foldable table that I poked a hole in and even a drill block to make “straight” holes. I clamp metal down to the foldable table to make cuts or holes.

More to come!

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