This page is dedicated to Team Wagon, a group composed of Kara Bledsoe.
My final project is building a wagon in Solidworks, that can be printed out as a fully functional, but smaller scale (1/10th), wagon. The original RadioFlyer wagon's dimensions are found here. The final wagon will look similar to the photo at the top of the page. Certain adjustments will be made so that no copyrights or trademarks of the RadioFlyer company are violated and so that the design can be simplified (not every nut and bolt will be replicated in the model). This project involves becoming closely acquainted with the many features of the Solidworks software and utilizes knowledge of scale, movement, and construction. Over the course of the project, my progress will be chronicled on this page, including pictures of the assemblies and video of the various movements the wagon should theoretically make. The last addition to the page will be a video of the realized wagon, hopefully moving in a manner customary for a wagon of its design.
As of Dec. 4, 2012:
- The axles are proving a more difficult Solidworks task than anticiapated. Each individual piece of each of the two axles (back and front) must be created separately and then assembled along with the wagon body and wheels.
- I need to figure out which Solidworks tools will allow me to create the aesthetic aspects of the Radioflyer wagon, specifically the lip a the top of the wagon body and the particular shape and mechanism of the wheels.
As of Dec. 8, 2012:
- A rough design of the axles is shown below. The method for creating this in Solidworks will be a trial and error format. The main components include the following: 1. A rod connecting the pair of wheels 2. A bracket (with a moveable joint in the front set) connecting the wheels to the body. This axle design is a greatly simplified version of the axles in the RadioFlyer classic wagon; however, the motion of the wagon should be greatly similar, if not exactly the same.
- The assembly is proving challenging for several reasons: 1. The orientation of the pieces must be manipulated before each part can be put together. 2. Certain measurements had to be reconfigured to be physically reasonable. 3. The success of the movement of the pieces together is yet to be determined, although, in theory, the axle design is legitimate.