VEXpro offers several different lightweight shaft stock options made from both 6061 aluminum (for tube axles) and 7075 T6 Aluminum (for high-strength hex shafts handling torsional loads). These shaft lengths are correctly toleranced such that they fit perfectly through bearings and hubs, without extra work.
While it's tough to get excited about a few pieces of shaft stock, these shafts are specifically created to reduce user frustration. Do yourself a favor, buy some of the good stuff.
- 7075-T6 Aluminum (3/8" & 1/2" Hex)
- 6061-T6 Aluminum (1/2" Tube)
- Black anodized
- 18" or 3' lengths
ThunderHex Stock & Bearings will revolutionize the ways teams use hex shaft.
ThunderHex Stock works in all applications where 1/2" Hex Shaft will work and also includes rounded corners. These rounded corners allow the shaft to pilot inside a 13.75 mm round (ThunderHex) Bearing instead of a standard 1/2" Hex Bearing. This eliminates some difficult manufacturing tolerances and results in a MUCH smoother end result. Simply put, ThunderHex Bearings are the best way to create smooth-running hex shafts, and ThunderHex Stock helps you accomplish this without a lathe.
Also, since you're essentially putting a round peg in a round hole, no more struggling to align the hex of your shaft with the hex hole of your bearing.
All ThunderHex Stock also includes a subtle but very useful feature: a 0.201" hole through the center. This hole provides a clearance fit for a #10 bolt or can be tapped for 1/4-20 bolts. This means that you no longer need a precision lathe to create custom-length, high-strength standoffs; simply cut the ThunderHex shaft to size and tap it with a 1/4-20 (or 1/4-28) thread.
|217-3310||3/8" OD Hex Stock (18")||7075-T6 Aluminum||STEP||0.220 lbs|
|217-2754||3/8" OD Hex Stock (36")||7075-T6 Aluminum||STEP||0.440 lbs|
|217-3309||1/2" OD Hex Stock (18")||7075-T6 Aluminum||STEP||0.390 lbs|
|217-2753||1/2" OD Hex Stock (36")||7075-T6 Aluminum||STEP||0.790 lbs|
|217-5837||3/8" Hex x 0.165" ID ThunderHex Stock (36")||7075-T6 Aluminum||STEP||0.381 lbs|
|217-4002||1/2" Hex x 0.201" ID ThunderHex Stock (18")||7075-T6 Aluminum||STEP||0.530 lbs|
|217-4017||1/2" Hex x 0.201" ID ThunderHex Stock (36")||7075-T6 Aluminum||STEP||0.710 lbs|
|217-5518||3/8" OD x 0.201" ID Tube Axle Stock (18")||6061-T6 Aluminum||STEP||0.440 lbs|
|217-5519||3/8" OD x 0.201" ID Tube Axle Stock (36")||6061-T6 Aluminum||STEP||0.530 lbs|
|217-3311||1/2" OD x 0.258" ID Tube Axle Stock (18")||6061-T6 Aluminum||STEP||0.130 lbs|
|217-2762||1/2" OD x 0.258" ID Tube Axle Stock (36")||6061-T6 Aluminum||STEP||0.130 lbs|
Combine 1/2" Hex Stock, ThunderHex Bearings, 1/2" Hex Bearings, and 1/2" Round Bearings to create a multi-step shaft using only simple machining techniques! Reduce shaft retainers or spacers in your design by creatively integrating bearing shoulders into your designs.