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BfB, PTC and Scalextric

Two Blog posts in one day! Must be more good news!!!


Over the summer holidays I was contacted by PTC (the company who produce Pro/ENGINEER) about testing out some ideas for an international project that they support in schools and colleges. I couldn’t resist the challenge and the opportunities that it might offer for students.

The project is called Scalextric4schools (see http://www.scalextric4schools.org/  ). Basically students can design (using Pro/ENGINEER) and make scalextric slot cars to enter into an international competition.  Tim Brootherhood from PTC was at the DATA Digital D&T conference and wondered if BfB printers could make a scalextric car body shell.. so he sent me the files to see if it was possible (btw the Makerbot guys had already given it a go but the size of their machines means that they can only produce the body shell split into parts). As you can see from the pictures in this post with a little help from the guys at BfB we printed a body shell with support materials (those of you who visit the BfB forum may have seen some of these before when I started a discussion about twin extruders and support materials).

So, If you are looking for a new project for your school or college you might like to consider taking part in this competition, full details are on the website mentioned above.

When I get all the parts to complete these cars I’ll post some more pictures. If you have a go please think about posting some photos on the BfB forum.


PS. If you are wondering about the strange looking red car in the photos it’s a printed mould for vacuum forming car body shells… another experiment that we are trying out.



1 Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is brilliant and opens up another affordable route for schools wanting to manufacture more detailed car shapes. Well done for these ground breaking developments with Rapman.
    Keep up the great work!

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