It’s often said that there is ‘no need to reinvent the wheel’, but following a recent invention that’s come to market, this appears to not be the case after all.
The product in question is Loopwheels, a shock-absorbing wheel with a unique, integral suspension system. Created with the help of an Araldite® composite bonder it has been nominated for the prestigious ‘Designs of the Year 2015’ sponsored by the Design Museum.
Following the success of Loopwheels in the cycling market, the company has now expanded the range by adapting the product to be suitable for the production of wheelchairs and which was launched at the Naidex Show, Birmingham NEC last month.
Extremely strong, durable and more comfortable than standard wheels, Loopwheels are designed to move easier over uneven surfaces, with the carbon springs giving the extra power needed to get up or down kerbs.
By selecting Araldite®, the manufacturers benefitted from ease and speed of application during production, with a resilient bond, outstanding toughness and low shrinkage. The Araldite® epoxy adhesives chosen by Loopwheels not only offer general-purpose, superior structural stability and flexibility but also thermal stability and fatigue resistance.
Choosing an Araldite® was an important decision for Sam Pearce, Loopwheels’ Director and designer said, he said, "Huntsman Advanced Materials Division supplies us with the high quality epoxy Araldite® adhesives that we use to bond each Loopwheel together. We were quickly able to identify the correct adhesive which provides an incredibly strong bond and has enabled us to reduce the number of mechanical fixings and, therefore, the weight of our wheels."
Huntsman featured Loopwheels on its stand at JEC Paris, a major international, industry show. The product attracted considerable attention for the hundreds of visitors to the stand and looks set for global impact over the next few years.