Date:28 August 2017
The giant Lego go-kart pieces took 168 hours to print.
By Sophie Weiner
This Lego go-kart is a massively scaled up model of a classic ’80s toy, the Technic Go-Kart. Matt Denton wanted to build a go kart big enough for his nephew, but to 3D print the Lego for something that size would have taken forever. The larger pieces would also not fit in his Lulzbot Taz5 printer. So instead, he settled on a go kart big enough for a toddler. Or maybe a small dog. By Lego standards, it’s huge – five times the size of the original kart.
It took Denton 168 hours to print out all 98 parts, some of which had to be patched together from smaller pieces. The result works like real Lego, with parts that fit together without adhesive. The pinion steering is functional, as are the Ninjaflex wheels. A two part video shows Denton piecing together the kart, like a regular Lego set. The only thing missing is a real engine.
Watch part 1 of the 3D-printed Lego go-kart above, and part 2 below.
Source: Matt Denton
From: PM USA