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Need help regarding shaft material

  1. Aug 4, 2015 #1
    I'm building a trike and wanted to know if an acrylic shaft would suffice? The accumulator shaft would hold two cycle ratchet and a sprocket.
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  3. Aug 4, 2015 #2
    The main reason behind going for acrylic is the weightlessness.
  4. Aug 4, 2015 #3


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    Welcome to the PF.

    What's a "trike"? I assume it's a 3-wheeled something, but how big is it? How is it powered? How long is the drive shaft? How much torque does the shaft need to withstand?

    Using a hollow metal drive shaft would probably work better than a solid acrylic shaft, and would probably weigh about the same...
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