Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Charles F. Taylor's One-Wheel vehicles.

Charles F. Taylor and his vision of the One-Wheeled Vehicle

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Charles F. Taylor (1916-1997) was an American Engineer and Inventor. He spent two years of undergraduate study at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

During the Second World War, Taylor worked on VG recorders at Hathaway Instrument Company in Denver. Previously, he had worked at International Harvester at the start of the 1940's. In the 1950's and 60's he worked at Coors Porcelain in Golden Colorado. For Coors, he developed a ceramic ball press. As this was a device that their competitors, Champion Spark Plug had tried and failed for years to develop, it was an invaluable machine for Coors Porcelain. The extremely hard ceramic balls created by the press are still used today, especially in industrial grinding, particularly white pigment for paint, which metal balls would mark or stain. In the late 1960's, Taylor left Coors to work at Morse Chain (which became a division of Borg Warner) in Denver, where he stayed until the mid 1970's. Here, he worked on drive trains and transmissions, and even developed two patents for automatic transmissions in 1971 and 1973.
(above)The first step in studying the one-wheeled vehicle, was to model it. Using Soldiworks, it was modeled to gain a better understanding of how the one-wheeled vehicle works.

Taylor's passionate hobby from 1939 on, was the development of several working prototypes of a one-wheeled vehicle. The vehicle was patented by him in 1964"

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