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roller hockey puck

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roller hockey puck by fflood Jan 1, 2013
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Let 3D printing enable and empower your young Gretzky! The perfect 'thing" for a young hockey player.

This is a roller hockey puck with replaceable, snap-in "runners". Just print more runners when the original runners get worn down.

My son asked if it would be possible to print a hockey puck and I didn't want to waste the plastic on an average solid puck. I told him that we could design a puck specifically for roller hockey that would allow the puck to glide across the surface on runners. We drew it up in Rhino and printed the puck and runners in PLA on our Prusa V2.

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Print the puck and then print 12 runners. The puck holes may need to be reamed with a drill bit. I left them undersized in the model to allow a snug fit for the runners. Insert six runners into the holes located on each side of the puck. I used a rubber mallet to insure that they were seated in the recesses of the printed puck. I printed the runners in PLA and they allow for a slick surface to glide across concrete. Print replacement runners when the old ones get worn or print more pucks and let your child shoot at the garage door all day long.

I included 6 runners into one file for printing, but have also uploaded the a file with a single runner.

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Try printing this in EcoFlex...I bet that would fix the shattering issues AND if near 100% infill, should be close to an original puck density
http://www.formfutura.com/175mm-flex-ecopla-black.htmlhttp://www.formfutura.com/175m...

I used Slic3r and Pronterface. Soild infill.

Just out of interest. What print ReplicatorG setting did you use?

Thanks :)

Great work on this, and thanks for sharing as this was on my list of things to design this year.

I'm a hockey official and I'd love to see more innovation in this space, e.g. with a larger print bed the possibility of 'iron man' style protective equipment is possible #mendelmondo: helmets, shin/knee guards... let alone the possibility of boots being custom printed to a scanned foot?!.

I'll have a go at printing the puck in ABS and doing some stress testing with our various leagues. Any idea what kind of plastic most hockey pucks are made out of?

I'm also keen to play around with the aerodynamics of the puck to see if we can't potentially make it float or hover slightly by designing hole inlets on the side of the puck that would channel air under the puck to give it an air cushion?

Again thanks for sharing, I'll report back once I find some additional time.

Sounds cool! Yes, large scale pieces would be awesome. Keep me informed on your progress. Let me know if I can be of any help as well.

I play in various mens leagues and play weekend pickup, and during our pickup games we occasionally lose pucks. Do you think this can stand up to mens league play? Ive tried to make my own pucks for my basement shooting around, but they have a bad habit of shattering

I don't know if it would hold up to aggressive adult play. The runners are a bit brittle and could use some thickening between the shaft and head. It could use a little more weight too. I'm going to try one in abs and see how it is.

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