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Title: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: thief on April 16, 2014, 12:54 PM
Does anyone out there have one of the Bubble Wand Hubs that Kite Studio (US one) used to make for bubble machines?
I need to make a bubble machine....and am hoping that someone might have a spare hub that i could grab.   Steve F closed his doors, and it really seems now for good....

If i knew how to design i could probably have the entire bubble wheel 3d printed...but then i am a biologist and drawing does not work so well for me ;)
Do you know how to do that high falutin design stuff? can i compensate you for some design time??

the kite studio page on them: http://www.kitebuilder.com/fittings/bubble.htm (http://www.kitebuilder.com/fittings/bubble.htm)
(http://www.kitebuilder.com/images/bubble2.jpg)


Title: Re: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: Dano on April 16, 2014, 07:27 PM
Wouldn't a round disc with a few holes drilled it and 12 bottles of 69cent bubbles give you what you need to complete the project?   ::)


Title: Re: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: tcope on April 16, 2014, 10:17 PM
Or... a bubble machine:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/American-DJ-EZ-Bubble-II-dj-club-stage-high-velocity-portable-bubble-machine/131167225894?_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D21395%26meid%3D6260543198197035381%26pid%3D100010%26prg%3D9409%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D24%26sd%3D251098817381 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/American-DJ-EZ-Bubble-II-dj-club-stage-high-velocity-portable-bubble-machine/131167225894?_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D21395%26meid%3D6260543198197035381%26pid%3D100010%26prg%3D9409%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D24%26sd%3D251098817381)


Title: Re: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: REVflyer on April 17, 2014, 03:40 AM
I have one of the rigs you are discussing, but the suggestion of a drilled ring is vastly superior to my set-up.  Thin light aluminum or even the steel bottom of a coffee can could be used effectively, it doesn't have to machined by a gun-smith.


Title: Re: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: mikeb on April 17, 2014, 05:04 AM
It looks like a plastic tinker toy hub. A hardware store would have a wooden disc like a cabinet door knob, or a spool from thread. just drill a bunch of holes around it.


Title: Re: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: jim-bo on April 17, 2014, 06:54 AM
What created the air flow that is needed to make bubbles?  A fan?
Do you have the motor for turning the wheel?
I guess the question really is do you need to make the whole thing or just the wheel?


Title: Re: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: thief on April 17, 2014, 07:25 AM
okay....so...did a bit of digging....Richard Amirault up here in Massachusetts has long hosted up Felix Cartagena's plans....and i dug that website back out....Richard uses a rubber stopped with holes drilled in and i think i like that idea......solid grip....removable easily.....
going to try it out...

http://n1jdu.org/page0008.html (http://n1jdu.org/page0008.html)

Jim-bo. yep you put a small fan upwind of the hub with the wands....the hub is turned by a ~20rpm motor as well constantly dipping the bubble wands into bubble juice.....


Title: Re: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: mikeb on April 17, 2014, 08:13 AM
Like a bung from your local wine making supply shop, I have tons of them for my carboys and never would have thought of them for making a bubble machine, but would be perfect easy on easy off the shaft as well as the wands without glue or screws.


Title: Re: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: thief on April 17, 2014, 09:12 AM
Mike: that is what i am thinking! yep....
would still love a 3d printed bubble wheel that could have many sized holes to create a lot of bubbles though too....


Title: Re: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: REVflyer on April 22, 2014, 04:00 AM
felix made my bubble machine, that's so funny that you guys found his plans


Title: Re: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: dadecitykiter on April 22, 2014, 06:33 AM
I was given this bubble machine a dozen or so years ago.
Can't remember who made it.
Works great! Lots of different size bubbles.

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Title: Re: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: thief on April 22, 2014, 07:07 AM
now that is an awesome wheel.....love it!


Title: Re: I know this is a long shot..but going to try anyhow
Post by: mikeb on May 05, 2014, 12:10 PM
Waiting to hear the results! I've been going through bubble juice like crazy.