What Happens When 3D Printing Meets Small Scale RC Models
We’ve designed a pair of flexible tires (front and rear) for Mini-Z cars with the idea to see how these 3D printed tires will perform on a Mini-Z track, but it has turned out that they are good only for drift even though they are printed from a flexible rubber/silicone like material and not from plastic. So here are the front and rear flexible tires for Kysho Mini-Z RC cars, designed to be 3D printed from a flexible filament such as NinjaFlex or Arnitel Eco flexible filament.
They will stretch a bit when put on the rims and fit very tight, so you should only print using flexible and not hard plastic filament. Do not print them using plastic material such as PLA or ABS, we are coming with a separate design for plastic tires to be printed from PLA ad these should be good for drifting as well. We are looking at different exotic materials that could turn out to be softer more like the original rubber tires. Meanwhile you can experiment with these, they should fit on all on-road models of Mini-Z such as MR-02, MR-03 and MA-010 etc.
This is a simple 5 mm Hex Socket Wrench for the 2 mm lock nuts used for the wheels of the Kyosho Mini-Z RC cars as well as Losi Micro-T and with other small scale remote controlled models that use the same size lock nuts. Great thing to have as a spare that you can 3D print in case you loose or break your original one that came with the model or actually did not get such a wrench. It is a useful tool to have to give to friends that may also need it, so you might want to have a few of these 3D printed just in case. The tool is designed to effortlessly fit inside various kinds of rims, so the wheel offset should not be a problem if it is in the normal ranges.