This is the Fiat 126 Vettura Urbana concept (or ‘city car’ concept, if you translate the Italian… everything sounds better in Italian), revealed in 1976 and designed for Fiat by venerable designer Giovanni Michelotti, who penned lots of nice stuff you haven’t really heard of. His 1961 Alpine A110 was alright, mind. This particular vision of the future was based on the teeny 126 city car, and although small, it wasn’t a toy.
The body STL including the engine can now be downloaded at the following pages. There is also a version with separate STL files for each piece, sliding doors, operational engine parts. The engine parts, pulleys, pistons etc, can be driven by a small electric motor hidden in the transmission which is also connected to the rear wheels. So this model can drive with electric power. With additional work, can be made to run with remote control. A challenging and very nice project to build.
As we all know, 3D printed parts produced by our ordinary home type printers are not so strong and when used in place of actual parts, they don’t last long. I thought it would be great If it is possible to somehow strengthen the 3d printed parts and worked on the subject a bit.
Strengthening a 3d part may give us the ability to use those parts in place of actual working, load bearing parts. So instead of trying to find an original replacement part for a broken one of our gadgets, robots, vehicles, mechanical toys or in any mechanical tech project we develop, we can simply go with the 3d printed parts.