Introduction: DIY Hyperloop

In this project, you will design engineer, build and test a vehicle that has been inspired by the Hyperloop concept. You won't be using maglev or linear motors to power your vehicle, and we won't be working at full scale! However, we are looking at the concept of a Hyperloop track that would run from Glasgow School of Art to the University of Glasgow - approx 1.6km. Since we are working at scale, passengers will be represented by fresh, uncooked hens’ eggs. We obviously don't want you to be cracked upon arrival!

Step 1: Components, Tools and Software

Test track

Approximately scale 1:28, a pipe which is 60m long, and has an internal diameter of approx 80mm


EDF, LiPo, ESC, RC receiver and transmitter, electrical wire, soldering iron, solder, heat-shrink, pipe (optional), 3D printer, nuts, bolts, metal components (see diagram for eng drawings), servo, m6 threaded bolt, sponge, egg box, tape, EMA Plastic Weld Glue, Autodesk Fusion 360


2 British Standard Organic Medium Eggs

Step 2: Development and 3D Printing

After viewing (and possibly developing) the given Autodesk Fusion 360 CAD models print the following:

  1. head of main body
  2. braking mechanism
  3. joining couple
  4. centre of main body (a alternative would be milling a pipe of similar dimensions)

Step 3: Constructing the Foam Model

  1. hollow out and split sponge
  2. cut out the compartments of the egg box
  3. assemble with glue as shown above
  4. insert eggs
  5. tape together the sections

Step 4: Assembly

  1. assemble the braking mechanism (as instructed by the diagrams above)
  2. glue the EDF to the the head of the main body (as shown above)
  3. glue the rear to the main body (as shown above)
  4. glue the joining couple to both the head and centre of the main body
  5. solder and heat shrink the EDF to the ESC, ESC to the RC receiver connector, and ESC to LiPo connector

Step 5: Assembly of Track

connect the 80mm diameter pipe, into a 60m long straight track, temporarily blocking off both ends

Step 6: RACE!

After trailing the breaking mechanism and EDF without incident you are ready to race your hyperloop down the pipe, connect the soldered connections to their respective component, insert the main sponge capsule, place it in the tube and use the RC transmitter to power your carriage down the track!