Sometime in June 2018, Sweden-based 3D printing hobbyist Simon Sörensen posted a video for one of his many 3D printing projects: a 3D Printed RC Speed Boat. Unfortunately, after testing it for the first time, he noticed several major flaws, one of which was leaking.
The boat was 3D printed in five body sections (with three extra hatch sections) using the Creality CR-10S printer. Simon joined the units using epoxy and set out to experiment his DIY project only to discover water was creeping through the PLA.
Now, in a bid to stop his project from sinking, Simon went on a second mission to 3D print an RC airboat and posted the video on his RCLifeOn YouTube channel. This time around, he decided not to print the boat in parts, and he used the Creality CR-10 3D printer. The RC airboat was printed in one go using a 0.5mm nozzle at 0.3 mm layer height and took 40 hours to finish. In addition to the base of the boat, you also need to 3D print four hinges and a rudder.
The new RC boat is four perimeters thick and watertight. Simon dismisses the need to use flex seal because he wanted to create a waterproof 3D print. For reference on how to make waterproof prints, you can use one of All3DP’s weekend projects: how to 3D print watertight containers.
Now, let’s take a deeper dive into what you need and how to build this 3D printed RC Boat.
The RC boat is simple, and you only need a couple of components outside of your 3D printer and the STL files, which are freely available via Thingiverse. Here’s what else you need:
These are the main parts you are going to need to buy before assembling your RC Boat. You’ll also need an array of basic working tools, namely pliers, a drill, and a screwdriver. The boat is printed with 20 percent infill and does not need any supports. Simon recommends using higher temperatures to increase bond strength.
Once your print is ready, you will need to put the parts together. Here’s an overview of the assembly process:
Your project is now ready for testing. If you want to learn Happy Sailing!
Additional notes to keep in mind:
License: The text of "Weekend Project: Set Sail in This 3D Printed RC Airboat" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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