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plastic news 3D printed Lego skateboardWe’ve seen quite a few huge Lego undertakings over the years, including a Teardrop trailer, a Millennium Falcon and architectural wonders. But sometimes, standard bricks just won’t cut it. Such was the case for Brit tinkerer James Bruton, who opted to supersize Lego bricks using a 3D printer to build a chunky, funky electric skateboard.

Bruton used brick designs from Thingiverse for his project, but scaled up to five times the size. He then designed a huge electric motor casing in 1980s Lego style, along with wheels and tires, using Fusion 360. All of the 3D-printed components are printed using PLA – in red, blue, bright yellow and gray – except for the tires, where rubbery black NinjaFlex is used. In all, the XRobots maker reckons the project took around 600 to print out the parts, including 32 hours for those NinjaFlex tires.

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