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Bruiser hex extender

Tamiya BruiserPosted by xilsoe Mar 30, 2017 20:46:57
After some thinking and research I decided that 3D printed metal would be the best way to widen the track width of the front wheels on my Bruiser. So I opened openscad and designed what I call a hex extender. It is designed to match a 12mm hex and has a 5ø bore that allows a 5mm M4 barrel nut to fit in.

Before this can work, a hex conversion such as the RC4WD kit is needed. Then I used barrel nuts from a kit named: Aluminum Alloy 12mm Wheel Hub Hex Drive Adaptor +10mm Offset SCX10 WRAITH Black i bought off ebay. It might also be possible to use longer wheel axles. I didn't experiment with that

The barrel nut fit very tightly into the extender so I ended up using a needle file to enlarge one of the extender bores. Further I put some grease in the bore of both extenders to avoid binding.

The 3D print was done by i.materialise.com. They claim that the strength is the same as regular aluminium. I didn't test it though. It is available from their WEB site here: https://i.materialise.com/shop/item/hexextender-v2

Here are some pictures:

That was my first 3D printed aluminium. So far I am happy with the result :)

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