Step-by-step guide to how we make our wheels happen:
- We made a few prototype wheel moulds to ensure that we had the design and strength needed in order to have a functional product that would meet the high demands of drift triking.
- We used CAD (Computer Assisted Design) to draw up what we already knew worked. We mucked around with a few different looks, but settled on the timeless and aggressive five spoke design you see today.
- Our design was then sent off to a CNC machine where the mould was made out of 6061-T6 Aluminium.
- Once the mould was made, we then took it off to the Roto-moulding plant to make our first wheel that combined function and form. We’re blown away with the results!
Here is how the Roto-moulding process works:
- A measured amount of the plastic powder (this looks like white sugar) is added to the mould.
- The mould is securely closed.
- The mould is slowly heated with blown hot air and rotated simultaneously about two axes mutually at right angles. The tumbling action is slow and centrifugal forces are not significant. During this process the plastic is distributed evenly around the interior of the mould, gradually adhering to it.
- The mould is cooled.
- The wheel is unloaded from the mould, ready for and trimming and bearings fitted.
- The mould can then be recharged with powder, ready for the next cycle.