I finally got around to using my 3d printer to print out some printed parts, and in this case this is what i got. What you’re looking at here are three different styles of 3d printed thumb stairs i’m gon na go over each one of them. Show you guys how they all work, their differences, pros and cons and at the end, i’ll show you guys where to actually get the files to print them. And if you don’t have a 3d printer that’s. Alright, because there are websites where you can go online and buy these, you know already 3d printed and shipped to your home, so stay tuned for that, so let’s get started all right, so you might be thinking you know. Why do i even need dumpsters? If i have two hands well for me, you know i’m shooting this video to get these cool shots. I kind of need one hand to hold the camera and then one hand to hold the radio controller. So, for me they’re pretty useful for you guys back at home. You know you might not be making youtube videos, but you still post online on instagram on facebook, send a text message to your friends: get phone calls while you’re out bashing. You know you can pick one up with one hand and then you can shoot a video with the other or get a call. On the other hand – and you know – i find that at least one of these over here is pretty handy, even if you’re using two hands, it gives you a better grip, so let’s get started.
We’Ll go left to right, okay, so here what you’re? Looking at we’re going to give these code names starting off with this guy, so this is the mickey mouse grip here. I love this design. This one is one of my favorites. I actually used this on my last video i’ll show you guys how it went, but yeah. This is the first one i 3d printed. Second, one here is called i’m going to name it. The nuts and bolts and you’ll see why, in a second, you basically need a nut and a bolt to complete this one. This one’s also a pretty cool design. We’Ll touch on this one in a bit and then this one right here, i’m gon na put it up like this. This is the melted hockey stick. You can see. It looks like a hockey stick, but it’s melted on the back end, obviously to fit the wheel on your radio controller. So let’s go back to this mickey mouse, real, quick, we’ll start off with this one. This one has a pretty sturdy design, so that’s a pro another pro is it’s, got obviously the mickey mouse design. I love it, and these knobs here are kind of massive, so really gives you that good thumb grip wherever you place it up top down below in the middle. One of the cons, though, is that it kind of has this fixed circle. I don’t know if you guys, can really tell but there’s a slit right there, but it’s pretty sturdy.
It doesn’t move. So if your wheel is smaller or bigger than this on your radio controller, you’re, pretty much screwed and, like i mentioned earlier, this is one that i tested out on my last vid and it didn’t really go that well. I’Ll put up some clips of it, but it kind of takes a little bit getting used to steering and driving with one hand so yeah. I ended up crashing it with this mickey mouse, one that i 3d printed. So it’s already got. You know i’m already docking. Some points off of this one by the way, while i’m reviewing this, let me know which one’s your favorite is it this mickey mouse? Is it the other two? Let me know down in the comments what you guys think, while i’m going through these, you know it’s a perfect fit for this one, but i’ll show you guys. This is on my dhk hobby hunter, this radio control, the wheel is too small for this, so it doesn’t work. Like i mentioned it does have like this fixed circle that you can’t, really change, so you’re pretty much screwed. If your wheel, isn’t the same kind of circle, size or diameter of this, so let’s put it back on over here and power. This thing on and i’ll show you guys just me using it real quick i’m, getting a good kind of grip here, but the wheel on this controller is kind of far away from you know where your grip is so yeah let’s just quickly use it here, and You know so i’ll put the controller here.
You know just steering left and right it’s pretty tricky, because you can’t get a full kind of steering lock with this. Unless you really position your hand kind of awkwardly, but it does the job. I mean i’m steering here pretty easily it’ll, be much easier if i wasn’t kind of commentating and videotaping and driving. So if i was just using one hand, this would work just fine, but i guess it’s just me trying to get used to this, but yeah. It really does work, so next up on the list are coming down the row. Here we got the nuts and bolts you can see. Whoever came up with this. You know they were pretty pretty smart. I guess in the design they got this open wheel, design here, that you need a nut and a bolt to kind of close and get that good grip, so that’s pretty smart because you can actually fit it on bigger wheels smaller wheels it’s a little bit tough! You can kind of squeeze it a little bit, but they’re definitely thinking something through. You can also see there’s. These kind of three grooves right here gives you a little bit better grip, and the design too, is you know same thing, it’s sturdy. This one took the second longest to print this one took the longest meaning they’re using more material inside to kind of build these up so yeah this one. I, like it a lot so pros: it’s got that you know nut and screw i mean screw and nut kind of design.
It’S got these grooves and it’s sturdy. Those are the pros. Cons is once again. If you have a small wheel, you kind of have to you know, work with another one or come up with the new design. But i tested this out on the traxxas these three right here or these two over here and those radio controllers kind of those wheels fit on this, so it’s good to go all right. We got the nuts and bolts on there and it’s a pretty pretty sturdy design. I mean with that nut and bolt. That thing is pretty much on there smooth and whoever came up with this really thought it through. You can see there’s a space at the top for different kind of sized screw heads and then at the bottom. There is a space for the nut to kind of complete the whole mechanism here, but yeah let’s quickly. Um turn this on get my dhk out and show you guys how this thing works here we go. I mean i i’m already liking this one a lot better. I got full kind of control compared to the mickey mouse. Oops almost crashed that one. You know that’s the tricky part when doing this. These types of videos you’re paying attention to making sure you got the good you know shot and the in the camera and then also making sure you’re steering it correctly. But overall i got to give it give a 10 out of 10 to this grip right here.
It’S pretty good. I can go as fast as i want i’m, not worried about it. Slipping it’s, all good, so let’s bring this dhk back. Real quick whoops was not paying attention there all right, so you just saw the nuts and bolts working its magic. I gave it a 10 out of 10.. What do you guys think about this? One? Moving along, we got the melted hockey. Stick it’s got the most basic design. I had a lot of trouble printing, this one so i’m, already docking at points um, especially if you’re 3d printing, this on your own, this design, uh it’s kind of you – know it’s, not sturdy. So when it’s printing out the little quick movements from the nozzle of your 3d printer when it’s printing out this stuff here it kind of shakes. So this thing kind of like falls over and you got to restart all over again and you got to think this takes. You know two to three hours to print. So if you don’t check it constantly, you’re basically wasting your time so that’s. What happened to me? Other than that i like how big this little section is here. You know how, depending how big your thumb is and how long your thumb is. This is going to give you a lot of area. Bad part is it’s flimsy and you can see there. I got some bad quality printing going on, but it’s not it’s, flimsy it’s, not sturdy, like the other two and it has an open design.
So it doesn’t really wrap around your wheel and you’ll see in a second i tested this out at home. You’Ll see what i mean: it’s an open wheel, design so it’s, not that great. Let me just quickly set this up again and show you guys. You know how this one works, so just real quick! I put this on the dhk radio controller and right off the bat it’s a little bit too big it’s hitting on this one. But you can always trim this down to fit your radio, so we’re going to have to use the flax sky one that i’ve been using from my grasshopper. So let’s go ahead and swap this real, quick, pretty simple, you just kind of wiggle it with one hand in here um and get it to fit so yeah. This one is going to work well down here. I got to reposition it, but yeah. Let me do that, get the grasshopper out and then i’ll show you guys how this works. I already know this is going to be bad all right, grasshopper, here radio here hockey stick on and right off the bat i mean you can kind of turn left with this. But if you want to turn right, this thing starts to kind of fall off and the flimsy design doesn’t really work that well so yeah. You can only turn one direction really reliably. Everything else in the other direction. You’Re gon na have to hope that this thing sticks on that’s already falling off a little bit.
There let’s bring the grasshopper back and then head on home back inside guys over there behind me is the 3d printer that i use to print all three of those thumbstairs for myself. If you don’t have a 3d printer, that’s, okay i’ll put some links down in the description for websites where you can actually have someone print these out for you and then ship them for you, so there’s shapeways, there’s, 3d export. You just got to find them. They won’t be the same exact ones that i used that’s, because i found them on thingiverse, which is another website where people upload the files you can print for free, so that’s, pretty cool the 3d printing community, especially the rc car 3d. Printer community, is pretty large. Believe it or not so there’s a lot of stuff people already have up on there for free, and you can also design your own stuff, which is what i’m going to be doing. I think if i take the hockey stick, design combine it with the nuts and bolts design and then make it as sturdy as a mickey mouse design, that’s going to be our real winner. So stick around for that video or you know, i might you know, start using it in some of my other videos but yeah. If you like this content, be sure to subscribe. Leave me a comment down below.