Prolific Thomas Palm Releases New Tire and Rim Designs for OpenRC Project

Share this Article

truggyOver the past year, we’ve published several articles about the OpenRC Project, the open-source project created by Daniel Noreé that has gathered a large community of makers, designers and radio-controlled vehicle enthusiasts. One of the most prolific of the community’s makers is Thomas Palm, a Swedish mechanical engineer who has pursued, in his spare time, everything from architecture to photography to publishing. His current focus is 3D printing, and he has designed an impressive variety of wheels and tires for the OpenRC Project. Already, his wheel and tire designs can be used in over one hundred combinations for your RC car, but Palm hasn’t stopped there. He’s been keeping busy, and is now releasing new designs for three different OpenRC projects.

rcf1

Palm is a close friend of project founder Noreé, and has worked with him on several projects. Noreé will soon be releasing the files for his newest creation, the OpenRC Formula 1; while no release date has been given, Palm states that his friend is “extremely close” to releasing them. Those who are planning to print the F1 when it is released can already purchase a ball bearing kit, and Palm has designed some new tires that are available for download now, so you can be one step ahead when the files for the car are released.

touring

“I created some rain tires for the original rims but I also designed a set of low profile rim/tires just for fun,” Palm tells 3DPrint.com. “The low profile tires feature a new snap-on design that will secure the tire using a triangular shape that´s interconnecting the parts. Also the tires are not sealed with this design, making them a bit softer since the air is not trapped inside.”

Palmiga_openrc_touring_1st_
He also created a snap-on design for the OpenRC Touring Car; the rims and the tires can both be downloaded from Thingiverse. And, lest Truggy enthusiasts feel left out, he’s designed snap-on rims for them as well, making assembly much easier for makers who don’t want to have to deal with screws.

Palm’s design talent is not limited to RC cars. He recently won MyMiniFactory’s Support Free Vase and Planter Design Competition with his lovely and functional Palmiga Globe Bouquet Vase, and he has also come up with some ingenious ways to conserve water. His company, Rubber 3D Printing, made the news for its conductive TPU filament, which Palm created by adding carbon to his standard TPU filament. If that’s not enough, Palm teases 3DPrint.com  that he “does have a fun thing coming up later” but will not release details at this time. Based on his inventive work thus far, I’m excited to see what he’ll come out with next.

Check out his Truggy tires in action here:

Share this Article


Recent News

Medical Startup axial3D Raises U$S 3 Million To Expand To New Markets

Carnegie Mellon: Optimizing Soft Materials 3D Printing With Machine Learning



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

4D Printing in China: Shape Memory Polymers and Continuous Carbon Fiber

Researchers have been looking further into the benefits of shape memory polymers (SMPs) with the addition of raw materials in the form of continuous carbon fiber (CCF). Authors Xinxin Shen,...

3D Printed Wireless Biosystems for Monitoring Cerebral Aneurysms in Real Time

Continuing to further the progress between 3D printing and electronics within the medical field, authors Robert Herbert, Saswat Mishra, Hyo-Ryoung Lim, Hyoungsuk Yoo, and Woon-Hong Yeo explore a new method...

Feasibility Models to Determine Efficacy of 3D Printing Over Traditional Methods

In ‘Model for Evaluating Additive Manufacturing Feasibility in End-Use Production,’ authors Matt Ahtiluoto, Asko Uolevi Ellman, and Eric Coatenea encourage the idea of exploring 3D printing for designs first, comparing...

Refining Macro and Microscopic Topology Optimization for AM Processes

Researchers from Italy and Germany continue along the path so many are following in refining and perfecting 3D printing processes. In the recently published ‘Structural multiscale topology optimization with stress...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.


Print Services

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our 3DPrint.com.

You have Successfully Subscribed!