Recently, one from Germany the students Jan Buerstner brings a 3D printing work belong to this category. This is a remote control amphibious hovercraft, land can run on water, from what we’ve seen is not the same.
“I was last year when I read an article about the hovercraft article has this in mind. From then on, I began to study all the technical information on hovercraft, hoping to build a hovercraft. “Buerstner said.
Buerstner has recently been completed for this third iteration of 3D printing hovercraft design, is now the fourth iteration. 3D printing network in China to know, in the previous two iterations, Buerstner addresses some important issues, such as it cannot support its own weight, are very difficult to control. Buerstner but even this latest design is still not at all satisfied, because even the smallest stone can damage propellers on a hovercraft. But from the video and see the latest design seemed to work pretty well.
Buerstner now have been shared on the network for this hovercraft 3D print the most recent design document (click here to download free design of STL files). He is using Autodesk Inventor 2013 designed 3D model and then used his MakerBot Replicator 3D printer to print out, took 3-4 days to complete the entire process. Although most of the parts of the hovercraft is 3D printing, but there are some parts Buerstner does not print.
“I did not print its chassis, because it would take too much time, and the use of foam plastic have an advantage, when in water sports, for example, if an engine fails it will not sink. “Buerstner says,“ I didn’t print the hovercraft skirt, but with bicycle inner tubes in place, because they have to be soft and must be integrated to avoid air outflow from the side. ”
The bicycle inner tube was glued to the chassis below, one is to prevent small rocks being sucked into the propeller. It seems to solve the problem in the latest version of the hovercraft, he also insists on using this method.
“The hovercraft on two engines to provide lift, and a small engine to provide thrust. “Buerstner explained that“ the energy of the engine from three 2800mAh Li-ion battery. I plan on a hovercraft which can be developed on the basis of using cheap mobile stations for scientific research in the Arctic. Its advantage is that no carbon dioxide emissions, and unmanned, control it from another place. ”
Buerstner hovercraft can easily hover on land and water, it can carry up to 500 g of payload. Based on the current configuration, which can run for 8-9 minutes at a time.