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.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.