3D-Printed R/C Micro Rock Crawler

Concept SolidWorks Rendering of 3D-Printed R/C Micro Rock Crawler

Concept SolidWorks Rendering of 3D-Printed R/C Micro Rock Crawler

It is my Birthday this week ~ So I thought I would give a gift to others 🙂

R1-Style Tribute Modification of a R/C Micro Rock Crawler

R1-Style Tribute Modification of a R/C Micro Rock Crawler

For about a year and a half … I have been contacted and asked almost daily for the CAD 3D-Printing STL files for one of these R/C Micro Rock Crawlers.

R1 Crawler SolidWorks

SolidWorks Software Screen-Capture of the R1-Tribute Concept

… So I redesigned the R1-Tribute Version in SolidWorks …

MetalDesigner_SolidWorks_View

SolidWorks Assembly with the Additional Crawler Modification Parts

This Crawler was for my own personal use until Jim finished with the versions he will be selling online … Many different Chassis & Wheel Rim Options

https://lynxmicrotech.wordpress.com/chassis-kits/

MetalDesigner_3Dprinted_Parts

SolidWorks Renderings help visualize what the real-life parts will look like

… Also designed a new type of Controller & Battery Mount …

Click in Battery Mount

The Battery Clicks into place and pulls out easily for charging

The Crawler’s roof is also an inner mount for the Losi Controller & Battery …

Controller and Battery Inner Roof Mount

The Controller Clicks in securely inside the R1-Tribute 3D-Printed Chassis

One of my Losi Controllers is a little small than the other so made an additional tighter version of the Roof Controller & Battery mount

Tighter Fit Version of Roof Mount

Made a version of the mount that fits tighter for my smaller Controller

Added custom wider front & rear suspension & shock mounts …

SolidWorks Rendering of the Custom Suspension Mounts ( Shown in Red )

SolidWorks Rendering of the Custom Suspension Mounts ( Shown in Red )

This 3D-Printed Chassis, and the additional crawler parts, are designed for use with the Losi 1/24 Scale Micro Rock Crawler RTR

Of course, it is much quicker and easier, and more economical to purchase the Losi Crawler and then make creative additional modifications to it 🙂

If you click on the image below it will link you to the Losi Website 🙂

Losi_Website

The Base Model Micro Rock Crawler can be Purchased from the Losi Website

Once the Chassis & Parts were tested within the SolidWorks CAD Model, I then went ahead and printed out the Chassis on the AFINIA H-479 3D-Printer

R1 Split Chassis Both

The AFINIA 3D-Printer Software figures out everything for you and knows where to put in the support material while printing … all you have to to is press PRINT and come back later when it is done … YES … It is that easy!!

AFINIA H-Series 3D-Printer ~ http://www.afinia.com/

Finished R1 3Dprint

Image shows the size of 1/2 of the Split-Chassis next to a US Quarter Coin

Once I had the Chassis done, then 3D-Printed the other parts …

3Dprinted_Part_Mods

The Yellow items are all 3D-Printed parts made on the AFINIA H-479 3D-Printer

These are how the parts look directly off the 3D-Printer after the support material has been removed … it even printed the small 1mm diameter holes!!

CrawlerBuild-01

Everything fit as expected thanks to pre-testing in the Solidworks model …

CrawlerBuild-02

Here are several more views of the assembled Chassis and Roof mount …

CrawlerBuild-03

The bottom Center Mount fit well and widened the Chassis for more space

CrawlerBuild-04

The battery easily clicks in and out of the chassis to allow for charging

CrawlerBuild-05

The 3D-Printed ABS plastic is flexible enough so the chassis doesn’t break

CrawlerBuild-06

The 3D-Printed ABS material is excellent for allowing the screws’ thread to self-tap

— CHEERS!!

*** UPDATE ***

If You Want the Real Thing ~ CHECK OUT JIM’s NEW ITEMS AT:

Lynx Micro Tech

All these items in Photo were Create by Jim and Can Now be Purchased

All these items in Photo were Create by Jim and Can Now be Purchased

The Photo above shows the real-world parts by Lynx Micro Tech

Dual-Tire Rims for Micro R/C Rock Crawler

Dual-Tire Rims for Micro R/C Rock Crawler

3D-Printing STL Files for Dual-Tire Rims added to GrabCAD.com

3D-Printing STL Files for Dual-Tire Rims added to GrabCAD.com

Top-View of the Dual-Tire Rim Design

Top-View of the Dual-Tire Rim Design

Dual-Tire Micro R/C Rock Crawler SolidWorks Concept Rendering

Dual-Tire Micro R/C Rock Crawler SolidWorks Concept Rendering

— CHEERS!!!

UPDATE

Jim is now selling the Micro-Crawler Chassis on Shapeways:
https://lynxmicrotech.wordpress.com/chassis-kits/

Also Wheel Rims and other 3D-Printed Parts … Yay!!

GIF Created Using Snag-it CAMTASIA to Screen-Capture a Video Created with SolidWorks

GIF Created Using Snag-it CAMTASIA to Screen-Capture a Video Created with SolidWorks Motion Simulation

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2 responses to “3D-Printed R/C Micro Rock Crawler

  1. billy baer

    Did you ever finish the build? And what parts were needed to make it fit?

    • Jim Frye used our original concept SolidWorks designs and is selling these 3D-Printed Crawler chassis online and he has re-designed the crawler even better using his knowledge of Micro-Crawlers and Robotics. The R1-Crawler that I 3D-Printed was just for my personal use and won’t work with others because I modified some parts… The plan all along was for me to teach Jim enough to use SolidWorks to modify the original concepts into real working 3D-Printed Crawlers… and the R1 is now the GOAT and it is very cool!! If you find Jim’s website where he is selling these you should check out all the custom 3D-Printed Wheel Rims!! He sent me a few examples and they are outstanding. I don’t have the website address as I write this because I just do the design items and stay out of sales. *grin* CHEERS!!

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