About a year ago, Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck. I started and stayed firmly in the “it looks cool” team while everyone kept flip-flopping on what they thought of the first full stainless production vehicle since the Delorean. A month or two later I was bored and thought of how cool it would be to have an esk8 built like the Cybertruck. I was also inspired by @moestooge’s steel tube + “bucket” builds.
So I loaded up inventor and made this horrendous model
I played with the idea on and off for a few more months until I decided actually try. I ordered some laser cut parts from SendCutSend (they paid, sponsored?) and see what happens. This was the result:
This design did not take into account how it would be assembled so each panel was separate. This was simply to see if the idea was worth pursuing at all. I liked how it turned out and started to do research on bending. This led me to leave Inventor and switching to Fusion360. With the new software and some help from Staloff Brothers Custom Metal Fabrication in Jersey City, NJ I was able to create this.
This was another proof of concept and had basically zero attention to detail. We ended up using it as practice for welding the final version. Speaking of the final version, here she finally is
None of this would have been possible without my buddy Frank. He welds MRI machines for Phillips, I’m lucky to have a friend as skilled as him. You should follow his welding page if you’re into stacking nickels.
Okay, she’s not really “final” but structurally she’s 80%
I didn’t want to make this project public until now for two reasons:
1: I was not confident in getting someone skilled enough to weld this together
2: So you guys don’t talk me out of it
Here’s what’s left structurally
- Measure out the top and order a lid piece
- Secure the lid somehow to the rest of the body in such a way that it adds rigidity.
- Tool-less removal
- Prevent rattle from the lid
- Insulate the inside
- Polish the outside and get rid of the welding marks
- Design and fabricate truck brackets
About the truck brackets…
Here is my current idea ready to be made. I designed these before I had the welded deck in my hands. This will lead to changes, and I want your input here.
On to the electronics & etc
- Modular 16s6p with Tesla Model 3 cells 1659Wh
- Stormcore 100D
- Custom Maytech 140kv 6374 Motors
- Kaly 4:1 Helical Gear Drive
- Kenda 200x75
- 3D Printed Spacer
- Trampa Superstars
- Single Trampa Truck for the front
- White COB LEDs in the front opening and red in the back.
- DAVEGA raw metal
- Hoyt Puck probably
I’m concerned about my remote being able to connect in this faraday cage I built. I’d appreciate an elegant way to externally mount the receiver. Also, I like that the top lid will be modular