After over one month, I work out the second generation prototype of HeX.
1. trimmed down the size:
the diameter of the first generation is 100 centimeters. this one's is 70 centimeters
2. the modular design goes like this:
zoom-in details for electronic and mechanical connections between dynamic units and the centerpiece
3. the body frame of the second generation is made by a CNC, a laser cutting and a 3D printer for different parts rather than almost all printed by a 3D printer like what we did to the first generation. By doing so the cost of materials has been reduced to 40% of the first generation.
more pictures of the second generation prototype of HeX
We hope this kind of design could get rid of the traditional way of manufacturing in a factory. Individuals can download the CAD files of our designing and produce their own parts and assemble a HeX in a makerspace or on their desktops. Pros can modify the design and customize one as well. This is inspired by these: