…Since starting this open source project in 2012, Daniel has let it totally get out of hand. He started working on it to test and showcase the capabilities of RepRap 3D printers, but has since put hundreds of hours on development. And of course, many more on racing. He has broken more parts than he can remember, but his enthusiasm for tinkering with 3D printing hasn’t diminished. He also a leading member of a Google+ community dedicated to his open R/C project. It has steadily grown in size and anyone thinking about printing his own racing car is advised to take a look.
While improving on his design, the basic principles remain the same. Daniel wants his design to be basic, accessible and customizable. And as many parts should be printed! The tires, rims, diffs, gears, driveshafts and other parts have all come forth from his MakerBot Replicator printer, and have been made from various materials. The car featured in his latest video was made from parts printed in ABS, Nylon, TPE (NinjaFlex), Polycarbonate, tritan and PCTPE. The only parts not printed are the screws that hold it together, along with the bearings, pins, CVD’s and electronics.
And it has been improving steadily. As he told 3ders.org, ‘this project has evolved to a pretty cool R/C car. I´m trying hard to push the limits of what you can do with parts 3d printed on “RepRap-style” 3dprinters. I get told a lot that “you can´t do this” or “you can´t do that”, so I just like to prove them wrong and I think I just did.’ …
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!