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This is my first attempt to make a hamster wheel for my CoCo.
I think nobody has done this lol
well i will give it a go!
hehe

Column material: AL6065-T6
Base: S45C carbon steel (for weight)
didn't have enough time, couldn't finish all the parts in one go.
too bad,,,

my plan: hamster wheel with spindle + dual preload bearing
make it as accurate as possible!

 

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As they say, if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing.
 

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I love it. Nice work.
 

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You are a sick, and twisted human being. Wish I'd thought of it. Can't wait for the thrilling conclusion, with hyper hamster footage. Cheers, Mike
 

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I put a rev counter on my hamster's wheel one night and it worked out to 4 miles in one night- amazing
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Very nice design! Just be cautious about the possibility of hamster whiz causing electrolytic corrosion between the steel and aluminum. I don't think the hamster would gnaw on the acrylic. But I've had gerbils totally destroy a plastic hamster wheel 'way back when.
 

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is an ampster no es a gerbil
 

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and a tiny generator for a light so he can exercise at night
Or, just a generator with a dummy load resistor. After all, you don't want the motion to
go totally into runaway, like a treadmill-trap that requires a spotter for
safe operation. A hamster could want to go slow sometimes, but rarely wants to
loop-the-loop. A simple magnet applied to the disk (assuming it's not ferromagnetic)
would apply some braking.
 

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Or, just a generator with a dummy load resistor. After all, you don't want the motion to
go totally into runaway, like a treadmill-trap that requires a spotter for
safe operation. A hamster could want to go slow sometimes, but rarely wants to
loop-the-loop. A simple magnet applied to the disk (assuming it's not ferromagnetic)
would apply some braking.
i was afraid that might happen, may need some drag inducing device
 

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Very nice design! Just be cautious about the possibility of hamster whiz causing electrolytic corrosion between the steel and aluminum. I don't think the hamster would gnaw on the acrylic. But I've had gerbils totally destroy a plastic hamster wheel 'way back when.
maybe need to electro plate the base metal, aluminum i might annodize
 

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actually i am not sure what species he is, but its a white hamster, it's in my youtube
 

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Is there a picture there? I'm not seeing it
Some browser setting I need to check?
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Yeah it blew me away-
8" wheel
inner surface 24" id
11K revolutions x 2' = 22K feet
22K divided by 5280 = 4.16 mi., pretty impressive for a critter only 4" long
She also tore a huge hole in my wall trying to escape but that's another story LOL
 

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i was afraid that might happen, may need some drag inducing device
If you have a load on a generator of any sort, it will rapidly so once the hamster tires out.

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