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We Made a New Disc Golf Midrange Out Of Recycled Plastic ( does it fly?)


Over the last 8 months, weโ€™ve been designing and prototyping a midrange. And today, itโ€™s finally here ๐Ÿ˜

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Date: July 2, 2022

43 thoughts on “We Made a New Disc Golf Midrange Out Of Recycled Plastic ( does it fly?)

  1. off-axis torque ("wobble") causes under-stability in discs (and i'm not suggesting there's a ton of wobble in your throw, just that ANY wobble can cause it). for a printed one that is much stiffer, that off-axis torque cannot dissipate as easily as in a more flexible material. A lot of 3d printed discs tend to perform less stable than their molded counterparts because of the inflexibility

  2. Man, imagine the build a bear concept but with discs. You bring your own plastic from your home, select what mold you want, pay a fee and watch your trash turn into a disc. DREAMS! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

  3. Love it, been a fan for a while, very cool to see this next step! Would you ever consider an option of people sending you plastic that you turn into a disc for them?

  4. When can I get that trash panda sponsorship? It just hit me that you're throwing these at elevation, which is good for me because I'm also up there, but, have you had anyone throw your discs closer to the sea?

  5. Jesse, does the 3d printed disc and the plastic disc have the same proportion of weight in the rim, and are they the same weight? Both could affect stability, although finding the former might require cutting into them…

  6. Awesome can't wait to get my hands on one! Jesse, in your experience how does the recycled plastics you're using handle wear and "beat in"? Having the final disc be slightly more stable, but with the potential to beat in towards that slight turn isn't a bad thing. But does the plastic being used beat in exceptionally fast/slow, does it just get scratched or does it come off in sharp finger-slashing chunks like a DX plastic?

  7. Thanks for mentioning the difference between 3D print being less stable, and injection moulded being more stable. As the plastic cools after moulding I believe it is common for mass to get pulled higher in the disc, resulting in higher PLH and more stability.

    We are currently prototyping a mid (in Australia) and are planning to send a more understable shape than we want for tooling, expecting it to stable up out of the mould.

    Great work!

  8. Playing around with my prototypes, density and weight definitely play a factor between a 3D printed disc versus injection molded. Not sure if you weighed them both, but compare that as well as your slicer settings on infill/walls to get an idea of how much empty space there really is in a 3D print. Each prototype I printed was sub 150g even at 100% infill and turns more than a beat-in Leopard at 147g despite having a profile that would suggest leaning toward stable. Hit me up sometime and we can talk shop about how different manufacturing processes and cross-sectional designs influence flight!

  9. So can you do a parting line height comparison between the printed and injection molded version. I suspect that the shrinkage has changed the parting line height. That would be the easy facto to see. Another possibility would be the density of the plastic like you mentioned. The gyro folks over at MVP talk about this a lot because the same over mold with different plastics changes the flight of a disc dramatically. My question is about the impact of your molding process, is it possible that the rim gets a little more, or or less pressure/density at molding time because of the rate of flow of the plastic and it cooling while molding…I guess I am saying cut one in half and let's see if there are voids in the rim or the flight plate … But throw it first a lot so we know how it flies because we all know that even varying runs of the same mold can fly differently, so the next one might be less stable.

  10. I was using my trash panda mini at a tournament recently and someone on my card was also using theirs! It was fun to talk about it and compare mini numbers! I can't contribute much monetarily, but watching, liking, subbing, and sharing I can do. Talking, and showing off your merch…I can do. Thank you for everything! Looking forward to those discs!

  11. 48 people on this video alone are following your hard work and reciprocating what you're putting down. Make us investors, I'm confident there are plenty of your supporters that could rally for such a game-changing cause. I for one would, seeing your stack of discs on the rack behind you is so surreal, seems like yesterday we were just telling our friends about a disc golfer named TP who wanted to take the lead on recycling. The potential you've forged is electrifying.

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