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Impeller Boat RC - spiral vase printable

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3D model description

It can be printed in two parts: 162,5 mm (aft) and 163,5 mm (bow) height.
Additional it has now a impeller drive and rudder control.

But as you can see on the video, the boat is pretty overloaded with it. Only a little mistake is enough to turn it upside. So I had to go back to the little dc motor which makes it much more relaxing ;-)
I used only a 2 cell battery because the impeller with only 2 mm hole was not printet exactly concentric. With higher speed it touches the housing. However, the impeller M5 runs perfectly even with the Roxxy BL-Outrunner.
For testing it I just bonded the two parts with tape ;-)

You will use it at your own risk!
Be aware that there will accrue unexpected high centifugal force if you run the impeller with high speed!!
If the blades have not a strong connection to the hub, the blades can pull out and become dangerous.
So be careful if you use a strong and high speed running motor like the Roxxy Outrunner that I used!
Here you can calculate the centrifugal force:
And better choose flat water without waves and where you can go in - in worst case... ;-)

3D printing settings

MHarvey82 asked me to split the hull in three pieces.
So I made an alternate design and uploaded the files:
impeller boat bow 119 mm.stl
impeller boat middle 103 mm.stl
impeller boat aft 103 mm.stl
impeller boat interface front.stl
impeller boat interface back.stl
The bow is now 119 mm and the other two pieces are each 103 mm high to print. And of course there are two new interfaces.

The best is, if you print it with spiral vase methode. Then you will get a neat surface without any noses from layer change.

The hull is 3.0 mm thick.
I printed with layer hight: 0.3 mm and width: 0.6 mm.
Anyway, you have to print it hollow with one perimeter otherwise it will not fit inside the interface part to connect the bow to the aft.
I added a small base on aft to get more brim. I printed without heatbed and used 6 mm brim.
And yes, be very careful, if you reach the nose.
Reduce the temperature and speed by and by in small steps.

Printing the Aft
The stern is 1.2 mm thick. That means you must take four 0.3 mm solid layers on bottom to get a complete solid stern.
The top (the connection to the bow) shall not have solid layers to stay hollow.
Slice3r don't add solid layers on top, how many ever you enter. But I don't know how other slicers work.

Printing the bow
Here you shall not have solid layers, just a little brim.

The interfaces are supposed to put them fifty-fifty in the gap of each hull part. In this way the the hull parts are aligned and easy to glue.
Before gluing you should mask the edges of the hulls with tape to keep them clean from glue.

Layer height: 0.3 mm, width: 0.5 mm, infill: 0.2, 2 perimeter, 3 solid layer on bottom and top

Impeller housing
Layer height: 0.3 mm, width: 0.5 mm, infill: 0.2, 2 perimeter, 2 solid layer on bottom and top

The small drive I used is a dc motor that tolerates even a 4 cells battery.
It has a diameter of 24 mm and a shaft of 2 mm.

3D printer file information

  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printable17785bf9995b0917ea9c02b535b4ae1d-impeller_boat_complete.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printable526ef5dfa2532ca287cacc387ba5060b-impeller_boat_aft.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printable5fcfd709cbd9d23e4acd5771cd79a152-impeller_boat_interface_back.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printable63c02987aebdc698c7b6c56f088ce019-impeller_boat_bow_.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printable6ea9b30503d13af1c1bc86e9868988bb-impeller_boat_aft_103_mm.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printable8b1078cc7e9ba8c7de08e0b835097799-impeller_2mm_8_blade.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printable8ec6319cdb1c6f6acd78aae135dbd182-Impelle_M5_9_blade.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printable9efeebc5f31ecd5b5dccc5e0633c66d9-impeller_Roxxy_motor_complete.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printablea2bdd254960892332c1abb7d20994b17-impeller_boat_interface_front.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printablebb006b33ae95a573b860f06072b29104-impeller__housing.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printablec5b4f3468a617145a4ec270e821ac260-impeller_dc_motor_complete.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printablee136bdf9706ec344e29c557d82fdf3b0-impeller_boat_interface.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printablef72062222741fb6e03310fb649fe161a-impeller_boat_bow_119_mm.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printablef8cc6a828efcc5781680960505b1cefa-impeller_boat_middle_103_mm.stl
    • Impeller_Boat_RC_-_spiral_vase_printablef9cb692ac5e0050be159c44b8a94199e-adapter_dc_motor_imp.stl

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  • Last update: 2018-06-27 at 11:17
  • Publication date: 2015-08-18 at 13:42





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