3D Printing

3DRacers lets you design, tune and race 3D-printed cars

3DRacers lets you design, tune...
3DRacers is a car racing game for which the cars are 3D printed and controlled via smartphone
3DRacers is a car racing game for which the cars are 3D printed and controlled via smartphone
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3DRacers is a car racing game for which the cars are 3D printed and controlled via smartphone
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3DRacers is a car racing game for which the cars are 3D printed and controlled via smartphone
3DRacers cars can be designed using an online tool
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3DRacers cars can be designed using an online tool
It's also possible to design completely new 3DRacers cars using an open-source template
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It's also possible to design completely new 3DRacers cars using an open-source template
A 3DRacers car being 3D printed
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A 3DRacers car being 3D printed
The circuit boards in 3DRacers car are Arduino-compatible
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The circuit boards in 3DRacers car are Arduino-compatible
It's possible to play 3DRacers with up to 1,000 people
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It's possible to play 3DRacers with up to 1,000 people
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A new car racing game is bridging the real and the digital worlds. 3DRacers makes use of 3D printing, Arduino-based electronics and smartphone control. Users can design their own cars, 3D print them at home or via 3D Hubs, customize their performance and control them via a mobile app.

3DRacers are basically just Bluetooth-controlled cars. Users can design the main portion of their car using an online tool offering over 100,000 design variations or they can create completely new types of cars using an open-source template, along with the circuit board and components provided.

Once a user has designed their car, they can either download the .STL file and print it off using a home 3D printer or they can send it to one of the 3D Hubs network 3D printing locations, where they can collect it at a later date.

The cars feature an open source Arduino-based circuit board, the schematics of which are planned for release, and that can be programmed via a USB link. The board can can control up to two motors and three servomechanisms. It has an embedded LED, an infra-red receiver/transmitter, a battery charger and a custom-made gate/position detector. It is designed to be small and efficient in its power use.

It's possible to play 3DRacers with up to 1,000 people
It's possible to play 3DRacers with up to 1,000 people

Users can control the cars with either a mobile app for iOS and Android or a separate controller that can also be 3D printed in part. Up to 1,000 individuals can apparently play together at once, although the logistics of that may be problematic. The car batteries are said to last for 30 minutes on a full charge.

Players can compete in "sim" mode that is a standard racing simulation with warm-ups, pit-stops, fuel consumption and tire-wear. Alternatively, there is a "battle" mode in which players must inflict virtual damage on each other and which features power-ups and weapons. It is possible to use the cars on surfaces such as carpets or to use an official mat that can be augmented with 3D-printed or paper elements.

An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is underway for 3DRacers. At the time of writing, individuals can pledge from US$49 for a barebones kit with home printing or from $65 for the same kit but with 3D Hubs printing.

The video below is the Indiegogo pitch for 3DRacers.

Source: 3DRacers, Indiegogo

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3 comments
owlbeyou
As a ex slot car car racer/enthusiast, I can understand the loads of fun that can be had with model racing, but why are these 3D cars so ordinary looking? Surely they can be made more streamlined and eye-catching? There should be performance options (wheels, motors, battery voltages, etc.) as well as banked turns and other track options to make the set up a constant evolution of improvement and fun.
And I doubt that a smart phone can be as effective as a proprietary speed controller, but since everyone has a phone, it would be more tempting to create a setup.
3DRacers
Hi owlbeyou!
One of the good parts of 3D Printing, is that you can choose a design that you like! The cars shown are prototypes, but on our editor(http://www.3dracers.com/editor), there are already some other bodies, that will be converted to the electronic version after the Indiegogo campaign ends. All the specifics to create new bodies for 3DRacers will be available as open source, so the community will create many new designs!
As for the performances, the electronics will be released as open source and the board is already programmable to create new types of vehicles(there is a tank with movable turret on the way!). So, you are completely free to hack and change everything!
On the smartphone app' side instead, is already available on Indiegogo a 3D Printed remote control(who actually act as a battery charger too, for unlimited playtime) for people like you who want more control over the car.
Hope to have cleared some questions!
Davide Marcoccio Lead Developer @ 3DRacers
Ranscapture
Thank you Davide for commenting. What I love about Gizmag is that people in their professions actually do comment on theirs or articles of which they are knowledgeable about. This is the only site I know that is like this. Cheers to you and great work.