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System by System, Michael Curry Builds a 3D Printed Actual Vehicle (VIDEO) #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3D

I have been watching the G+ feed of Michael Curry (Skimbal) during his self-imposed maker-residency at Hammerspace in Kansas City, and by golly he appears to be making a 3D printed vehicle, system by system.

As in for actual humans, not LEGO minifigs. (Though I wouldn’t put it past him to keep scaling up his minifig project!)

Check out work towards the rear suspension (above) and the differential from the transmission below!

Dec 31, 2013: Update on my 3d printed vehicle project. Finished building the Rear Suspension test rig today. Next up is load testing, then on to designing some CV joints and driveshafts. Printed in PLA on two Makerbot Replicators. The parts are all printed at the default medium settings (2 shells, 10% density, .2mm layer height) except for the blue pins, which are printed at 20% density with 4 shells.

Dec 14, 2013: Bench Test of my 3d Printed rear differential.  Printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 at Medium settings: 2 shells, 0.2mm layer height, and 10% infill density. The buckets have a combined weight of 70 pounds (30 kilos). At the end the chain slips off sprocket and got twisted, with ended testing for the day. 

Read more about rear differential here or rear suspension here.


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