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Old 06-20-2023, 06:18 AM
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I'd like to share my latest Spoked/wire wheel...

It's been a long a time (more than 10 years) in my TO DO List, but i wasn't ever able to make it, sometimes due to the lack of knowledge, sometimes due to the lack of equipament/tools, sometimes due to the lack of a repeatable process.... So, i've been spending all these years, thinking, trying to figure out a method to make the rims in any size, any shape with ease... finally i figured it out!

Wheel is fully made of stailess stell... rims are 316, hubs and spokes are 302 (HARDDDDDDD as hell), had a bad time drilling through the hub...
A lot of tools were used: TIG, Spot Welder, Silver Solder, Lathe, 3d printer, several lathe tooling, drum sanders, and the list goes on...

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Very attractive. Are the rims rolled or cut from tubing? Are the hubs built up and soldered/brazed or turned from a single piece?
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Hello...

Rims are made out of a 0.4mm stainless sheet... a 20mm stripe is cut, butt welded (tig) forming a ring.. that's the start point for the rims...

I developed a tooling set that allows me to bend only the lips of the ring outwards using the lathe.

The hubs can be made either out of a solid piece or in 3 parts silver brazed together.

The first one is machined out of a solid 302 stainless block.. i had bad times machining it, mainly drilling throught it... the later ones were machined out of 1020 mild steel, silver brazed and after all them received a zinc and nichel plate.

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