Creating The 3D Printed Add-Ons:Below you will find an outline of our process and the tools and materials that we used. Towards the end we also take a look at how you might create add-ons if you don't have access to a 3D printer. We have also included download links to our files, which you can find at the foot of the article.
Step 1 Importing The 2D Top Plate Design Into Our 3D Design Software:
Step 2 Designing The 3D Add-Ons:As you can see, what looks like a large and difficult shape can often be made up of smaller more manageable shapes. Most tasks become easier if you break them down into bitesize chunks and creating things from nothing is no different, many songs start with just a kick sample.
Step 3 Printing The Designs:Next job is to import the files into Automaker or your 3D printer software of choice. The 3D Printer Filament and the print quality setting you choose will impact on the print outcome. The higher the quality setting the slower the print. We tend to use draft quality as the print times are manageable and the result is of a decent quality.
Alternative Design And Manufacturing Info:If you don't have access to a 3D printer there are still ways in which you can produce add-ons much like ours. Method one: Styrofoam Craft Foam is a great material for creating shapes from. It is easy to shape and can be fully worked by hand. Once you're happy with your shape you can coat it with resin to give it an even finish and paint it the colour of your choice. 123D Make. It allows you to import your 3D CAD design, and then you select your material thickness, the application then will automatically create the laser cut plans ready for you to export into a format suitable for your laser cutter.
- Use the dowel function on the right hand side to select placement of holes and diameter of dowels. This will allow you to line up and join the components together easily.
- The material thickness selection area is at the bottom of the screen and not with the rest of the measurements. We spent a few minutes scratching our heads whilst looking for it.
- Double check your design dimensions after importing them into 123DMake, under some circumstances it can double the size of your object on import. It's a job of seconds to half the dimensions but if you miss this step you could find yourself with giant add-ons.
|Build A Robot Wars Buggy Learning Resources.|
|Part 1 - Intro.||What we did, why we did it and what we used.|
|Part 2 - The Buggy.||It's all about the line following buggy, We used the buggy as is and attached custom parts.|
|Part 3 - The Perspex Top Plate.||How we designed and cut the top plate, with alternative methods for those without laser cutters.|
|Part 4 - The 3D printed Add-ons.||How we designed and 3D printed the add-ons, with alternative methods for those without 3D printers.|
|Part 5 - Making The Flag.||Our design process for making the self righting flag.|
|Part 6 - Coding with the Microsoft MakeCode Editor.||Beyond line following. Martin Woolley gives a very thorough breakdown of how he wrote the code for the Robot Buggies. Learn how!|
|Part 7 - Bluetooth Buggy Control.||How to turn your Android device into a remote control for the buggy, including pairing instructions, Again, over to Martin Wooley.|
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