… Stayed up Tonight to finish a new 3D-Printed Chassis Design for Jim Fyre …
Made several different SolidWorks ‘Photo-Realistic’ Renderings to test design.
This is the new addition to the line of 3D-Printed R/C Micro Rock Crawler Toys.
SolidWorks has a ‘Decals’ feature for adding interesting patterns & images.
CAD designers import images as ‘Decals’ and make them a part of renderings.
Several DXF flat-Patterns will be created using SolidWorks and then Laser-Cut out of thin lightweight material to act as the side ‘Sheet-Metal’ panels … Vacuum Formed thin plastic parts will act as the Crawler’s Hood & Roof cover.
New flexible 3D-Printing materials now offer the ability to print rigid Chassis or Flexible Tube Chassis designs that will bend instead of breaking after a fall.
SolidWorks CAD Software provides fit-up & Simulation design options …
Personally I think it should be called ‘The Scarab’ because from the top view it looks like the Scarab Beetle the Egyptians use to Worship. ( Scarabaeus sacer )
A Scarab beetle is a ‘dung’ eating insect – What better to represent something that takes all the crap you give it, and eats it up, and enjoys it… *LOL* … Just like the real-life Rock Crawler. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarabaeus_sacer )
The real-life abilities of the Rock Crawler helped to inspire the Toy Design.
For more about the ‘3D-Printed Toy Project’ you can view this previous post :
Jim is now selling the Micro-Crawler Chassis on Lynx Micro Tech:
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