How To: 3D Print and Construct an F1 RC Automotive


Take part within the Open RC Challenge and learn to 3D print and construct your personal F1 RC automobile.

In the event you’re an energetic member of the 3D printing group, you’ve got in all probability heard of Daniel Norée. If you have not heard of him, you will have heard about one among his many Open-Supply initiatives, just like the OpenRC F1 Automotive, the OpenRC drone, the print-in-place adjustable wrench, or everybody’s favourite: Benchy. We’re going to 3D print and construct the F1 automobile. 

For this specific RC automobile, I needed to have shade scheme, in addition to sturdy elements the place it was mandatory. All of the elements that threat breaking or getting broken whereas racing round, just like the spoilers and the underside panels, are printed in Nylon X – our tremendous robust, carbon fiber infused nylon. The remainder of the aesthetic elements are printed in MatterHackers PRO Sequence PLA (Mild Blue, Silver, and Black (for the higher and decrease BOM on the entrance)).

Daniel Norée is sort sufficient to have some precise technical diagrams displaying how many of the elements go collectively, so it is very easy to separate this pile of printed half right into a logical set of steps. For {hardware} (each fasteners and electronics), there’s a equipment you should purchase that features all of the elements you might want to assemble and management the RC automobile.

All of the elements, printed and electronics, laid out with just a little knolling.

Assembling the wheels is just a little difficult and runs the danger of snapping the edges as they’re squeezed into place. Be mild however forceful in getting them to suit. They’re directional although, so ensure the “shallower” facet of the edges are going through outward – they need to be on the identical facet because the rounder facet of the wheel.

Entrance tire printed elements and after meeting.

The entrance wheels and their axles are simple to assemble, and are fixed collectively based on the diagrams provided.

Each entrance wheels are assembled the identical, simply make two equivalent units.

As soon as each entrance wheels are assembled, the entrance steering meeting goes collectively subsequent.

The entrance axle and steering pins makes use of a whole lot of screws to maintain this pivoting correctly.

The rear axle meeting goes collectively simple, it simply takes some alignment of the motor gear and the spur gear to have it match correctly.

The rear axle meeting is pretty simple and every thing slides collectively.

The chassis is made up of the 2 backside plates and each wheel assemblies, and in addition fastens the entrance servo into place. 

Assembling the chassis is so simple as 4 screws.

Fasten the arm onto the servo utilizing the provided screw, and drill out the final gap on it to suit the aluminum rod. The rod ought to be bent across the servo first after which across the servo saver. The rubber bands had been pointless after reprinting the Higher and Decrease BOM items in PRO Sequence PLA. NylonX is just too versatile for these elements, because it’s designed to perform off of the stiffness of PLA and use that as a spring.

The aluminum rod ought to be bent across the servo arm (after drilling the opening wider) after which slotted into the servo saver.

To connect the rear motor cowl and the middle physique, inset the M3 nuts into their slots, making certain they’re jammed in far sufficient to have the ability to be screwed into. It might take some pressure and a hammer to get the nuts all the best way seated, relying on how effectively calibrated your printer is. As soon as they’re in place, screw collectively the 2 physique items and fasten that to the bottom.

With a plethora of inset nuts, the rear motor cowl screws collectively and onto the bottom.

As soon as all of the mechanical elements are in place, the remainder of the electronics must be crammed in. The best factor to do now’s connect the primary physique of the automobile, and go away the lid off.

Quite a lot of room in right here to cram all of the electronics.

The remainder of the electronics do not actually screw into or keep hooked up to something, however this is how every thing plugs collectively. Make word that the orange wire on the servo plugs into the left pin on channel one, and the white wire of the motive force plugs into the left pin on channel two.

All of the electronics charged and plugged in correctly.

As soon as the battery is charged and plugged in, all it’s a must to do is setup the controller. To do this, plug within the small connector into Channel 3 of the receiver, activate the electronics, and as soon as the receiver mild begins blinking, maintain down the “Bind” button on the controller and energy it on. This could sync the 2 collectively and you may undergo now and superb tune the settings of your controller.

With all that, you are off to the races!

The receiver and the small plug to bind it to the distant.

Able to race!

There you go! A number of different variations of this F1 automobile exist, like twin extrusion our bodies and alternate physique shapes, just like the McLaren F1. The beauty items might be swapped round the primary chassis, as these items keep the identical throughout the iterations Daniel has created. So get printing and assemble your personal OpenRC F1 automobile and ship us photos of the colour schemes you provide you with. Yow will discover the recordsdata for the OpenRC automobile challenge that I used right here

Completely happy Printing!


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