Autobalance Skateboard Part 5: New Frame

Aside from the occasional demonstration to prove the PID controller worked, the aluminum board hadn’t seen much action until yesterday, when I nearly drove the wheels off the little guy. An hour and 200 yards later, vibrations threatened to shake everything apart. The aluminum frame had bent into this:

oldFrameAlum01

I love this project. Even though the wrecked frame guaranteed a complete structural overhaul, I’m still excited to get back to work.

It’s replacement:

steelFrameBoard01

My friend D.G. and I worked out this sturdy alternative after a few hours. We temporarily mounted the new frame onto some plywood and re-attached the wheels / axle.

newBoard_01

It’s coming together better than I expected. All the measurements line up frighteningly well.

newBoard_02

Now to add the rest and clean up that deck!

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