RC cars have been something of a staple in any toy collection for a long time now. A popular Christmas gift, they come in all sizes as stocking stuffers or the next big thing that you won’t want to put away.
There was a time when you couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing an advert for the newest addition to RC cars, and 3D designers have taken to finding their own innovative ways to 3D print their own at home.
The idea of a 3D printed RC car may seem a little far-fetched, as 3D printing working circuitry isn’t something that’s available to the average household, but just like many other facets of recreation, 3D printing, and RC vehicle enthusiasts have found a way.
Making a 3D printed RC car means you will have to buy and install the circuitry separately, so the designs we are going to look at here are 3D cars and car chassis that have been made with RC enabling in mind.
Don’t be discouraged, though. Most of these designs include links to recommended parts to get your RC car going in no time!
3D printing RC car parts like the body and wheels have been a good way to make unique and custom playthings for a while now. Whether as a gift for a little one or a professional-grade vehicle for the RC enthusiast, we’re going to look at some of the best and coolest 3D printed RC cars and car parts available to download and try today.
Truth be told, if you can wire up a remote-controlled motor to the wheels and have that motor comfortably inside a 3D printed car body, you can turn just about any car design into a 3D printed RC car. But here we’re going to look at templates and files designed specifically for RC cars.
The DeLorean 3D Printed RC Car
When you thought of a 3D printed RC car, chances are the DeLorean of Back to the Future fame crossed your mind.
Some high-quality DeLorean files for 3D printing are available for purchase, but in my travels, I found this free design to be by far the most charming, as well as being fully designed with RC in mind, meaning there’s very little to modify.
Starting as a simple DeLorean template, the designer took it upon themselves to change the design to a 3D printed RC car body, equipped with optional support for light-up linings to really bring the future back to you.
While you’re at it, you can also print these Marty McFly and Doc Brown figurines to go with it! Just remember, where you’re going, you don’t need roads. That being said, we do not recommend driving RC cars on grass.
The Batmobile (1989)
At last, an answer to the age-old question of ‘where does he get those wonderful toys?’
Tim Burton has long been credited as the spark that reignited our culture’s love affair with superheroes. Whether or not you agree with that, his take on Batman in 1989 left audiences in awe, and remains an iconic film to this day.
Given this, it’s not surprising that his unique take on the Batmobile has been adapted into a 3D printed RC car.
Along with the files to download the chassis, the designer provides links to motors, circuitry, and all the other parts you’ll need, as well as clear instructions on how to put it all together.
With a little modification, you could add an orange LED to the back to simulate the vehicle’s famous – and weirdly recognizable – fire exhaust, or customize it with the weapons and extensions shown off in the 1991’s Batman Returns.
If you’re a bigger fan of the dark knight’s other outings, you can find almost any version of the Batmobile available to use as a 3D printed RC car body. That includes the animated series version here, or the classic driven by Adam West here, just to name a couple of my personal favorites.
Brett Turnage 3D Printed RC Racecar Designs
Long-time racing fan Brett Turnage has several designs out there for 3D printed RC Racecars. Here I’ll show two of my favorites from his enthusiastically created designs that you can print at home.
In his own words ‘Whenever I build a car, I have to be inspired by something,’ and if that doesn’t tell you you’re getting quality then I don’t know what will.
Ayrton Senna’s F1 RC Car
There are many, many designs out there for a 3D printed F1 RC car, but for the sake of this list I’ve chosen the one that’s definitely been made with the most love.
Born from an adoration for the late Ayrton Senna, this designer has lovingly and faithfully recreated the vehicle from his 1993 outing in tribute to Senna in the form of a 3D printed RC car. Because of this, the detail in both the model itself and the instructions included in the link here are impressively constructed and easy to follow.
From the body to the various parts needed for this model to work as an RC car, everything you need to know to get this car on the road is included with the free files here. The designer has also included alternatives for pieces in case you either can’t or don’t want to use your own 3D printed RC car parts.
Substitutes for the wheels and stoppers are all available, as well as recommendations for various settings, external tools, and even what kind of adhesives to use for the best results are all included in this labor of love.
1991 Mazda 787B 3D Printed RC Racecar
Turnage states in his design for the 1991 Mazda 787B that he’s dreamed of making this car ever since he started designing 3D printed RC cars, and – like the car above – the love put into the design available here is very clear to see.
This design is a 1:10 scale and once again includes detailed instructions as well as substitutes for 3D printed parts that are ideal for this particular model. Of course, you can’t expect something that looks like the example image without a thorough paint job.
The design wasn’t made solely as a tribute, however, as Brett clearly wants others to get out there and appreciate the allure of the vehicles he loves. Customizations, modifications, and even studying the cars that inspired this design are encouraged.
Both of Brett’s designs are ready to race after building, and make for just about any dream toy or an ideal choice for any enthusiast looking to add an amazingly alluring model to their collection.
3D Printed RC Tractor
True, this isn’t technically a car, but the 3D printed RC tractor is just too cool to overlook. Of course, you may have already printed the now well-known design by Makit here, but they have since released a new updated model which you can find here.
This new model is just as detailed and aesthetically pleasing as the old, and has the added upgrades of better motor support for more torque and improved handling, better tires compatible with more driving surfaces, and more detailed instructions for building and part sourcing.
In addition, you can also find the files for a 3D printed RC dumper attachment found here. This dumper is designed with a motor in mind to make it move separately from the tractor for some very immersive playtime.
The spreadsheets included will tell you what you need to do and how, eliminating any guesswork that will impede your miniature farming dreams.
All-In-One Next Gen 3D Printed RC Car Chassis
If, like me, you’re very indecisive about what to print next, then you’ll find all the 3D printed RC cars out there to be a little overwhelming. Do you want a time-traveling supercar? Batman’s four-wheeled tank of choice? Or do you want something a little simpler?
Well, this designer has you covered. Included in the files found here is the most customizable 3D printed RC car parts on the internet today. With very simple modifications and minimal tools, these parts are compatible with many RC car body types, all of which are shown in the files found here.
A pickup truck, Mustang, and Tesla chassis are among those compatible with these parts. Sourced parts are also linked, so you won’t have to go shopping around in order to print and build your dream car.
The designer also has a Discord server, and is ready to help with instructions, questions, and passwords to access the designs they’ve put up for sale.
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