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Custom 3D-Printed Hot Rod [READER’S RIDE]

Custom 3D-Printed Hot Rod [READER’S RIDE]

Jason Suter designed in CAD and used rapid prototyping to develop his custom Hot Rod, which is inspired by the classic ’32 Ford Deuce Coupe style. The body is 3D-printed in SLS nylon while the chassis is laser-cut out of aluminum. Most of his driveline and running gear is aluminum, sourced from the RC crawler world and adapted for use here. It is built around an Axial SCX10 gearbox and rear axle, with a Wraith driveshaft connecting them. The front axle is an aluminum hop-up part designed for 1/14-scale Tamiya trucks. The power system uses a Hobbywing Xerun 120A-SD V2.1 controller running a 7.5T brushless motor on 2S Lipo. Jason documented the entire design/build process in amazing detail HERE and check out the video below of some of his initial test runs.


Want to see your machine here? Send photos and a description to readersrides@airage.com. Be sure to send the full-size photos. If that bogs your email, use WeTransfer–it’s easy and free.  

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Updated: January 17, 2019 — 12:47 PM
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  1. Awesome build and great use of technology, but PLEASE use a wire grommet on the “firewall” where those wires pass through if indeed this rig will be anything more than a shelf queen. Wire chafe through those openings means you’ll be letting the magic smoke out! Great build though!!

  2. Can I buy the body and grill that is shown on the 3D Hot Rod. Let me know, my e mail is

    John Edge

    1. Hi John. I am the designer/builder of this car. The body was 3D printed at Shapeways for about 130$ (this particular grille was made by hand, but I did make a model that can be 3D printed too). I haven’t yet tried to print it on a hobbiest-grade printer, but it would be FAR cheaper (but probably less durable)

      I have given all the files etc away for free, so it is just a case of downloading it from my Instructable and uploading it to Shapeways.

      I documented the whole thing on instructables.com (the link is in this article), but the step for ordering the body in particular is here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Scratch-Build-an-RC-Car-With-CAD-and-Rapid-Prototy/step4/Manufacture-the-Parts/

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