Take and Make: Reuleaux Car

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The Reuleaux Car

The pieces are below, and an AI, SVG, and Corel File are available here.  The file has a laser etch on the big wheel to guide the placement of the smaller piece.  Glue two small pieces to one side and two large ones on the other side.  The wheel holders work by sliding so you can install the small section in the square, and then slide the other side into place.  Here’s the video of the car rolling

And here’s a video/cartoon that our car is a replica of or see picture below.


This project was inspired by a post on twitter.   The video and graphics by Mathematical Etudes make the math and mechanics of this really clear.

Pro tip – Not shown is paraffin wax which really helps everything move.  Wax the wheel sides before you put them in.   If you treat the wheels like a fidget and just work them a bit the motion gets smoother.  Also rolls best on a mouse pad or other tacky surface.  Or try some puff paint – the kind to make your socks grip the floor.  Have fun!

There is an amazing repository of actual made Reuleaux devices at Cornell University — check it out to get inspired!.

And then at the end glue one more piece on top.

Here are the parts to make 2 cars (but use the CAD Files):


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