Nov 26, 2016 | By Benedict

Daniel Norée, creator of the OpenR/C Project, has unveiled his third-generation 3D printed OpenR/C car, which can be 3D printed in PLA (body) and NinjaFlex (tires). Norée has published a guide explaining how to assemble the new R/C car.

By all accounts, R/C racing is a fairly inclusive sport, open to just about all of those who wish to get involved. However, one particular individual has made the sport more open than ever before. In 2012, Daniel Norée published a design for an R/C vehicle on the internet, seeking advice and suggestions and making the design available for others to copy. After posting a second design, a community started to form around Norée’s creations, and soon the OpenR/C Project had become an online platform where a huge number of R/C and 3D printing enthusiasts could download the founder’s designs and share their own tips and experiences.

Today, the OpenR/C Project is a fairly big deal in the world of R/C, and has even hosted events in collaboration with the likes of Pinshape, encouraging makers to create their own 3D printed R/C parts. So while the Project is now more than simply an outlet for Norée’s creations, the online community still fervently anticipates every new release from the Project’s founder. Excitingly, the R/C whizz recently launched the third generation of his personal R/C car design, a completely 3D printable Formula 1 car that can be made from PLA and NinjaFlex.

The new 3D printed R/C car from Norée is a 1:10 scale Formula 1 car, a simple design requiring only two 3D printing materials and a $220 electronics pack containing all the motors and radio gear required to get the vehicle moving. (Makers can also choose to source their own parts if they prefer.) For those looking to get involved, the Project founder has put together an Instructables guide which demonstrates, step by step, how to 3D print and assemble the third-generation car, and suggests a 10-15% infill and 0.2 mm layer height for most of the 3D printed parts. The chassis plates are, according to Norée, the only pieces which require a higher infill setting—of around 35%.

The entire project contains 38 downloadable STL files, making the R/C a fairly large project. However, given the detailed amount of information given by Norée—in addition to the large number of OpenR/C followers on hand to share their own experiences with the car—makers should have no trouble assembling the latest vehicle in the series. A quick glance at the car’s Thingiverse page shows that over 50 makers have already built the 3D printed car, while 30 have remixed the design to put their own unique twist on the vehicle.

To see how Norée put together his own third-generation OpenR/C Formula 1 car, check out the cool time-lapse video below!



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