Tesla Roadster RC 3D print model

This is another model I thought would take a few weeks, but ended up taking a year. I originally intended it to be a desk ornament that slowly turns, but after much thinking and redesigning, it became this 1/12 scale Tesla Roadster replica RC car that's easy to build. I hope Elon doesn't mind, but I tweaked her body ever so slightly to make her more curvy.

Here are her features:

  • operational doors, trunk, lights and steering wheel.
  • Easy clip together construction.
  • Designed for FDM printing, so no supports are needed.
  • Only basic edge cleanup is needed for assembly.
  • Starman mini figurine with poseable arms and head.
  • Tyre making mould (to use with the silicone, cornstarch and water recipe).
  • SImple two speed high/low gear system.

I provide her in individual parts as well as grouped and in obj, stl, fbx, and the original 3Ds Max file and Gcodes I used. I recommend using your own slicing software, because my settings were for a 'fast as possible' print. Much better results can be achieved with finer layer height. I set most big parts to 0.15mm layer height.

I hope you choose to support further designs by purchasing this car and I offer my deepest thanks! Cheers!

  • llowboydrvr
    2019-08-28 22:43
    I just purchased this, it ilooks sweet, but I don't see any dimensions listed for the battery. Can you share which battery you used?
    • antsinafricaantsinafrica
      2019-08-28 23:26
      Hi, Thanks for choosing this model! And good point on the battery! I'm a little nervous suggesting the correct hardware because I know so little. However, I used an old KAN Ni - MH 7.2V 6AAA 650mAh battery pack. It went flat pretty quickly, but it is over 9 years old and there is space for two. A 12 V pack that's 31mm Wide X 42mm long X 47mm High would be best. I have been concerned with a design that involves motors and electronics, so if you have any suggestions or queries, please let me know and I will jump on it. Design ideas are welcome!
      • llowboydrvr
        2019-08-30 21:29
        Thanks for the information. I've started printing today. Plan on trying to mold my tires tomorrow (that should be interesting).
        • antsinafricaantsinafrica
          2019-09-05 12:13
          Cool! I hope it goes well! It worked quite well for me. The first tire I made was a disaster! It set too fast because I used too much water (10 drops is fine) and i got it all over my gloves. Trick is, have lots of paper towels, and fold in the cornstarch by always keeping it covered. Cover your hands with cornstarch too For stiffer tires, use more cornstarch. Alternatively print the tires in ninja flex if you can? I can't unfortunately.
          • llowboydrvr
            2019-09-05 21:40
            My attempt at molding a tire was also a disaster. I used the wrong silicone (I had bought some used to make engine gaskets because it was already black and that was before I knew it was supposed to be 100% silicone. I tried it anyway, corn starch everywhere, it was all crumbling, totally useless. I then saw you included stl of the tires, so I printed them using red TPU and they came out well (except for the lettering on the tire) and then painted them with a flat black primer. Not sure how much grip they will have but we will see. I also have had some difficulty locating a Lipo battery that will fit the car, but I think I have found one (I just ordered it from AliExpress), so I guess I will also see how that turns out. In the mean time, I will continue with printing/assembling the other bits of the car!
            • antsinafricaantsinafrica
              2019-09-07 11:48
              Sorry, I replied a day ago, but it didn't post? Yikes! I should really make a comprehensive guide on how to make the stuff that goes in the tyre mould! It works well when you learn the technique, but when you get it wrong, it gets everywhere! I feel your pain, sorry about that! I actually use silicone rubber on the front for grip and PLA on the rear for great drifting fun. My aim is to make it as universal as possible, so your input is greatly appreciated!
              • llowboydrvr
                2019-09-07 11:52
                I did watch several videos about making moulds, tires etc. but I couldn't find one that matched what you described. No worries, if the tires I printed don't work, I always have options. I am still interested in trying to mould my own tires. so one day when I have time, I might try again.
                • antsinafricaantsinafrica
                  2019-09-07 12:41
                  If you try again, try find grant Thompson's (King of random) video on making Silicone moulds on YouTube. That's where I got the idea from. My Apollo mould model has a vid that shows how I used to make it, but I've refined it since. Now I waste none, and I can make a tire in 10-15 mins.
      • ffercho-ba
        2020-04-20 22:42
        • arturodiarturodi
          2020-06-22 19:25
          great work!
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          • Autodesk 3ds Max 201 (.max)39 MBVersion: 201Renderer: Mental Ray 2011
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          • OBJ (.obj, .mtl) (2 files)-Version: 2011Version: 2011
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          • Publish date2019-08-27
          • Model ID#2076411