This YouTuber 3D Printed a Mini 70 MPH Tesla Roadster
Perhaps you are eager to get your hands on a Tesla Roadster, and 2022 is too far away. Why don’t you 3D print? You might not be able to sit in it or accelerate from 0-60 in 1.9 seconds. But, you can technically say that you got one before everyone else.
That’s what the YouTuber ItsYetBoi decided to do. After the success of his Tesla CyberTruck 3D model, which got a highly coveted tweet from Musk himself, ItsYetBoi followed up with a sequel. However, this was not your standard FDM desktop printing job. His team wanted the vehicle to go fast, to be light as well as durable.
A Traxxas RC system powers the 3D model. This will help the 3D printed model reach top-speeds of 70 mph (112kph). For durability, the YouTuber and his team printed the vehicle using TPU or Thermoplastic Polyurethane. This polymer has been described as the bridge between rubbers and plastics.
It is very flexible and allows the newly created RC car to withstand high-speed crashes. However, there were some design challenges with thermoplastic plastic. If you want to see what happens, you are going to have to watch the video.
Do you think someone should try to 3D print a Tesla Roadster to scale? 3D printed cars are more common than you think.
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