[Kartbuilding] collaboration request
sburke at burkesys.com
Tue Mar 1 21:24:59 GMT 2011
Thanks for your email. I had someone emailing me a few months ago
enquiring about creating a harness for a dog to pull along a kart. I
didn't think it would be common, but searching google for the Sacco-Kart
returned lots of results. I think the following video shows it best:
Indeed I agree that this type of kart design could take off albeit it is
a niche area.
So, do you hope to:
Design a Sacco-Kart and produce manufacturing drawings?
Produce and sell the Sacco-Kart?
What I suggest is as follows:
1. On paper draw out a design for a Sacco-Kart. Draw out as many of the
details as possible choosing dimensions you think suitable.
2. Instead of using SolidWorks (if you don't have access to it, or a
computer to run it), use the following 2D CAD Package -
www.draftsight.com This 2D CAD Package is free for commercial use.
There are also many tutorials and videos available which will show you
how to use this CAD Package. While it won't allow you to create a 3D
Model, it will allow you to create neat manufacturing drawings.
Draftsight will run on any computer and has minimal requirements. It's
very like AutoCAD software which you may have used before.
3. Build a prototype and test.
I hope the above helps. Let me know how it all goes.
Best of luck,
On 28/02/2011 23:55, AMY HANCE wrote:
> Thank you for your site. I enjoyed downloading and viewing your kart
> renderings. I have some ideas for a specific problem, which is a lack
> of a certain type of kart in the market today. The specific industry
> is minuscule. There was only one manufacturer/inventor of this kart
> in Norway who was shut down, and imports and sales were stopped. I've
> only found pictures of it, called the Sacco-kart, in use, and no
> specs, but I've also found tens of requests for information on how to
> get a hold of one. The growth potential seems to be evident and
> promising. The Sacco-kart was a 4 wheel dryland mushing kart used to
> train lead dogs. My variation is a totally different approach, but
> would accomplish the same thing. In addition, I think that what I'm
> envisioning could be used to harness a whole pack of untrained dogs,
> keep your enthusiastic dogs from pulling you off your feet, exercise
> them safely, and put even deaf dogs to work. Dogs live to run and
> pull, and most dogs are happiest when they have a job to do.
> What I had hoped to do was use existing parts from a cross section of
> various industries, so that manufacturing was minimized. The finished
> product would retail in the 1 to 6 thousand dollar range. I think
> this is prohibitive and ridiculous, and would like to make it as
> affordable as possible, including adapting it to home building
> projects, since the market is so small right now.
> If I could talk to you further, you might agree with me that my
> adaptation would or could catch on like wildfire.
> I downloaded the eDrawings viewer, and got a call from Solidworks. My
> computer is 14 years old, and I was kindly informed of the cost of
> eDrawings software, the need of at least 4 gig of ram, etc., and that
> I should seek out collaboration rather than do this myself.
> So here I am. After two hours of fruitless searching for a user group
> near me, finding only people who are having problems with using the
> software, I thought I'd appeal to you. Your interest in karting, as
> well as showing that you can successfully use the software, led me to
> write to you in hopes that perhaps we could work together, and see
> what we can see. I don't seek monetary gain, but I'm sure that there
> is that out there for this idea. I just want a rig so I can take my
> six bonehead dogs out all at the same time, let them do their thing,
> come home happy and tired, and looking forward to the next time. It
> would thrill me to death to see a bunch of dog teams going back and
> forth from town on all the atv trails that line the roads around here.
> I'm sure you think I'm crazy by now. If you would be kind enough to
> reply, here's my contact info:
> Amy Hance
> Fredericktown, Missouri
> Thanks so much for your kindness and attention,
> Best regards,
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