RC Snow Tracks

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RC Snow Tracks by timogiles Jan 29, 2015


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Tracks for 1/10 scale RC car / truck / buggy in style of Mattracks. I made them for my Vaterra Twin Hammers to drive in the snow. The tread and axles are from a Tamiya 70100 Track and Wheel Set.

Video of the tracks in action: http://youtu.be/Olw4WwAe8B8


To make 4 Snow Tracks you need:

(2) Tamiya 70100 Track and Wheel Sets. You only need the tracks and the axles, you can discard the orange wheels in the kit.
(8) 6204 Bearings. I picked up a 10 pack from "usabearingsbelts" on ebay.
(8) 4-40 screws, 1" long
(2) 4-40 screws, 1/2" long
(2) 4-40 nuts

For each track print:
(1) Frame1b.stl
(1) MIRRORED Frame1b.stl
(1) 32_tooth_wheel_4.stl
(3) idler2.stl
(1) idler1.stl
(2) spacer_internal.stl

  • I put MIRRORED in all caps, because you need to mirror the .stl when you print it. I designed this all in DesignSpark Mechanical and there isn't a tool to mirror a solid. I didn't want to redraw pieces mirrored, and my UP! Mini's software will mirror it if you scale by -1.

Use a dremel tool to cut the axles included in the Tamiya track kit so that you have (4) 0.7" long axles for each track.

I found that it was best to secure the tracks to the vehicle so that the can't rotate. If you are putting these on a twin hammers then you will want to also print:
(1) FrontStabilizer.stl
(1) MIRRORED FrontStabilizer.stl
(1) RearStabilizer.stl
(1) MIRRORED RearStabilizer.stl

If you want to make modifications to the design, install DesignSpark Mechanical (it's free) and download all the .rsdoc files to the same directory. assembly1.rsdoc should open and show all the parts assembled together.

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Jun 2, 2017 - Modified Jun 2, 2017

You know what would be really cool?! Use a longer belt and connect the fronts to the rear (like a tank track) and that'll prevent you from sinking in the snow. Plus you'll have a badass looking truck..

Edit: That might make it hard to steer. -.-

will these work on a traxxas 1/10 summit?

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id suggest making one with much wider track and deeper tread, it should help with the sinking problem

Nice. I wonder if a skid plate on the front would help keep the front end up and allow it to take off better without sinking in the snow.

What type of bearing did you use between the gear and the frame???

What type of bearing did you use between the gear and the frame???

What type of bearing did you use between the gear and the frame???

wider is better lol. no seriously though i think if you could use the same design but make it like 3 times wider and print the track from ninjaflex it would be perfect.

wider is better lol. no seriously though i think if you could use the same design but make it like 3 times wider and print the track from ninjaflex it would be perfect.

wider is better lol. no seriously though i think if you could use the same design but make it like 3 times wider and print the track from ninjaflex it would be perfect.

I tried to print it but when it shows up on my program the parts look so small. can you tell me the x,y,z, sizes on it if you know them

Very very cool design!..but on the frame the thin arm on the front part might snap off...might make it a bit thicker and/or radius off the sharp edges (shear/high stress points)

Ingenious design and 3D printable....way cool!!!!

you can make them wider and that will help you to stay up the snow
and let's see how they look

!!super!! !!cool!! !!idea!! !

Is it rubber tracks ?
Can you make 3d tracks please :)
Thank you very much,

Mar 18, 2016 - Modified Mar 18, 2016

Where did you buy the rubber tracks from?
Awesome creation!

Mar 5, 2016 - Modified Mar 5, 2016

totality cool, good job!! :)

I have seen the video and it's not very good for a heavy car because the tracks are too slim. But it's very cool!

I think its cool you designed this. Personally, when I take my RC toys into the snow, I like to use sand paddle tires. They have worked best for me. And I still get lots of wheelie time with my 1/8th scale 4x4 buggy.

I'm trying to make this, but idler1 is off somehow in the files I downloaded. It is HUGE! Scale says something like 0.291, diameter 250mm (9.843"), width of idler is 126mm (4.961"). What should the correct dimensions be?

lol I have wheels bigger than these tracks :D

Power good. Tracks, not good. To narrow. As others have said

i agree with copterbuild, needs wider tracks....... but i think the power is fine, just need to displace the weight better on a wider track... totally awesome concept though, wider tracks and ill make it...

This has serious potential !! I it looks just awsome, really caught my eye. It needs fatter tracks and more power! Looks great though

good but how would they know how to get the right tracks

In the description I mentioned that the tracks came from a "Tamiya 70100 Track and Wheel Set". You can get these at lots of places, including your local hobby shop. https://www.pololu.com/product/106

would it fit on my traxxas summit 1 16 with 15mm hubs? i have the traxxas 1 16 ford fiesta sway arms so it is more narrow but by any chance if we do not have a printer could we maybe buy it off of you maybe you could start to sell them on ebay?

My Twin Hammers has 12mm hubs, so that is what I designed for. Are you sure your summit has 15mm hubs? I thought that 12mm was pretty standard in the RC world. I don't have any plans to start selling the plastic parts as a kit, but you might be able to find someone on a site like 3Dhubs.com to do it for you. Otherwise Ponoko or Shapeways is a good option.

how would it operate on dirt and would it work with a new bright RC intimidater

I imagine it would work well on dirt, but we only have snow right now so I can't test it. It is designed to go on a 12mm hex wheel hub. I'm not familiar with the new bright RC intimidater, but if it has 12mm wheel hubs you should be able to fit it.

1/10 scale is generally 12mm hex
1/8 scale is 17mm hex

For scaling purposes... how long is a proper stabilizer for tire

The "FrontStabilizer.stl" is 1.429 inches by 2.486 inches

Feb 17, 2015 - Modified Feb 17, 2015

When I import your files into MatterControl, they show up as SUPER small! What size should the Frame1b be? Once I figure out the scale, I can apply that to all the other parts.

I really want to make this for my Traxxas Slash!

EDIT- the Frame shows up as 4.956mm long- just FYI.

I designed it in inches, try scaling by 25.4

Be sure to post your make, they should look sweet on a Slash!

Just to make sure I have the right measurements, once I scale up- it makes the Frame1b 125.91 long by 83.68 tall. Is that about right?

Yup, that sounds right.

Nice work! If you can do this, I'm surprised you didn't just design a snowmobile!

What did you use for Settings with your Mini?
I´m planing to print them on an UP Mini to

I printed on the default settings and 0.3mm layer height.

This is awesome.

Sure, a wider track will certainly help. But you might also want to consider adding ski's to the sides of the track, so it helps prevent the track from digging in. Also, you might just want to put a ramp under the front of the under carriage. That might help too.

Very cool.

Looks like a wider track would work a lot better.

Good to know. All I run is ABS, never could figure out PLA

Haha I have opposite problem I'm golden with pla but can't make anything with abs.m!

Also how many track sets does it take to make this?

I might just have to make a set! Did you use PLA or ABS?

I used ABS, but I imagine PLA would be fine.

Nice work! This is the kind of thing that gets featured. Well done!