Arduino Book Case (Tank Tracks Mod)

by jasonwelsh, published

Arduino Book Case (Tank Tracks Mod) by jasonwelsh Dec 11, 2012
0 Share
Download All Files

Thing Apps Enabled

Order This Printed View All Apps



Liked By

View All

Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag.

Print Thing Tag

Thing Statistics

14138Views 1561Downloads Found in Robotics


Imagine taking a case, programing your Arduino for awhile with bits of code. Saying to yourself one day "I want to play with servos" Take your case print out the tank tread mod and away you go. That is the goal for my project. Easy upgrades... constant change without regrets. So when a pair of tank treads show up on thingiverse I was on that with a passion.

These treads are a great design... They needed to be upgraded a little to fit my design but nothing that could not be modeled in blender.

Wheels now have 2mm holes for the servo wheel plate to connect to the wheels.

Servos are screwed down, no more rubber band.

idler is still a good idea.

Lost the Scad because well the only thing that might change is the servo size but I tried to use a very common standard size in the build. Links are provided in the instructions to everything you need for this mod.


First Print http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:36897 and assemble

Then aquire the following hardware.

4 2mmx20mm
4 3mmx25mm
12 3mmx12mm
4 #6 washers
12 m3 nuts
1 21 mm servo wheel (comes with servo)
2 https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9347?

When printing the tank tread you should follow the directions located here.

More from Robotics

view more

All Apps

3D Print your file with 3D Hubs, the world’s largest online marketplace for 3D printing services.

App Info Launch App

Auto-magically prepare your 3D models for 3D printing. A cloud based 3D models Preparing and Healing solution for 3D Printing, MakePrintable provides features for model repairing, wall thickness...

App Info Launch App

Kiri:Moto is an integrated cloud-based slicer and tool-path generator for 3D Printing, CAM / CNC and Laser cutting. *** 3D printing mode provides model slicing and GCode output using built-in...

App Info Launch App
KiriMoto Thing App

With 3D Slash, you can edit 3d models like a stonecutter. A unique interface: as fun as a building game! The perfect tool for non-designers and children to create in 3D.

App Info Launch App

Print through a distributed network of 3D printing enthusiasts from across the US, at a fraction of the cost of the competitors. We want to change the world for the better through technology, an...

App Info Launch App

Quickly Scale, Mirror or Cut your 3D Models

App Info Launch App

3D Print a wide range of designs with Treatstock. Easy to use tools to get the perfect result. The global 3D printing network that connects you with high-quality and fast working print services nea...

App Info Launch App

These tracks are great for lighter applications but while testing I broke quite a lot of them.

Now I use these http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:39253http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

Universal Servo Driven Tank Tracks

I'll need to redesign the tracks a bit, after playing with this today I have had 2 flat tires. I think its the weight of it that is breaking the bands.

Found a cool trick!

Silicone sealant + tank treads = traction on smooth surfaces!

Images added for your amusement.


Can anybody guide me as to how to print the treads using MakerWare & the Replicator 2?

I try with 0 infill (the only relevant option I can find) but it still prints the bottom solid...

(I've been trying to use replicatorG but all I get is a hot mess - again I don't see a top/bottom off option, if anybody has advice on how to build using rG with the Replicator2, that would also be excellent!)

I've read everything I can find on this...

Type your comment here

open this file you'll find a ton of stuff you can edit .  Path for it is above

Couple questions:
The file you reference is for ABS, but the R2 uses PLA - I don't know if you can print PLA using the ABS profile?

If I can use that profile, I still don't see these settings/options:

Bottom/Top thickness = 0mm
Wall thickness = 0.5mm
Solid infill top = OFF
Joris the outer edge = ON
The only thing I see is infill % which is already exposed in the menus...

Still struggling with printing using Cura, which seems to be the only known option (at least that anybody will share).

 PLA is way stiff and brittle.   Not sure PLA would be a good material for flexible tracks.

And ABS and PLA use the same fill file but not the same temp file.

So the rep 2 does not do ABS?  Gees isn't that machine like 2k?  It should print human DNA for that price ;) 

I have used PLA and works fine, still need to try printing the tracks in ABS to get a comparison, though :)

Thanks! I'll take a look.  I want to build this thing!

updated the front axle "Track holder book.stl" - now has more security. 

Wow! This is great, I love the idea. Will print one as soon as I can :)

Such a fast derivative too :P Thanks!