I bought a whole new hamster ball just so I could get a stand that is made from metal instead of plastic. Hopefully it's more durable. I planned to bolt it down to a piece of wood to give it weight, so hopefully it is stable while the ball is spinning.
I told my dad of my plans, and of course he wanted to help and go full out to make it as amazing as possible (maybe a little overboard). My plans were simple: cut the wood, add a coat of black paint, and maybe 3D print some brackets to bolt it down. He convinced me to sand the wood, and prime the wood with a coat of white paint before painting it black. He also cut the perfect brackets from metal. We didn't have the right length of screws so instead of buying more he cut the longer screws that he had with fancy machinery. Thanks dad!
If you are looking for a summary for my Masters thesis, it is here.