3D Printed Supercars and Robots – Weekly News Roundup 6/22-6/28

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3D print an inexpensive cleaning robot

A maker in Taiwan, Jake Lee, has designed and 3D printed a cleaning robot with air suction, a sweeper, and a roller brush. The cleaning robot measures 17×17 cm, chooses its direction randomly, and can detect different obstacles. Jake Lee 3D printed top, bottom, mid-housing components, and two battery covers for its robot. He used three gears, a single motor and an UNO board for additional mechanical and electronic components. He says his costs were about $5 in components. Until someone tries it, we can only imagine how its design might be simplified with F-Electric, conductive 3D printing filament!

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The Blade, 3D printed supercar

Divergent Microfactories 3D has designed a 3D printed supercar with faster acceleration than McLaren P1 and 2x the power-to-weight ratio of a Bugatti Veyron. They’ve christened it the “Blade” and claim that including manufacturing, it generates one third of the emissions of an electric car, 1/50 of manufactured car costs, and can go from o-60 MPH in 2.2 seconds. Blade’s weight is 1,400 pounds and its aluminum chassis tips the scales at a mere 61 pounds.
To 3D print the car, Divergent Microfactories came up with a hybrid construction approach. They 3D print aluminum nodes that are joined together by carbon fiber tubing and can be assembled in 30 minutes, greatly reducing labor costs. The company especially emphasizes the reduced environmental impact of its production.

 

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3D printed Batmobile

A Batman fan 3D printed his version of the Batmobile from the original 1989 movie. It has eight main and 34 minor parts, which are held together by glue. It took about 100 hours to 3D print with a body of black and silver material, tires from flexible PLA, glass parts from transparent blue PLA, and red PLA taillights. Only the lighting system wasn’t 3D printed, which someone could choose to improve upon using F-Electric! Here you can find a design of 3D printed flashlight with conductive filament.

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