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Printed Treads and a new BBot

Just got our hands on a new Taz6 3D Printer from Lulzbot! We’re going to break it in attempting to print treads for the BBRover tires out of Ninjaflex


10 hours later… We got a great looking tread with a nice snug fit around our stock BBRover tire, but we’re going to push the Taz6 to its limits and go bigger


The new bigger design was a success! Really happy with the results from the Taz6. With a little help from our magic glue (stuff sticks to everything), we’ve got new treads for our BBRover Monster Truck edition, and it’s ready for action. Big motors, big tires, big wheels, big fun


After completely shredding the EPP wheels on the BB Monster Truck going 20mph straight into doing donuts, we’re seeing a lot of value from the Ninjaflex tires.  That stuff is TOUGH. We’re still not getting the traction to climb stairs like we were hoping, but it might just have the speed we need to convert into a launcher for our plane (hint hint wink wink)

Tread comparison

Alright, we just can’t stop playing with new treads until we’ve finally climbed something! We’re working on a new variation of BBRover which we are convinced will get the job done. Here’s a sneak peek

Tank Tread

One side complete! Sized to fit a BBRover setup with the Shorty BrainBox and modified BBRover wheels. There is enough stretch in the Ninjaflex tread that it fits snuggly. The new wheels have teeth which engage the slits on the tread, ten at a time. Initial tests show it stays on fine while spinning. Waiting for the other side to finish printing, more tests to come


Introducing the newest member of the ever growing BoxBotix family, we’re calling this one the BBTank. This little guy should finally have what it takes to tackle some rock obstacles


Went out looking for rocks to climb, came across something even better. A short walk from the office and we found ourselves an awesome little urban obstacle course to put the BBTank to the test


Awesome results for both the BBTank and printing treads out of Ninjaflex. We’ve already got grand plans to modify our tread design so it can be printed in sections and pinned together. This allows us to scale our tank tread to fit any size requirement. From there we can make a tread that fits a full sized BBRover, or a shorty version with wheels big enough to drive upside down or right side up. Our urban obstacle course shows the potential for the BBTank to traverse through places like construction sites, war zones, areas suffering from natural disasters, etc. We think the BBTank is here to stay

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Build Instructions

We have shipped all of our Kickstarter Backer Kits and have shifted focus to completing our documentation.

We are going to host our documentation and community on Wevolver.   We have started the process of documenting the build steps and you can see an example here.  We suggest getting a Wevolver account so you can follow along and help build the community there.  We will also copy the instructions to a PDF so you have the ability to print them out and use them in the shop.

Our goal is to have the documentation done by end of April.  Store opening will coincide with the completion of our documentation.



Team Rocketship




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Kickstarter Goal Met

Thanks to all of our Backers we met our Kickstarter Goal!  So far the plan is progressing well.  We have all of the small parts and carbon fiber ordered, and are working with a few vendors on the final details for the kit parts that need outsourced machine work.

To keep our Backers informed we will post updates on the Kickstarter site.  You can follow along here…

Once we get all of our Backer Kits shipped — by end of March 2016 — we will be opening our web store here and hosting a new community (plan is for a forum with integrated email similar to Google Groups).

Meantime, if you have any questions feel free to use the comment section or email us via the contact form.

BBPlane Full Kit
BBPlane Full Kit