By CARL HYNDMAN
Best Senior Project Ever!
Brooke Sasinowski’s 3D-printed Buggies are way
cooler than your lame baking-soda volcano
High-school senior Brooke Sasinowski of Macomb, Michigan, is an aspiring
racer who decided to mix her studies with her passion for RC racing. With
her ambitions focused on engineering, she re-created her Team Associated
RC buggies as computer models, then brought them into the real world
via 3D printing. We asked her about the project and her future plans for
engineering and RC.
RC Car Action: What made you decide to 3D-print RC buggies?
Brooke Sasinowski: During my junior year, I saw a miniature RC10 on
Facebook. I thought it was adorable, and decided it would be a good idea
to base my final project around RC. I created a miniature Team Associated
B44.3 in Solid Works. I then 3D-printed it, all within a week.
And then you made the 1/10-scale model in your senior year?
For my senior year, I based my final project on Team Associated’s clear
prototype B6D. I started it in December. After 3D-printing the chassis in
PLA [polylactic acid], I decided I wanted to make a second model with a
3D-printed metal chassis. The one with the PLA chassis served as my test
car. The metal version was printed with a mix of bronze and stainless steel,
and it was my final, functional model.
What design tools and type
of 3D printer did you use?
I used calipers to measure all the parts and modeled all the parts in
Solid Works Student, provided by my engineering high school. All the parts
were printed on the school’s Lulzbot TAZ 6 printer. That was very effective
in introducing us to the possibilities available in the 3D printing industry.
Are you planning to find a job eventually in the RC industry as an
It amazes me the amount of engineering that goes into these cars. It
would be a dream to be able to work in the RC industry in the future. I
plan on going into the
RC, automotive, or
my engineering path
on this project, we’re
sure you’ll do well!
Today, high-school senior. Tomorrow, designing your next RC car.
Brooke began with smaller-scale,
Finished, functional chassis. With the exception
of the shocks, hardware, and a few other bits, this
car is completely 3D-printed.
3D-printed metal? Yep, the chassis is a mix of bronze and stainless steel, says Brooke.
Brooke made all the parts
with a Lulzbot TAZ 6 printer.