Step 10: The Tongue

Now it is time to make the tongue for the skate! I have included my tongue file and a blank tongue file for you to create your own design on. The only thing that should be left the same are the two holes in the blank tongue so it can be mounted to the skate. Feel free to change anything else!
<p>Would you be willing to make a custom pair for sale? I am very interested in finding custom skates with wide toe boxes, etc. Thank you!</p>
This is a great design project. You did I very nice job! <br> <br>I will try to perform an FEA on the bottom skate to possibly reduce weight hence material reduction. The accuracy of the result depends completely on the loading. No small feat. <br> <br>Analyzing the skate top would be more challenging and probably not necessary.
Thanks! Very cool, let me know how it goes. I would definitely like to cut some material out from around by the bottom of the wheels so they will improve skating at steeper angles.
Here are some preliminary results. FEA finite element analysis, is a very rigorous and is highly susceptible to user error. It takes considerable thought to apply loads and restraints for they have a tremendous effect on the results. <br>That being said, when comparing designs some of this difficulty in applying these inputs can be reduced. <br>That is to say, that even though the loads and restraints may be incorrect the results still give a good comparison of the designs. <br>In this comparison I applied restraints on each of the attachments of the boot. This means that the boot has a great effect on the stresses in the bottom component. This is not necessarily correct. We want the bottom component to stand on its own, with the boot not contributing to the strength of the bottom. <br>In addition I have applied loading that is NOT &ldquo;real world&rdquo;. It too is quite simplistic (I applied a 10 LB load on each axles support parallel to the face (axial loading). A more accurate loading would be to include the axle component with appropriate load at the tires contact area with the road surface. <br>However, since I applied the same loading for both designs, the errors, to some extent, cancel out. <br>What does all of this mean? This analysis gives a very good &ldquo;feel&rdquo; for a comparison between these two (2) designs. It does NOT, however, give us a very good analysis of actual stresses and deflections &ldquo;seen&rdquo; in the two designs. <br>This leaves us with a very good comparison between your original design and my &ldquo;Rev A&rdquo; design. <br>Rev A design has shown to have lower stresses, lower displacements and lower mass (weight=mass times acceleration (32 ft/sec2)). <br>
Neat! I've done some tests on other designs in Inventor with something similar to this and it's really interesting to see the regions of deflection. Seems the lower structure in your design is much lighter and still not under too much stress so that could definitely be used, the upper region of both designs looks fairly similar with lots of stress on the pieces connecting both sides. Very cool! I'll ponder this.
I've egg on my face. Wondered why the stresses were astronomical. When I converted to a stp file for FEA the model was reduced by 25.4. <br> <br>Not being allowed to select units during the conversion I've scaled the CAD accordingly for compensation. <br> <br>I am going to run the &quot;correct&quot; analysis. <br> <br>With this one I've added axles and wheels in order to add a wheel load at the pavement..This will add torsional loading as well giving a more realistic (and accurate) result. <br> <br>This will require the modeling of contact nodes which makes the analysis more complex.
Given my mechanical engineering background I can indeed say that the material immediately in front of the front wheel and immediately behind the rear wheel can be removed. I'll see if I can modify your CAD file accordingly. The FEA analysis will occur a little later.<br><br>I am glad that I may be of some assistance.
I wish I had access to this sort of tech! <br> <br>Consider a track with four wheels, or even five. Did you notice the lack of support under the toe compared with your 4 wheel left boot? <br> <br>The reinforcing webs at the side are good - consider some between the verticals too, for added strength. <br> <br>Do these cover and support your ankle at all, or are they more like shoes with wheels? <br> <br>
It's amazing what desktop 3D printers can do! I did ponder a track for 4 wheels but was limited by printing size, I wanted to keep it one rigid piece. The lack of a wheel wasn't too noticeable to me, but to others it might be. They do give good ankle support, at first I just tried it without a boot and that was indeed a shoe with wheels and was basically impossible to use. The boot worked well though.
Wow, that's impressively usable! Do you think you'll print the second?
Thanks! Yep I plan to. I think I may not print the toe part for the second one, it gave me a bit of trouble.

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