German student Jan Buerstner has designed and built and awesome 3D printed remote control hovercraft after researching the technology behind the unique hovering vehicle.
Watch the video below to see just how fast the hovercraft can travel as well as see the extra that have been added in the way of lights and LED strips.
Buerstner explained in an interview a little more about its construction and the inspiration behind the build :
I got the idea last year when I read an article about Hovercrafts. From there I studied the topic and wanted to build one for myself. I did not print the base because it would take way too long, and Styrofoam has the advantage that it swims when the engines fail.
I also did not print the bicycle tubes because they have to be flexible and they must be one piece so that no air flows out to the sides. The Hoveraft is lifted by two motors and it has one thrust motor.
The power for the motors comes from three 2800 mAh Lipo batteries. My plans with the Hovercraft are to develop a cheap mobile research station for the arctic. The advantages are that it has no CO2 emissions and you can control it from another place like a drone
If you fancy building your very own remote controlled 3D printed hovercraft jump over to the Thingyverse website where the deigns are available to download for free with full instructions on what is required.
– 3x Motors
– 3x 2800 mAh Lipo batteries
– 1x Servo for the rudders
– R/C controller
– glue for the chassis and the bicycle tubes
– 1x styrofoam base (88 cm x 36 cm)
– 2x Bicycle tubes (28″)