"Spiked" RC car wheel for winter bashing

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"Spiked" RC car wheel for winter bashing by kallaspriit Feb 6, 2013

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A spiked wheel for 1:10 scale RC cars designed for winter bashing.

These have probably even more grip in the snow than normal tires in the summertime. Got to be careful not to turn at high speed as the truck wants to flip over due to good lateral grip. Had fun hill-climbing it on slopes I couldn't get up myself on foot :)

Designed for Turnigy 1:10 RC truck but the same attachment mechanism is used by other RC cars too.


Print at medium quality, I found that about 50% infill provides enough strength without wasting too much material.

Does not require using rafts or supports. Drill flat the round bit in the middle of the connection point with a 10mm drillbit. This is the only post-production required enabling printing without supports.

I have included the SolidWorks file should anyone want to modify it to fit other models. Share if you do!

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Are these on hex 12?


could you make the mod so it fits on a 1/8 scale. with 14 or 17 mm hex diameter?

The original SolidWorks file is included, you can do it yourself :)

What should I scale this down to for a 1:16 slash. Do you think it will scale over, or will i have to redesign the lug size for the wheel hub?

how well dose this actually work?

Works surprisingly well in below-zero conditions on snow, not so well on pure ice and when the snow is melting (jams the spikes). Give it a try :)

How to do I lay the wheel on its side for printing? I have a makerbot 5th Gen and can not figure out of to lay the wheel on its side. When I load it, it loads vertically. Any tips would be helpful.

Dear K,
I read the description and I was wondering if the wheels will work on Nikko cars?

Is this really printable without support? I do not have a RC car but maybe I will print it to experience how its done without support! Nice design.

Yes it's printable without any supports which was one of the design criterias as I really hate rafts and supports. Glad you like it, there will be a new version for next winter, got some ideas how to improve it :)

Maybe its better with this type of wheels for deep snow
wonder if you could "fly" over water with those.. :P

These work good in sand but I guess they would quicky become full of snow and have little effect, might work in powder-snow. For deep snow the wheels would just require more rows of spikes :)

I am pretty new to 3D printing, is this printed on its side or standing up?

You should definitely print it on its flat side, the same as shown in the white-colored rendering.

How do you get the wheel to lay flat on its side? Its starts in a vertical position but have no clue how to put it on its side for printing. I just got a makerbot 5th gen......new to printing so any adive would help.

I'm having problems printing this. About 1/3 into the print the the print shifts off center and continues. I see a slight line in the wheel using netfabb. Would it be possible to save this again differently somehow, or is there a better tool to clean it up?

I'm pretty sure the STL model is just fine as I've printed four wheels without a problem. You can try generating the x3g file again in MakerWare but print getting offset might also be the steppers failing or some belt slipping. What printer are you using, which axis got offseted and has it happened before on other prints? Just try again I suppose, if it happens again in the same exact spot then it's the generated file's fault, otherwise I'd suspect the printer.

I'm going to tell my wife that's its for De Thatching the lawn!

Good work! BTW, I'll keep my feet away from this... ;)

Wheel camber is actually a property of the car suspension setup, not the wheel itself so everyone can adjust this on their own car :)