Wood is our only naturally renewable building material; it takes an extraordinarily small amount of energy to produce and is totally biodegradable. With a better strength-to-weight ratio than steel and aluminum, it can be made into a lot more things than people tend to give it credit for. We wanted to push the line on what was considered wood’s limitation as a building material while fulfilling a lifelong dream of designing and building a car from scratch.
The inspiration behind the Splinter was a WWII airplane called the de Havilland Mosquito. Equipped with two Rolls-Royce V12 engines, it was the fastest piston-driven plane of its era, and was made almost entirely out of wood.
The Splinter began as a graduate school project at North Carolina State University and has continued since.
Check out more photos and details of the build here.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.