Mini 3D Printed Hovercraft

  • Am Vor 4 years

    Tom StantonTom Stanton

    3D printing isn't just about prototyping, it can also be used to produce unique parts that couldn't be manufactured 'easily' by any other method. As far as I am aware (correct me if I am wrong), the hollow ducts of this hovercraft frame couldn't be manufactured in ONE piece using any other manufacturing technique.

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NightHawkInLight
NightHawkInLight

I tried making an rc hovercraft way back by repurposing cheap rc car parts and a cardboard frame. Not quite powerful enough. Now that I've got a so far unused 3d printer sitting on a shelf I might give this another try. Great video.

Vor 2 years
Seth Keesing
Seth Keesing

use a garbage bag or something dont use starlite filament its to thick

Vor 5 Monate
Adam Carmichael
Adam Carmichael

Using starlite filament? :D

Vor 2 years
Sohan Sunku
Sohan Sunku

Your design is so perfect! Everything just fits and it makes me so happy. Can you do a video in the future where you show us your workflow when designing something like this?

Vor 4 years
SecondLifeDesigner
SecondLifeDesigner

You could make a 3 rudder design where the middle rudder pivots and the outer two rudders are simply attached to the middle rudder and set backwards a bit making a diamond formation which will allow full range of rotation your original single rudder has.

Vor 4 years
Simple Electronics
Simple Electronics

Probably nothing you haven't heard before - amazing design, great print, great idea and amazing execution - 10/10 - simply awesome!

Vor 3 years
Jrotor
Jrotor

Your projects never disappoint. Love the research you put in and explain to us. Nice job Tom!

Vor 4 years
Void X RC
Void X RC

Great job Tom, every time I watch one of your videos It makes me want to improve upon my own rc projects just that much more! Very nice build.

Vor 4 years
Project Alfa
Project Alfa

Just made mine. Love it. I found a 70mm EDF on Thingyverse which i scaled to 7mm on the Z and 75mm on X and Y. Works great! Cheers Tom. Great design!

Vor 9 Monate
Daniel Hubert
Daniel Hubert

Super impressive Tom. Love how you go through the troubleshooting throughout the video and you also take the time to add some graphics (turbulence, air vectors, etc)... keep it up!

Vor 4 years
AeroCraft
AeroCraft

That servo and motor mount using one bolt is a truly beautiful thing! An engenius design! I love it!

Vor 4 years
ZeroFlame
ZeroFlame

This is legit, I'm super impressed with how well it worked on the first go around. Also was really glad to see it all in a single video, I like the multi part videos as well, but sometimes they feel cut a little too short :) Excellent work on this!

Vor 4 years
FullTiltOn
FullTiltOn

Dual rudder for sure- Your hovercraft is working perfectly if it is hard to control (that was an interesting rudder hack and yes throttle=steering)! As a long time hovercraft enthusiast it takes practice and some nerve to pilot and even with many years experience things can get dicey ;)

Vor 4 years
winindows dows
winindows dows

@Seth Keesing Actually read the comment

Vor 5 Monate
MobiusHorizons
MobiusHorizons

I love the detailed explanations of your design features and decisions. You really do an excellent job. I wish I could like it more than once!!

Vor 4 years
David Haldane
David Haldane

Your videos are great! Soft Urethane/Silicone tooling or investment casting would be alternate methods of producing this part as a monolithic piece. Arguably you could use fiberglass/carbon composites as well, but that's not quite the spirit of the challenge. Your modified rudder is brilliant! Y'know what'd be cool? Another servo controlling the intake.

Vor 4 years
DCB
DCB

I watch many RC plane channels and multi rotor channels and yours is right at the top of my list. You and FliteTest are the best. Keep up the great work you are doing.

Vor 4 years
_Cat
_Cat

Peter siprol too

Vor 2 years
wendtb
wendtb

I hope you have PeterSripol on your list also.

Vor 4 years
Dood XV
Dood XV

TissuePaper the Swedish guy? yeah I miss him

Vor 4 years
TissuePaper
TissuePaper

David Bischof Flite Test dropped significantly on my list when they lost the European. I really enjoyed his stuff

Vor 4 years
1wsx10
1wsx10

for extensive tail rudder testing, you might want to make a removable base for the rudder. then, when you want to introduce pivot points or whatever, you simply print a new rudder base instead of the whole chasis

Vor 4 years
Ekkie
Ekkie

That's some impressive engineering on the chassis, good job man! Especially with how simple assembly is!

Vor 3 Monate
Mike turner
Mike turner

Very good, Tom! Your modified rudder WAS a big improvement! Dual rudders would be great but that's a major alteration so I think you did a very good job. Having a 3d printer definitely helps too!! Thanks man!

Vor 3 years
Cerebral Dad
Cerebral Dad

This is an absolute brilliant design! Thanks for sharing!

Vor 4 years
Blair Nichols
Blair Nichols

yet another great project, well documented, explained and really good to watch! Looking at the printing section I can suggest a couple changes to improve your print and reduce stringing, I also have a few CR10s: give it a coast distance of about 0.10 - 0.20 - depending on temp. increase retraction speed.

Vor 4 years
Theodor Nitu
Theodor Nitu

I love how you approach everything as an engineer! Congrats! Keep it up!

Vor 4 years
PropDuster
PropDuster

This is awesome! Really great design! What about adding a flap to redirect more airflow either to the bag or to use as forward thrust? You could tie that servo to the throttle channel

Vor 4 years
DIY et FPV
DIY et FPV

Great design, always amazed by you work, Keep up the great videos :)

Vor 4 years
RVJimD
RVJimD

Nice little project, looks to work great! Are your design files for something like this public? (Probably stated in the description, thanks again!)

Vor 4 years
remotaholic
remotaholic

The quality of your content is far above a lot of 3d printing/rc/experimental channels I see. Keep it up!

Vor 4 years
MrChrisKnowlton
MrChrisKnowlton

Another well thought out design. I always enjoy your work.  Thanks for sharing.

Vor 4 years
John Sammons
John Sammons

Neat build! It looks like it goes pretty well. Thanks for sharing!

Vor 4 years
Wayno Complaino
Wayno Complaino

Awesome work, nicely designed!

Vor 4 years
Carbide
Carbide

Very impressive Sir. I was wowed at how you thought of mounting the servo and turbine together.

Vor 4 years
jayrothwell
jayrothwell

Oh, very nice! Looking forward to trying this one out! Thanks Tom!

Vor 4 years
W.P. Ginfo
W.P. Ginfo

Clever design! Nice iterations & great result!

Vor 4 years
jihef trop cool
jihef trop cool

Great job !! I'm amazed how you got the steering authority problem solved ! I think there can be room for improvement by implementing rudder by wire. Can a gyro sensing yaw rate can be used to drive the rudder by a closed loop with yaw rate as primary input ?

Vor 3 years
Phil Kent
Phil Kent

That's really cool. I wonder if speed and manoeuvring could be improved by making the big rudder hollow so air flows thru it; and mounting it the other way around.

Vor 2 years
Bernie G
Bernie G

Absolutely brilliant!!

Vor 4 years
RotorScout
RotorScout

Wow, that's some nice engineering done there. Love it

Vor year
Daniel Wood
Daniel Wood

This is your best video yet. Some really nice design features. I especially like how the fan and servo mount on a single bolt.

Vor 4 years
Sovereign Knight
Sovereign Knight

Nice first attempt. Can't wait to see version #2. Hopefully it will have the dual rudder design.

Vor 4 years
Flying Ford Tech
Flying Ford Tech

Nice design. It worked sooo good. Id love to build one.

Vor 4 years
David D
David D

Tom, what filament did you using for this? I like it all! Thanks again for sharing!

Vor year
MC's Creations
MC's Creations

That's awesome, dude! Really, really nice work and design! 😀

Vor 4 years
SUV RVing
SUV RVing

Looks great! I hope you try version 2 over water :)

Vor 4 years
David Oliphant
David Oliphant

This is a realy great build. Im as impressed by the simplicity as much as its strangeness. The whole thing runs on a single motor and a servo. Toy companies would kill for such a cheep build.

Vor 4 years
Aarons14bugs
Aarons14bugs

Awesome video, design and build! I was thinking maybe you could create a reversible design by creating another duct on the front side of the propeller? Also using reversible esc.

Vor 6 Monate
Hubert Ott
Hubert Ott

Love your design... I am amazed your designs are so well put together on the first print! Such an elegant single motor design! Here is a recent design which Andy Shen put together and I whipped up from Thingiverse files. Requires an FC and some TX curves but its an absolute hoot to drive, steering response is immediate! http://www.shendrones.com/hovercraft

Vor 3 years
Iqbal Samin Prithul
Iqbal Samin Prithul

Wow! How do you design things SO NICELY!!! GREAT JOB

Vor 4 years
3point1
3point1

Very nice. I've ordered a 3d printer so binge watching a lot of videos to get ideas and I love this. At first I'm going to build wired control things like cranes and maybe a digger but I'll get onto RC items at some point

Vor 3 years
Moira O'Brien
Moira O'Brien

I do so enjoy your videos and the explanations you give for the various decisions you make. Keep up the great work.

Vor 4 years
zola tanaffa
zola tanaffa

well done Tom! instead of duplicating the rudder you could triple it: keep the servo in place. create two vertical axles for therudders, equidistant from the servo (on the right and left of the servo) and connect the two rudders to the central rudder bracket and you're done. If you do not want to have three rudders you can remove the central one keeping, off course the servo's bracket

Vor 4 years
Observer
Observer

Tom, each time i see you've uploaded a new video - i drop everything and watch it. you are a brilliant guy and I thank you for sharing. i am not only learning a lot from you, but i do this with a smile as well. keep up the good work. waiting for your next video s to come.

Vor 4 years
Valentin Bersier
Valentin Bersier

Yay for design without supports! I find the challenge of designing for 3d printing absolutely amazing.

Vor 4 years
Malcolm Den
Malcolm Den

I remember having one of those when I was a kid, it had two fans from memory, one was the main power and the other was mounted on the top for the curtain.

Vor 4 years
hypercube33
hypercube33

Awesome engineering and design. Two things that bug me - it cant hold position and if you use it on water it'll probably not last / get wet - I had a toy that was super complex but if the battery died it'd float and the electronics were on the topish. Neat!

Vor 2 years
Paul Colclough
Paul Colclough

This is amazing. I may even buy a 3d printer to build my own. Great video.. Thanks.

Vor year
Riley Walker
Riley Walker

Very cool video! I would love to make one myself

Vor 3 years
Muirigen
Muirigen

Hey Tom, I have a question. A group of friends and I are building a hovercraft, and we went with a design similar to yours. We've be having problems with getting enough airflow to the skirt, and was wondering how you got air to flow both into the skirt and use air as propulsion.

Vor 3 years
...abc...
...abc...

Very nice! Impressive problem solving

Vor 4 years
MantisRay861
MantisRay861

Awesome design! Can't wait to see what's next.

Vor 3 years
TheSlumpen
TheSlumpen

Absolutely brilliant and very nicely constructed!

Vor 4 years
Andrew H
Andrew H

Nice one Tom, always enjoyable to watch

Vor 4 years
Richard McDonnell
Richard McDonnell

Hey, was just thinking why not tripple aerofoils on the rear, you could keep the servo in it's current position, and link the outer foils...just a thought! Great video, enjoy your channel!

Vor 4 years
TissuePaper
TissuePaper

Richard McDonnell Double rudders would be pretty easy, just need to drill two holes for pivots, and use the servo horns to connect linkages

Vor 4 years
Christopher Negrete
Christopher Negrete

Fantastic work!

Vor 4 years
Pratik P
Pratik P

Great Build fun to watch. The wedge will reduce straight line speed what about using a air foil design for the rudder and the induced lift to make it turn

Vor 3 years
Norman Mendonca
Norman Mendonca

Nice work mate, i like the second rudder. It improves syerring abiliry. I have one with 3 lever rudder set up and its harder to control than your 2nd rudder. Keep up the research, its very interesting. Thanks.

Vor 3 years
Douglas Roberts
Douglas Roberts

Tom, one of my favorite projects so far.

Vor 4 years
Alex Jonk
Alex Jonk

Awesome build Tom. Even I should be able to build this. Perhaps you can provide a part list of the stuff you use like servo props , motors those kind of things

Vor 4 years
JoshBuilds
JoshBuilds

Damn, i like it

Vor 3 years
Rick Roll
Rick Roll

Nice, 69 likes.

Vor 6 Monate
Mark675
Mark675

Excellent! Make the fan housing vector and add a gyro :)

Vor 4 years
darkkevind
darkkevind

Tom, this is amazing! Well done mate!

Vor 4 years
Tony Wright
Tony Wright

darkkevind neat but not really amazing is it

Vor year
Pronto
Pronto

The tilt to port (12:30) is compounded by engine torque. Also, at 15:45 you need to consider rudder stall.

Vor 2 years
nick anagnostopoulos
nick anagnostopoulos

wish you had explained us the physics behind hovercrafts!!! BTW loved it!

Vor 4 years
Boss Hogg
Boss Hogg

Your videos are so well made. Your explanation is not only informative but preemptively assumes all arguments.

Vor 2 years
Daniel Skoog
Daniel Skoog

Awesome build!

Vor 4 years
Yah
Yah

Nice job Tom, congrats !

Vor 4 years
Markus Havers
Markus Havers

You can also make your first type of ruder wider (but keep the turning point) so it will cover more of the vent.

Vor 3 years
Keith Brown
Keith Brown

Very well done I love your stuff you’re an interesting young man

Vor year
agepbiz
agepbiz

Cool project. I liked how you designed the cable paths

Vor 4 years
Chris M
Chris M

Great job as usual Tom

Vor 4 years
Nils Lux
Nils Lux

Very cool project. Now I want to build my own Hovercraft. 👍👍

Vor 2 years
Ali Bro
Ali Bro

Nice design Tom and as always brilliant attention to detail. Two things tho Would the original rudder have worked better if the mounting hole was further forward rather than the middle? You need to dump the cable ties and get out the hot glue gun for cable management. ;-)

Vor 3 years
Silas Marner
Silas Marner

Well done, Sir Tom!

Vor 4 years
Benoît Maillet
Benoît Maillet

This is great ! but it bother me that when you throttle up the hovercraft bank on the side. why don't you angle the structure that hold the motor in the same way you did on the paraglider project ? (contra-rotating fins) I'm curious to see if that help... also, does it work on water?

Vor 4 years
Ian Cresswell
Ian Cresswell

Nice work Tom, you should put a single axis gyro on board to help smooth out the steering.

Vor 4 years
Ben Tv Howman
Ben Tv Howman

You just solved my skirt problem. It's been doing my head in on my homemade foam hovercraft. I love your design. Mine has a foam box at the bottom of the propeller (not ducted) and ported evenly and 2 cells are more than enough. My mates 4 cell li po broke the moter mount but it works not quite as well as your design and now I'm rambling lol

Vor 3 years
Alexis Lechevalier
Alexis Lechevalier

Neat design. Great way to clean the floor. Thanks for the video and the cat tax. ^^

Vor 4 years
Roger Dickinson
Roger Dickinson

Wow, that was awesome. I'm curious how it would do if you waterproofed it and run it over water.

Vor 4 years
Andrew Meigs
Andrew Meigs

Awesome. Very well thought out.

Vor 4 years
Old, bald fat man
Old, bald fat man

Dec. 14, 2018---Thank you for a very interesting and useful video. Getting back into modeling, but once I saw zombie/apocalypse dioramas, I was hooked. Not going back to aircraft/armor for a long time. Been looking at 3D printers for about 5 years and they simply didn't produce the quality I wanted, but then found out about the Anycubic Proton resin printer and that's what I'm going to buy next year, asap. Meaning coming out of retirement for a few months and going back to driving truck for a few months just to make sure I got enough to support my new habit. As for my dioramas, found out there's a lot of stuff not available as kits or as resin aftermarket stuff. A couple of furniture kits either plastic or resin, but they seem stuck in the 1930's to 1950's time frame. How about carousel rides? The kind with the long arms and buckets for people to sit in? Which brings me to hovercraft....think there's only 2 available as kits & resin aftermarket and both are 1/72nd scale. But now, there's no doubt I can make several different sizes whether for 1 to 4 man machines. Saw a video earlier this year where a guy made a 1/35th scale locomotive which is used to move freight cars in some switching yard. It was done in sections of course, but looks outstanding. So why not a full size military hovercraft, along with the smaller ones I want? And why not swamp and john boats too?With the thousands of free printing and CAD programs, think the only limitation is your own imagination.

Vor 3 years
Wave
Wave

Wow! This is fantastic!

Vor 4 years
Robert Byrd
Robert Byrd

There are few things more satisfying to watch than a bin bag skirt hovercraft rise up from the ground the first time you tried it out. I even clapped a little bit I think :) Well done mate!

Vor 3 years
Martin H
Martin H

Having watched this, I am seriously wondering if it is possible to make a quad/sextcopter drone using only 3D printing, something with enough up-force to lift a camera. What would be the cost of that?

Vor 3 years
intheshitter
intheshitter

I've always found the dual motor hovercrafts easier to control.

Vor 3 years
Philip Byrnes
Philip Byrnes

Exceptionally well done mate. A very creditable job of design, construction and the problem solving was done exquisitely. Very, very impressed, thank you for sharing, 11x👍🏻👏

Vor 3 years
Bami G
Bami G

I really like your red and blue color scheme for 3d printing, keep up the cool stuff man

Vor 4 years
DIMMON3991
DIMMON3991

Awesome job!

Vor 3 years
harryzero 156
harryzero 156

If the red skirt had inner parallel lines with the outside lines, you might be able to use a continuous length of cycle inner tube to make the skirt. The down draught concentrating the thrust around the edges of the craft.

Vor year
Luis G
Luis G

First video I see from U . Very smart and realistic the way you analyze the problems. I did a hovercrafts and most of the issues I had you mention then and fixed them properly. Very clever. I mean I've seen aerospace engineers attacking the problems like amateurs. Pretty good video

Vor 2 years
Harry Gregory
Harry Gregory

i would love to see this applied to an atv frame

Vor year
Robert Killian-Dawson
Robert Killian-Dawson

this is so cool!! keep up the good work

Vor 4 years
Quentin Courtonne
Quentin Courtonne

awesome design love it would be awesome with the 3d swamp boat that i have done

Vor 4 years
BRS RC
BRS RC

Awesome! I love the rudder Innovation that worked out well

Vor 4 years
Ken Povall
Ken Povall

Great video. Would it be possible to use a Becker flap rudder ? This would give you the same turn control as your wedge rudder but not hinder speed when going straight.

Vor 4 years

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