Man Creates a Lifesize Lego Go-Kart Using a 3D Printer

Friday, 25 August 2017 - 6:22PM
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Friday, 25 August 2017 - 6:22PM
Man Creates a Lifesize Lego Go-Kart Using a 3D Printer
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Perhaps the most fun thing about the 3D printer technology that's gaining increasing steam is how we have yet to discover all the weird and wonderful things that people will build now that plastic can be shaped and formed on-demand.

Astronauts can make tools in space (sometimes out of their own pee), but that's, if anything, one of the more boring uses of 3D printers. Or, at least, space tools are boring, compared with giant Lego cars.

YouTuber Matt Denton has made use of his 3D printer, a Lulzbot Taz, to create a unique bonding opportunity for him and his eight year old nephew, Rueben. The initial plan was to print a Lego Technics go-kart that would be big enough for Rueben to use as a toy, but because of size constraints within his printer, Denton had to settle for a kart that's five times bigger than the real thing, which would comfortably fit a toddler.



It took 198 hours for Denton to print all of the parts for the kit, at which point he and Rueben had fun simultaneously building the tiny original Lego go-kart, a model from way back in 1985, while also putting together the giant-sized kit, all from the same instructions.

For fans of The Lego Movie, this is probably the closest we'll ever get to watching a live-action Emmett assemble an existing Lego kit (perhaps the Double Decker Couch will be a future project for Matt Denton to work on).



These kinds of unusual projects are only going to become more common as 3D printing technology begins to enter everyday life with greater regularity. We're already at the point where home enthusiasts can print their own BB-8 droids and Iron Man prosthetics, so it's worth assuming that as time goes on and people begin looking at the world around us with a more critical eye, we'll find more and more elements of everyday life that can be improved through the inclusion of this kind of technology.

Yes, this will be important to the future of scientific discovery, both on this planet and further afield, but what's more immediately impressive is the thought of how we'll be able to make fun new toys for while we're stuck on our current home rock.

With any luck, we're not too far away from a Star Trek style replicator, even if Lego enthusiasts would prefer us to have to assemble our printed items ourselves, to add to the creative fun.
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