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This is an overview of how to design a wheel using 3DS Max, which I then printed out using an Objet 3D printer. While the buttons may be slightly diff...
Make a small circle which will be the size of your inner hub. Make a second larger circle which will indicate the outer boundary of your spokes.
Duplicate the inner circle on top of itself, such that you have two.
Create an egg-shaped spline (without an outline). Convert it to an editable spline by right-clicking on it's name in the modifer tab. Select the red...
Select the Hierarchy tab. Click on "Affect Pivot Only" Click the rotation tool, and then change the Z-rotate option to 0. Unclick "Affect Pivot Onl...
Under the "Tools" drop-down menu, select "Array" Click "Preview" Change the Z-rotate to roughly 40. If the copies appear to be touching, increase th...
Select the outer circle and then go to the Modifiers tab. Right-click on the circle's name and make it an "Editable Spline" Click the "Attach" butto...
From the Modifiers list, now select "Extrude" Set the amount of extrusion to be about a value of 1.
Create a smaller circle than any you have created thus far and center it on the wheel. Select this circle, right-click on it, and make it an editable...
Center the extruded hub in the middle of the extruded spokes.
Create a Tube standard primitive shape that slightly overlaps the outer edge of the spokes. This will be the rim the tire sits upon. Give this a heig...
Finally, make another tube with a height of 2.5. This should slightly overlap the rim (This is ideal for an Objet printer. For other printers, overlap...
The one last thing you will want to do is to select the tube you made for the rim, go the Modifiers tab, and select the "Editable Mesh" modifier. Cli...
I am not going to go over how I made pivots, but I have included them in the .max file for your printing enjoyment. In short, I made them using simil...
I printed out the wheel using an Objet Connex 500 printer. I imported the two files as an assembly. The hub was assigned DM_8250_Grey40, which is a ...
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