These are the final hours for our Kickstarter campaign. We have come a long way, and we would like to thank everyone for supporting the project. It could not have happened without you guys, and we will surely not disappoint. For any of you who don’t want to miss your literal last chance to ride, then check the link below.
During the final hours of the campaign, we have been working on some fabrication techniques. We’ve been working with brass, and have been testing out the new saw and drill press.
The saw will be more appropriate for larger pieces of aluminum and steel incorporated in the machined cars. The drill press, however, will be great for building the structure.
Once each piece was cut, filed, and drilled we attempted to solder the parts together. If didn’t work too well, but that’ll change when we acquire the CNC mill and lathe.
We are entering the home stretch of the Kickstarter campaign. In this last week we’d like to thank everyone who has supported the ride and those of you who’ve spread the word of thrill. Don’t miss your chance to support the biggest little ride to ever be…
The Drill Press
So we finally found a drill press. After searching far and wide, we finally obtained an accurate and high quality drill press.
After assembling the drill, we tried a few test holes. The holes were spot on and the laser apparatus wasn’t too far off center.
Once successful tests were completed, we worked on building “bent 8″ for the test track.
The test track is serving multiple purposes: test for friction, track construction, and bent construction and efficiency.
This current design incorporates far too many bolts, for model purposes. So, it was a successful screw up. We will work on a few designs, but a standardization of wooden parts and a proper drill press will allow for a highly accurate wooden track and structure.
First off, we at The Roller Coaster Project would like to thank any and all who have supported this site and our Kickstarter campaign. We are nearing the end of the campaign, and we can not succeed without you guys. Any amount of a donation is greatly appreciated, and you will be forever a part of The Biggest Little Ride to Ever Be…
So we’ve been doing some track work, lately. What we have found to be the best practice for building what we designed, is to measure the various wooden sections with three different tools then cut them.
This method is being used for ledger, bents, cross members, and piece of track laminate.
A right angled ruler is used to get an idea of the measurement; then it’s verified by a dial caliper with a 1000th rated accuracy; and finally we are checking with an engineers scale. By properly measuring and marking the wooden sections thoroughly, we are limiting the amount of error involved with handcut fabrication. There will also be less corrections required if we spend more time verifying the cut.Some of the cross member will be cut once the main support beams and ledgers are cut, drilled, and bolted together. We also chose to use standard sections for fabrication: making it easier to cut and build. To connect these sections, we have calculated bearing/ shear plates made from one (1) inch wooden beams cut from a 1/4″x 1/16″ basswood dowel. As you can tell, there will be a lot of bolts!
Our Kickstarter campaign is close to wrapping up, and we’d like to thank anyone who has supported us! In the sincerest of ways, thank you. We are pushing in the final week to reach a personal goal of $3,500, and we are certain that it’s doable.
We want you to be as much of a part of The Roller Coaster Project as we are, and by helping us reach our goal you’ll be a step closer to becoming an amusement park ride designer, too! Click the link below, and remember any amount is beneficial and the support is truly appreciated.
The other night we delivered a presentation on running a successful Kickstarter campaign for a local MeetUp group. Of the people in attendance, the editor of many graphic novels particularly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Paul Jenkins, provided inspiring feedback for our project.
As we approach the end of our Kickstarter campaign, we took time to look back at how the CrowdFunding site promoted our project.
It can never be said enough, but thank you to everyone who has supported the Project and help us reach our goal. Kickstarter
There is less than two weeks remaining in our Kickstarter campaign, and we are thrilled by the extreme support for The Roller Coaster Project. Click the link below to strap yourself in for the biggest little ride the world has ever seen…
So we’ve been looking into purchasing a compact drill press to do simple machine in preparation before buying the CNC mill. However, the drill presses we have tried out have been shoddy at best
Our first try was a Central Machinery 8″ press, and it had a tendency to wobble when the drill was extended. This defeats the purpose of the drill press to make vertical holes possible.
The next attempt, after exchanging it for it’s seemingly more superior 10″ brother, was a little more successful.
However, there were far worse problems with this model than it’s smaller sibling. It’s been a pain to find a decent drill press for under $400, but after some research we’ve found our top pick. It is a Northern Tool model 10″ press rated for drilling hard metals. In some later posts, when we acquire the press, we will have pictures and hopefully some brass cars.
Since being snowed in with the rest of Atlanta, Georgia we have been working diligently on completing our Kickstarter endeavor. We have been designing more of the track layout out and proto-brass car in Inventor. We are also very close to reaching our funding goal for the Kickstarter campaign. Don’t miss your chance to ride, so buckle up and click the link below to be a part of The Roller Coaster Project!
We’ve been messing around and modeling in AutoCAD Inventor to perfect the proto-brass car. Once the ice melts in the city and packages can be delivered, we will acquire the saw and drill press needed to accurately fabricate the car.
After 3-D modeling for a bit, we moved on to designing bent structures for the roller coaster’s test track. There will be many new challenges with building bents taller than a few inches. Basically, there needs to be a standard length of wooden structure that will be joined in multiples with bearing plates made of wood. Since in reality trees can be only so tall, ride design must incorporate building common sizes with limited cutting.
The fabrication of these bents will happen soon, and will be available in a later post. We will also be trying a new track fabrication method that will be used for the future, sell-able, roller coaster model. Coast on…
The kickstarter campaign is going well. Don’t miss your chance to ride, and support the making of a hand crafted wooden roller coaster…just smaller.
With the ordering of the milling machine and lathe nearing, we’ve been working on designs influenced with metal.
We ordered a cut-off saw to accurately cut the brass, and soon to be aluminum. The one piece of equipment needed before the mill and lathe is a drill press. The problem faced ended up being where to put it. I’ve decided to turn my room into the biggest little machine shop an apartment has ever seen…
Basically, the drill press would be in one of these two areas. Once the diploma or the guitar are moved, then the machine shop will commence.
With the brass pieces we’ve been working on improving our soldering techniques.
For the smaller roller coaster design that will potentially be sold, we are using typical brass hobby tubing and soldering the connecting parts. With these smaller pieces of brass, it was easy to make spacers and bushings for the miniature bearings. The bearings depicted below will be for smaller road wheels.
Once the car prototype and smaller ride design are completed, more information on a sellable item will become available. This miniature ride will be a 40th of a full scale roller coaster. The design is meant to mimic an Itamin/ Stengel prefabricated wooden roller coaster. All the parts will be measured, cut, and pressed requiring simple bolting assembly.
More will be available soon!
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