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Electric locomotive for Ikea Lillabo/Brio train (USB rechargeable) — v2.0

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Edit: I wrote an Instructable about how to build this.

This is the second iteration of a locomotive inspired by MilanGajic's work. I wanted it to be as compact as possible (to fit in the Lillabo tunnel) while looking like a (kid's idea of a) locomotive (and in particular having a nice cow plow at the front end!).

The switch is the funnel. Turn it right once to turn the light on, twice to turn the light + motor on.

You should print the base, engine, cabin, chimney part once, and the front_wheel, spacer and rear_wheel_groove part twice. (The rear_wheel part is an alternative that has small teeth instead of the groove for the rubber band).

With two rubber bands as tires, the rear wheel has enough traction to easily pull several Lillabo cars, or even climb the bridge. Use loco-rear_wheel_groove.stl to put a tire; use loco-rear_wheel.stl for the older version, which has less traction.

The front wheels are “wobbly” on their axle: this is on purpose, to help the locomotive stay on the track during the curves. Assembling this part is done by screwing the spacer part on the M3 bolts, then assembling the wheel on the spacer, and finally attaching this to the base.

Extra parts needed:
- small rotary switch; I used a 2 pole, 3 positions switch (but should have ordered the 2 poles, 4 positions version instead: by soldering just one extra resistor this would have allowed a slow and a fast speed on the motor!).

The LED is wired in series with the resistor (see photo) and this is wired in parallel with the motor. Photos of the rotary switch are included to show some of the wiring.

The positive pole of the motor should be the upper one (this applies independently of the position of the motor: if you rotate it by 180° around the locomotive axis, the “upper/lower” poles are switched, but the rotation of the motor is also reversed).

The wheels and spacer parts should be printed twice.

  • 3D file format: SCAD and STL
  • Publication date: 2020/02/05 at 08:31



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