Multifunctional Toy Vehicle

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Introduction: Multifunctional Toy Vehicle

I first acquired the idea to concoct a toy compatible with one of the most popular brand of children's toys when I was casually surfing the internet for toy ideas and tutorials for one of my favorite programs, SolidWorks. After various hours of surfing and brainstorming, I came across various tutorials and ideas surfacing around a toy compatible and easy to assemble. Using many techniques for not only expertise but proper time management, such as linear and circular patterns, the mirror function, and using standard dimensions, I have made a toy vehicle capable of optimization with other building blocks on the market. Many parts and pieces are vital to its construction and I will list all of them as well as the files and key features used to make them.

Step 1: Baseplate

Step 2: Steering Wheel Base

Step 3: Steering Wheel

Step 4: Chassis

Step 5: Wheel Center

Step 6: Tire

Step 7: Construction of the Full Steering Wheel

Step 8: Construction of the Full Wheel and Tire

Step 9: Final Construction

Step 1: Baseplate

The first step in the ultimate construction of the toy vehicle was to construct the base plate on which the rest of the features rest upon. This started by drawing a rectangle which was 64 mm long by 16 mm wide with 16 circles of 4 mm diameter. We then used the shell function on the bottom and finished by creating 16 circles on the underbelly of 2 mm diameter and inner studs of 5.6 mm diameter.

Dimensions:

Length: 64 mm

Width: 16 mm

Stud Height: 2 mm

Stud Diameter: 4 mm

Step 2: Steering Wheel Base

In order for the vehicle to establish its place as a vehicle it required a steering wheel and that needed a base so I set off to making one. I first started off by making the base of 8 mm length and 16 mm length, extruded to a height of 2 mm, in addition to a circle of 5 mm which then after trimming turned into half of a semicircle with 2 lines of 5 mm and 1.5 mm. I then mirrored this and then extruded it to a height of 11 mm. I then used extrude cut to make a cut through the top of the base to make the base slanted, which started from halfway through the side of the base to a length of 4 mm. And then finally I constructed a pillar directly in the center of the cut, with a diameter of 3.4 mm extruded at a length of 3.5 mm

Dimensions:

Base Stand: 8 mm x 16 mm

Initial Base Circle Diameter: 5 mm

Top Base Half-Length: 4 mm

Top Base Height (prior to mirror): 1.5 mm

Base Height: 11 mm

Cut: 4 mm

Pillar Length: 3.5 mm

Pillar Diameter: 3.4 mm

Step 3: Steering Wheel

After making the base, it was only logical to start making the wheel which consists of 3 circles. The primary circles have diameters of 2.4 and 3.1 mm extruded at a length of 3.5 mm. I then offset 2 circles of the inner circles by 3 mm and then 1 mm extruded at a length of 1.5 mm. I then used section view to create a central trapezoid with a length of 1 mm, which I then used circular pattern to duplicate four times around the center axis.

Dimensions:

Inner Circles' Diameters: 2.4 and 3.1 mm

Outer Circles' Diameters: 6.1 and 7.1 mm

Inner Circle Height: 3.5 mm

Outer Circle Height: 1.5 mm

Step 4: Wheel Center

Once the baseplate, and steering wheel are complete, it was time to construct the center of the wheels. This started by an elaborate sketch with many dimensions.This sketch consisted of a 3.5 mm long line with a vertical line of 3 mm and then a 3.5 mm long line and then a vertical 1 mm long line and then another line along with another vertical downward 1 mm long line and then another vertical and horizontal lines of 1 mm. I then created an axis on the bottom of the sketch and used the revolved boss/base function to create a cylinder out of the sketch.

Dimensions:

Sketch Dimensions:

3.5 mm, 3 mm, 3,5 mm, 1 mm, 1 mm, 1 mm

Step 5: Tire

After making the center of the wheels, it was now necessary to create the tires. I started by making a 10 mm diameter circle and then another circle offset by 4 mm. I then extruded the circles by 10 mm. I then chamfered both sides by 2 mm. I then made 28 cuts of 1 mm all around the donut.

Dimensions:

Circles' Diameters: 10 mm, 14 mm

Circles' Heights: 10 mm

Chamfer Length: 2 mm

Cut Width: 1 mm

Step 6: Chassis

Lastly to attach the wheels, it was necessary to create the chassis, which was composed of a 2 mm vertical connected diagonally to an 8 mm line. I then mirrored these lines and extruded it all by 1 mm. I then created a 4 mm diameter circle which was 4 mm away from the top, and 4 mm from the side. I then mirrored this circle and extruded them both by 2 mm. I then offset the edge and made a vertical line and then trimmed to make a fence-style extrusion of 3 mm. I then extruded 3 mm diameter circle into an 8 mm long pillar. I then mirrored all of the previous to create the chassis.

Dimensions:

Original Base Dimensions: 2 mm, 8 mm, and 1 mm

Stud Dimensions: 4 mm (Diameter, Distance from side and top)

Stud Height: 2 mm

Fence Height: 3 mm

Pillar Diameter: 3 mm

Pillar Height: 8 mm

Step 7: Completed Steering Wheel and Base

I then used the mate feature to join the base and the actual steering wheel in the above combination. I have included both individual parts and the combined assembly.

Step 8: Completed Tire and Wheel

I used the same process of mating to successfully combine the tire and wheel center into one complete wheel as seen above. As before, I have included the parts and final assembly.

Step 9: Constructing the Final Toy

Using the previously mentioned mating technique I linked together all of the parts to construct the final toy vehicle, in its all-encompassing glory. Linked above, in order to cover all bases, I have included all files, and a screenshot of the final product.

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    That looks really good, I'd love to see the final printed project :)