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3D Model 17: Remote Control Vehicle

Who can resist the pleasure of driving a radio-control car? And now you can raise the enjoyment a few notches by building your own car completely from scratch, and learn along the way what an RC toy is like under the hood, both the electronics and mechanics of it. This RC vehicle is fully 3D-printed, with the exception of motors, electronics, a pencil and a few bolts and nuts. The electronic parts are readily available and relatively inexpensive. Absolutely no soldering is required to put it all together. The vehicle is designed with an "open" architecture in mind -- the power train and steering mechanism are intentionally exposed for all to see.

Introduction Video:

List of 3D-Printed Parts:

Download Link
Filename:rc_vehicle.zip
Format:.STL
Size:16.1 MB
Last Updated:2022-09-17

IDQuantityFilename
rc011rc_left_front_wheel.stl
rc021rc_right_front_wheel.stl
rc031rc_left_back_wheel.stl
rc041rc_right_back_wheel.stl
rc051rc_front.stl
rc061rc_platform.stl
rc071rc_yoke.stl
rc081rc_cam.stl
rc091rc_back_shaft.stl
rc101rc_gear_10.stl
rc111rc_gear_10_30.stl
rc121rc_gear_40.stl
rc132rc_front_shaft.stl
rc142rc_cap.stl
rc152rc_long_pin.stl
rc162rc_short_pin.stl
rc172rc_bushing.stl
rc184rc_small_bushing.stl
rc191rc_body_front.stl
rc201rc_body_back.stl

Hardware:

  • Remote Control and Receiver. Usually sold together as a combo. We are using a 4-channel receiver, although only two channels are used (for throttle and steering.)
  • GLOBACT 550 electric motor, approx. 38mm in diameter. If you are going to use a different motor, do make sure its diameter is the same or it won't fit into the motor holder on top of the platform.
  • 14T/32P Pinion with a 3.175mm shaft. This pinion serves as a connector between the motor and the 3D printed 10-tooth gear [rc11].
  • 80A Brushed Motor Electronic Speed Control (ESC), XT60 connector. Another connector can be used too as long as it is compatible with the battery's connector, or an appropriate adapter is used. The servo plug (shown on the bottom right side of the photo below) is to be plugged into the receiver.
  • DS3218 Servo with an aluminum horn. The servo is to be plugged into the receiver.
  • 7.2v Battery, 1000mAh with a JST connector. This battery was used to test the vehicle, but a higher-capacity battery is recommended (at least 2000mAh). The battery connector must match that of the ESC, or an adapter is needed.
  • Battery-to-ESC Adapter. Optional, only needed if the battery's output connector and ESC's input connector do not match.
  • 18 metric M3-12 countersunk bolts and 10 metric M3 nuts.

Assembly Instructions:

Step 1: Attach platform [rc6] to front [rc5] with 4 bolts and 4 nuts.

Step 2: Insert the 14T pinion into gear 10 [rc10], align holes. Mount the pinion onto the motor's shaft and secure with the tightening screw.

Step 3: Attach cam [rc08] to the servo's horn, secure with two bolts. Mount the horn onto the servo, secure with the two tightening screws.

Step 4: Insert the servo into the front's rectangular hole, wires pointing towards the back, secure with 4 bolts and nuts.

Step 5: Insert two front shafts [rc13] into the front, align holes, secure with two long pins [rc15] and two small bushings [rc18]. Attach yoke [rc07] with the help of two short pins [rc16] and two small bushings [rc18], as shown below.

Step 6: Attach left front wheel [rc01] and right front wheel [rc02] to the left and right shafts, and secure with two bushings [rc17].

Step 7: Using a small saw or serrated knife, cut 39mm off a regular pencil, insert the pencil piece into the hexagonal hole in the platform, mount gear 10/30 [rc11] onto the piece and secure from both sides with caps [rc14]. Insert the motor into the motor holder at the top of the platform and mesh the two gears together. Secure the motor with a bolt and nut at the top of the motor holder.

Step 8: Insert back shaft [rc09] into the shaft holder at the back of the platform, mount gear 40 [rc12] onto the back shaft, align holes, secure with two bolts on both sides of the gear.

Step 9: Mount left back wheel [rc03] and right back wheel [rc04] onto the back shaft. Align holes, secure each wheel with two bolts on both sides of the wheel.

Step 10: Attach body front to body back with a bolt and nut.

Step 11: Attach the body to the front and platform by inserting the body front's tabs underneath the front and snapping the body back's over the platform's back shaft holder.

Related:

Tutorial 10: How to Model Involute Gears Instantly, Tutorial 15: How to Model a Gear Train in Blender 2.8, 3D-Printable Rubik's Cube Solving Robot.