Instead of making a physical objects out of materials, I want to show you how to design models from Autodesk Inventor 2012 so you can create original designs. In this Instructable I will take you step by step through the designing of car and a boat models, both can be fitted with a motors, gears, and some rc parts to become an open source DIY RC toys. This guide is more geared for people who have a 3d printer/want to buy one/build one, or people who want to design 3d models with Inventor, or another program, export stl files, and upload them on thingiverse.
For me, Autodesk Inventor has been difficult to learn due to having no formal training with any CAD software. I used youtube and books from my school library to figure most of it out. I hope that this helps learning this software easier for you than it was for me.
Step 1: Required Materials:
For this You will need:
A copy of Autodesk Inventor 2012 -- This is free for college students!
If you are not a student, Autodesk 123D is free for everyone.
A 3D Printer -- maybe a MakerBot?
If you don't have a 3D printer a CNC would also work.
A length of 1/4 inch threaded rod for the wheels.
8 1/4 inch nuts for the wheels.
Although Autodesk Inventor is arguably the best software to design models with, it is by no means easy for everyone without cad experience. You may want to breakout your library card, log on to youtube, or sent me a comment if there is a step you don't understood/I didn't explain well enough.