It all started with an offer to repair the OPTIMIST® sailboat dollies piled in the Junior area of our Sailing Club. When we took an inventory of the needed parts, we were surprised at the total repair costs.
The cost and limited availability of dolly replacement wheels was one of the biggest issues. The motto in our family has always been "There's got to be a better way", so we began to evaluate the problem. We got out the graph paper and began to sketch out some solutions. The sketches made their way into CAD software (we use SOLIDWORKS® software) and eventually to G-code and a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) turning center.
As part of the Junior Sailing Team, we wanted to come up with a long-term solution for dolly replacement wheels that would be cost-effective, elegant in design and easy-to-use.
We think we've succeeded and we hope you'll agree. Along the way we've learned some very cool things about CNC fabrication, 3D CAD design, web site design and ECommerce.
Tech 4 Designs
Robert and Thomas: Co founders of Tech 4 Designs
Laser sail numbers 88801 and 130375
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