Lynx Micro Tech ~ 3D-Printing & SolidWorks

Rock Crawling R/C Truck created by Jim at Lynx Micro Tech

Rock Crawling R/C Truck created by Jim at Lynx Micro Tech

I enjoy sharing projects created by other people, of which I taught how to use SolidWorks, to encourage new people to learn to use SolidWorks … and one of those projects is by Jim the creator of Lynx Micro Tech

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R/C 64 Chevy Jim made with Laser Cut & 3D Printed Parts

R/C 64 Chevy Jim made with Laser Cut & 3D Printed Parts

Lynx Micro Tech ~ R/C Micro Crawlers

All these items in this Photo created by Lynx Motion Tech Can Now be Purchased

Items in this Photo created by Lynx Motion Tech Can Now be Purchased

Several years ago I started working with Jim to design 3D-Printed Chassis & Rims for R/C Micro Rock Crawlers using SolidWorks CAD software …

More Cool Wheel Rims Designed by Jim on this R/C Tow Truck

More Cool Wheel Rims Designed by Jim on this R/C Tow Truck

We have never met in person, nor have we talked on the phone; instead, this was a design experiment by two individuals (2,000 miles apart) to create items using only email correspondence, videos, and SolidWorks File Sharing.

3D-Printed Micro Crawler Parts on Shapeways.com

3D-Printed Micro Crawler Parts on Shapeways.com

Items are now being sold … and I consider my part finished … so thought I would UPDATE the Project … and add a little history of the process how we went from the ‘Concept’ Micro-Crawler designs to Jim learning how to use SolidWorks and making very creative CAD designs & 3D-Printing STL files all on his own.

A 2D Design Concept Drawing By Jim Showing a New Chassis Idea

A 2D Design Concept Drawing By Jim Showing a New Chassis Idea

My involvement was initially drawing Jim’s 2D drawing ideas into SolidWorks to create 3-Printing STL files, which then led to teaching Jim how to use SolidWorks by making Screen-Capture Tutorial Videos of how to draw the Crawler parts.

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Original 'Tuber' Micro Rock Crawler Concept Design

Original ‘Tuber’ Micro Rock Crawler Concept Design

One of the first ‘Concept’ Designs was a 3D-Printed ‘Tuber’ Chassis Design …

Tube Chassis & Wheel Rims are 3D-Printed

Tube Chassis & Wheel Rims are 3D-Printed

Videos were a great way to share design ideas and future concepts …

Crawler Video-Example Showing Design Concepts

Crawler Video-Example Showing Design Concepts

https://youtu.be/46R-VVa4fPw

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SolidWorks allows you to put graphics/logos on items with a ‘Decal‘ Feature

Blue Lightning Graphics Added Using SolidWorks 'Decal' Feature

Blue Lightning Graphics Added Using SolidWorks ‘Decal’ Feature

… then we worked on other ideas including  the ‘Scorpion’ Chassis design …

Olive Green Version of the Scorpion Micro-Rock-Crawler

Olive Green Version of the Scorpion Micro-Rock-Crawler

Snow-Camo Decal Version of the Scorpion R/C Micro Rock Crawler

Snow-Camo Decal Version of the Scorpion R/C Micro Rock Crawler

Just-for-Fun Added a Snake-Skin Pattern Using SolidWorks Decal Feature

Just-for-Fun Added a Snake-Skin Pattern Using SolidWorks Decal Feature

I came up with a lot of concepts … Some Jim liked … Some not so much *grin*

You Can Purchase Glowing 3D-Printing Filament Online

You Can Purchase Glowing 3D-Printing Filament Online

Glowing Chassis didn’t make the cut *Laughing*

Concept of Mini LEDs Lighting Up Clear Filament 3D-Printed Chassis

Concept of Mini LEDs Lighting Up Clear Filament 3D-Printed Chassis

I still think the ‘Dual-Servo‘ Scorpion Design Concept has promise …

Concept I suggested for a Front & Back Servo 'Tight-Turning' Crawler Design

Concept I suggested for a Front & Back Servo ‘Tight-Turning’ Crawler Design

Just Having Fun!!  …  Actually Jim was very kind & inviting of all new ideas.

Top-View of the Dual-Servo Version of the Mirco Rock Crawler

Top-View of the Dual-Servo Version of the Mirco Rock Crawler

… and Some ideas grew on Jim after a while like the ‘Dual-Rim‘ Concept …

3D-Printed Dual Wheel R/C Micro Rock Crawler

3D-Printed Dual Wheel R/C Micro Rock Crawler

Top-View of the Dual-Tire Rim Design

Top-View of the Dual-Tire Rim Design

Dual-Tire Rims for Micro R/C Rock Crawler

Dual-Tire Rims for Micro R/C Rock Crawler

Drew in all the R/C parts so we could ‘test fit’ items in SolidWorks Assemblies

SolidWorks Rendering of the Custom Suspension Mounts

SolidWorks Rendering of the Custom Suspension Mounts

SolidWorks ‘Simulation‘ allows new parts to be tested within the CAD software before being 3D-Printed or Laser Cut … It doesn’t cost anything to make mistakes during the drawing phase, but fixing mistakes during the fabrication phase can become very expensive … especially if making ‘injection molded’ parts.

Split-Chassis Prototype designed Using SolidWorks CAD Software

Split-Chassis Prototype designed Using SolidWorks CAD Software

Originally Jim would come up with 2D drawings and I would create 3D CAD models and Photo-Realistic renderings using SolidWorks CAD Software …

Rendering showing Crawler Maximum Articulation

Rendering showing Crawler Maximum Articulation

SolidWorks Simulation allowed us to test out the limits of the Crawlers …

MetalDesigner_Mod_SideView

The ‘Split Chassis‘ part of the design is a concept I came up with one night when I could not sleep ~ As I was looking at a 2D drawing Jim had emailed to me, thought why not split the chassis in half to lower the 3D-Printing height?
Thus less support material would be needed in the 3D printing process.

SolidWorks Screen-Capture of Crawler Design

SolidWorks Screen-Capture of Crawler Design

We found the cost of 3D-Printing the full size chassis used a lot of extra expensive 3D printing support material; therefore, the choice to ‘split’ the chassis into 2 parts and connect them with tubing lowered the final 3D-Printing cost.

Photo-Realistic SolidWorks Rendering of the Crawler Split-Chassis Design

Photo-Realistic SolidWorks Rendering of the Crawler Split-Chassis Design

Split-Chassis Design with 3D Printed Battery Holder Concept

Split-Chassis Design with 3D Printed Battery Holder Concept

3D-Printed Parts Ready to Press-Together or Screwed Together

3D-Printed Parts Ready to Press-Together or Screwed Together

I wasn’t sure if splitting the chassis was something Jim would want to do or if the design would work; therefore, on my own I test printed the design on my home 3D Printer and built a simple prototype … The design worked, so I showed the SolidWorks concept to Jim & gave the 3D-Printed Prototype to a friend’s kid.

Battery Holder Concept I designed using SolidWorks

Battery Holder Concept I designed using SolidWorks

Some of the items he used in future designs of the Goat Micro Rock Crawler …

Test fitup of My Home 3D-Printed 'Split' Chassis Crawler Prototype

Test fitup of My Home 3D-Printed ‘Split’ Chassis Crawler Prototype

It was a lot of fun coming up with designs & photo-realistic CAD renderings …

Photo-Realistic CAD Rendering Created with SolidWorks 2013 Version

Photo-Realistic CAD Rendering Created with SolidWorks 2013 Version

After seeing the abilities of SolidWorks Jim purchased his own copy of SolidWorks and asked if I would teach him how to use it.

Of course I agreed and started making Screen-Capture videos as I drew in the designs we were working on so he could see how to use SolidWorks by Dassault Systèmes.

3D View GIF of a SolidWorks Crawler Concept Design

3D View GIF of a SolidWorks Crawler Concept Design

Learning is all about interest; therefore, if one works on items you are interested in while learning SolidWorks your progress will go much faster …

Lightweight & Strong Center Metal Tubes Connect the Two Chassis Sides

Lightweight & Strong Center Metal Tubes Connect the Two Chassis Sides

Jim retired and sold a Robotics Company, so it goes without saying he is a very intelligent person and learned SolidWorks quickly as I continued to design items with him … Now he does everything in SolidWorks on his own.

Under View Rendering Showing How the Suspension Connects to Chassis

Under View Rendering Showing How the Suspension Connects to Chassis

Now Jim is an expert using SolidWorks to create Laser Cut Parts as-well-as 3D-Printed parts of which he sells online through Shapeways.com and his website.

Now I get to sit back and see what new innovative items he comes up with!!

Jim did the Laser Cut part designs completely by himself … Well Done Jim!!

Laser Cut Parts created using SolidWorks CAD Software

Laser Cut Parts created using SolidWorks CAD Software

If you would like to see more of Jim’s designs they can be seen at:
https://lynxmicrotech.wordpress.com/64-chevy-welder-truck-build/

64 Chevy with Welding Machine designed and made completely by Jim

64 Chevy with Welding Machine designed and made completely by Jim

Very Excited to See All the New Designs Jim Comes Up with in the Future!!

Laser Cut 64 Chevy Chassis Parts Created by Jim

Laser Cut 64 Chevy Chassis Parts Created by Jim

Once again … Well Done Jim you took it to the Next Level!!
… and then some More!!   Whoo Hoo!!! 

Nice Thank You Note from Jim

A Nice Thank You Note from Jim on His Website

… CHEERS!!

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