FAN FRIDAY FEATURED BUILD BY JASON SUTER
Friday is being hauled in by Jason’s Diesel Punk build and it will keep trucking us through the weekend. Creativity is not collecting dust on Jason and his creations.
Jason’s build info:
Inspiration for the Build
I think I enjoy designing and sharing new vehicles even more than I do driving them. After spending a lot of time designing a realistic 3D-printable Rat Rod and MB Jeep I decided I wanted to do something with more cartoon proportions.
I’ve always been a fan of the “dieselpunk” genre, which is basically steampunk without the steam, as well as 1930’s era single-seat open-cockpit racers. I decided to blend the inspirations and this is what I came up with, a sort of alternate universe where robots race grubby souped up tractors.
From the beginning I knew that I was going to include the option of an FPV camera in place of the driver’s head and that the steering wheel and arms had to be animated, so space was at a premium.
I planned to build the whole thing as compactly as possible. The motion is provided by two servos which have been modified for continuous rotation. Servos like this are very handy because you can get a lot of torque (very little speed) and an ESC all built into a small package.
The whole design was done in Fusion360 except for the robot head which was sculpted by my talented friend Fotis Mint in zBrush. Once the design was finished it was all printed in ABS and PETG plastics on a RoboxDual 3D printer.
The links below will take you to the free STL files if you would like to print your own, as well as my build videos and various other accounts if you would like to follow along for updates.
I am already working on version 2 with faster motors, and Fotis is working on a new style body, so be sure to follow along if you want to see those!
Youtube Video of the full build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EIbURqutr8
MyMiniFactory Link for 3D Printing Files: https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-dieselpunk-fpv-tractor-racer-72637
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