Electric Rubber Band Car

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Introduction: Electric Rubber Band Car

The vast majority of us like cars, especially when you can race with them.

In this instructable we propose you to make a car propelled by an elastic band, and with an electrical circuit we will add some lights. We will be able to work on concepts such as: series and parallel electrical circuits, led lights, energy sources, friction and energy transformation, among others.

Supplies

  • Car kit pieces cutted in mdf. This pieces could be laser cutted or by hand, it could also be made in other materials like expanded pvc or cardboard.
  • Conductive tape
  • 2 LEDs
  • 2 AA battery holder with switch
  • 2 skewer sticks
  • 1 straw
  • 2 AA batteries
  • 1 rubber band

Tools

  • Pliers
  • Soldering iron(optional)
  • Silicone gun
  • Scissors

Step 1: Conductive Tape

Take the V-shaped piece from the kit and stick conductive tape on the top side over the entire V. Be careful with the conductive tape, it must be well attached to the car, in case of joints, it must overlap with the previous tape in a way that creates a good contact surface.

Repeat on the other side of the car.

Step 2: LEDs Connection

Take two LEDs and place them on the part marked as Front Axle of the V-shaped piece. For this step, the longer leg of the LED will go on the upper side and the shorter leg on the lower one, please make sure that they are in contact with the conductive tape on each side, forming a "sandwich" with the part between the legs of the LEDs.

Make sure that the LEDs legs are in contact with the conductive tape by using more conductive tape over the LED legs.

Step 3: Battery Holder

Take the battery holder and glue it, using hot glue, in the area marked as "Portapilas" on the V part of the car.

Fix with conductive tape the end of the red cable from the battery holder to the conductive tape on the top side of the piece.

Repeat but now with the black cable, on the other side.

Step 4: Assembly

Cut a piece of straw 8cm long, stick it on the underside of the V piece in the area marked as "Eje delantero".

Cut two pieces of straw 2cm long and stick them on the underside in the area marked as "Eje trasero", trying to get the straws as aligned as possible.

Step 5: Axles

To build the axles of the car, cut two pieces of skewer sticks 10 cm long.

Pass one of the sticks through the first straw on the rear axle, and before going through the second straw, pass the stick through the hole of the smallest piece of the kit. Finish this step by passing the stick through the other straw and the smallest piece will remain in the center of the stick.

Glue the small piece to the shaft with a drop of hot glue. Caution: Do not let the hot glue stick to the straws. And remember that it burns.. A lot!

For the wheels, first put hot glue on one end of the axle and, applying pressure, pass the axle through the center of the wheel. Do not let the wheel touch the straws, otherwise it will stick to it.
Repeat this with the rest of the wheels.

Step 6: Propulsion System

The final step is to place the rubber band. For this, pass one end of the rubber band through the hole in the front part of the v-shaped piece and take the other end and pass it inside the other. Pull the band until the knot is firm.

Step 7: Testing

To test the car, pass the rubber band under the battery holder and hook it to the central piece of the rear axle as shown in figure 9. Now you have to place the car on a flat surface and pull it back until the rubber band turns 5 or more times around rear axle, then release the car.

Step 8: Improvements

If the car happens to skid, add weight on the rear axle. Screws, nuts, stones or whatever material that goes into the car will do.

You can solder the components to the conductive tape at the joints to improve conductivity. Put rubber on the wheels so that they adhere better to the surface. Add weight to the car, this way you can increase the speed with which they work

Step 9: Good Luck!

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    5 Comments

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    aeinsignares
    aeinsignares

    12 days ago

    Excellent work, it would be awesome to use every opportunity to explain the physics behind every detail of the car. Why the tape improves adherence? Why adding weight makes it go faster (basic logic tells you opposite)? What other materials can we use for the car, i.e. replacing the rubber band with yarn, the tape with sand paper? Is there a weight limit that would make the car go slower?

    Muy creativo y excelente trabajo. ¡Saludos desde Colombia! Es bueno ver que tenemos esta clase de proyectos en nuestra región.

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    StumpChunkman
    StumpChunkman

    6 weeks ago

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

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    UYRobot_
    UYRobot_

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Thank you for your comment!
    In a couple of days i'm going to upload more instructables.

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    kmcgahee
    kmcgahee

    5 weeks ago on Step 9

    Excelente video! Muchas gracias por compartir.

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    UYRobot_
    UYRobot_

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Gracias a ti!
    Pronto estaré subiendo mas instructables.