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Ballast Wheel 0

This is a guide on how to make a wheel out of ballasts.

Pros:

  • This type of wheel is virtually indestructable.
  • This wheel can be made of any size.

Cons:

  • Takes time to build.
  • Takes up a significant amount of space.
  • The movement is not very smooth.

Construction Edit

  1. Enable Advanced Building Mode.
  2. Place a rotating block of your choice (can be done with the end of a shaft as well). Usually "steering" is prefered as it cannot be detached from your machine.
  3. Place a ballast on top of it.
  4. Set the ballast mass to x0.20 (optional).
  5. Rotate the ballast around its atachment node by 90 degrees.
  6. Translate the ballast away from the shaft by an amount of your choosing.
  7. Connect the top of the shaft to the back of the ballast with a brace (Note: the order is important as it will change the brace's atachment point).
  8. Choose an angle that nicely divides 360 degrees (it should be big enough that the ballasts do not collide and small enough that the movement is smooth).
  9. Duplicate the ballast and the brace and rotate them around the brace's atachment point by the given angle.
  10. Connect the ballasts with a brace.
  11. Delete the first ballast and brace (optional, this step is for optimization).
  12. Duplicate the ballast and the two braces and rotate them around the radial brace's atachment point by the given angle.
  13. Repeat step 12 so as to completely fill the circle. If you have done everything right the first connecting brace should connect with the last "spike".