Can you 3D print a remote-controlled car? If you’ve been following along with the hacking universe for the last few years, the answer is a definite “yes.” However, few, if any are as awesome as this one by KrisCubed, AKA Engineering Nonsense.
This vehicle is actually his third try at a 3D-printed car, and besides its PLA construction, the most notable feature is that it operates in 4WD, with a driveshaft down the middle of the body. If, for some reason, you prefer 2WD operation, it can be set up for front or rear-wheel drive only, and the back differential can even be locked for greater traction (at the expense of handling).
The video below shows off the car’s capabilities nicely, including some great slow-mo shots of it tearing up gravel and pavement, even in slushy conditions. K³ points out here that wile some have questioned his choice of PLA for the car’s material, this makes it extremely accessible built-wise, and has held up well after four to five hours of use.
If and when something does break, it’s designed so that most parts that are prone to breakage can be printed in 30 minutes or less. It looks like an excellent build, and print files are available on Thingiverse if you’d like one of your own!