Introduction: RC Skateboard
In this instructable, you will learn how to build a remote controlled electric skateboard. Our model averaged a top speed of roughly 25 kilometers per hour (15.53 miles per hour), a range of about 66 feet, and a battery life of six hours. This cost us a total of $45 (not including 3D printing).
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Step 1: Materials Needed
For this project, you're going to need a RC car, and a board. The RC car we got was a "Super Power Speed Vehicle 19" [pictured above], and we 3D printed the board.
Step 2: Removing Cover and Base
You're going to need to remove most of the pieces holding the RC car together. First, unscrew all of the screws except those attached to the wheels/trucks.Then remove the cover, and cut through the plastic surrounding the wires to release all the wires and axles. When you have completed that, you should have 2 axles with a motherboard, battery, receiver and antenna (copper tape). It should look like the figure on the right.
Step 3: Step 3: Assembling the Skateboard
Now, you're going to need to attach the wheels. You may be wondering why you removed the center from the RC car if you're just going to add it again. This is because, at least for the RC car we bought, when we left the center on, it was too tall. We 3D printed the center, and taped it onto the wheels to hold it together, but you could also use wood or something similar to keep them together. Once you have finished this, you're going to need to attach the motherboard, battery, and antenna to the center piece. We taped the battery on and screwed the motherboard on. After you have done this, it should look like the pictures above.
Step 4: Step 4: 3D Printing the Board
Now you're going to need to create the board. We laser cut the board using onshore for the dimensions and shape, but you could just as easily cut it out of wood, or any other ideas you might have. We made the board 12 inches long, and 6 inches wide. We laser cut it into two pieces so that the it can fit the cutter. Notice how there are cylinders coming from one piece and holes in the other, this makes it easy to combine the pieces.
Step 5: Step 5: Putting It All Together
Since you've already put together the insides, its time to add the board to the top. To do this, create stands to support the board make sure to place them so that the board is stable. Also, it is recommended to tape the antennae to this so that the controller can send signals to the car at further distances. Now your all done and can cruise through your home or the street.