Dual Mode Spring Motor Rolling Chassis

A dual mode (power and coast) spring motor rolling chassis.


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Based on original design: Spring Motor Rolling Chassis Version 2 by Greg Zumwalt


Despite having identical gear ratios to, and smaller drive wheels than, my previous "rolling chassis" designs ("Spring Motor Rolling Chassis Version 2" here: https://www.youmagine.com/designs/spring-motor-rolling-chassis-version-2, and "PLA Spring Motor, Rolling Chassis" here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:430050), the Dual Mode Spring Motor Rolling Chassis out distances both thanks to it's dual mode operation.

The first mode is identical to the previous two rolling chassis designs, using a PLA spring to power the chassis. The second mode is new, "true coast". The previous two designs depended on the pawl releasing from the pawl gear to "coast", which, due to friction, limited the distance these vehicles would coast. "True coast" utilizes a floating pinion gear (I published a floating pinion demonstrator here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2025927). Under spring power, the rear axle is connected to the spring motor via the floating pinion gear and spring motor torque. When the spring energy is depleted, the floating pinion is disconnected from the rear axle by the rear axle gear itself, allowing the rear axle to free spin and the chassis to truly coast.

Video of the prototype is here:


Video of a comparison between the "Spring Motor Rolling Chassis Version 2" and the "Dual Mode Spring Motor Rolling Chassis" is here:


You will need to purchase four AS 568 #213 o-rings (1 3/16" O.D., 15/16" I.D., 1/8" diameter) and eight AS 568 #223 o-rings (1 7/8" O.D., 1 5/8" I.D., 1/8" diameter), which are available on line, and at plumbing supply / box stores.

Designed using Fusion 360, sliced using Cura 2.3.1, and printed in PLA on an Ultimaker 2+ Extended and an Ultimaker 3 Extended.

Materials and methods

Sliced using Cura 2.3.1, printed in PLA on an Ultimaker 2+ Extended and an Ultimaker 3 Extended at .1mm vertical resolution.

Print "Knob and Axle.stl", "Chassis Left.stl", "Chassis Right.stl" and "Spring.stl" with 100% infill, the remaining components with 50% infill.

Print two each of "Wheel Front.stl" and "Wheel Rear.stl", print one each of the remaining parts.

Study "Assembly.stl", carefully noting the locations and positions of the various components as assembly proceeds.

1) Press "Gear Axle Rear.stl" onto "Axle Rear.stl".

2) Press "Gear Idler Small.stl" onto "Axle Gear Idler Small.stl".

3) Slide "Knob and Axle.stl" into "Chassis Right.stl", then press "Spring.stl" and "Pawl.stl" onto "Knob and Axle.stl".

4) Slide "Gear Pawl.stl" onto "Knob and Axle.stl".

5) Slide "Gear Spur.stl" onto the axle on "Chassis Right.stl".

6) Place the idler assembly ("Gear Idler Small.stl" and "Axle Gear Idler Small.stl") and rear axle assembly ("Axle Rear.stl" and "Gear Axle Rear.stl") into position in "Chassis Right.stl".

7) Press "Chassis Left.stl" onto "Chassis Right.stl".

8) Place the o-rings on the wheels.

9) Press one each of "Wheel Rear.stl" onto each end "Axle Rear.stl".

10) Position "Axle Front.stl" into the chassis assembly, the press one each of "Wheel Front.stl" onto each end of "Axle Front.stl".

Hope you like it!



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Mini lora and iGreg Zumwalt commented ago


Well thank you so very much for your very kind words, I really appreciate them!

Best wishes,


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You are the best...... I would like to know if you could share with me all the files in another cad extension like .STEP OR .SAT. I really like your model so i wanto to build it but my printer i not so good so there are many parts i can build with lathe or another machine.

Sorry with my english, i am argentinian,,,!!!

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