Ev3 Tracked Explor3r

Today, I finally post the pictures of the Ev3 Tracked Explor3r that I’ve built using the Lego Mindstorms Ev3 and programmed in Python with the Ev3Dev firmware. This model is a MOC (my own creation) so its full building instructions are available here.

This model does not use only the parts of the Lego Mindstorms Ev3 retail set, but I first designed it using Stud.io from Bricklink and then bought the missing parts – mainly the track links and the associated wheels.

When you actually build the model, you will notice that there are some steps of the building instructions where you have to force a bit the parts to get them in their designed place. However once the parts get in place, no part remains under stress.

In the end the model looks nice, however I admit there is space for improvements to get it sturdier.

Python code

I’ve started to code the Ev3 Tracked Explo3r using Python and the Ev3Dev firmware. The final goal is to control the vehicle remotely via a WiFi TCP/UDP connection. So the first step is to code the vehicle side of the connection.

The work is still undergoing, but you can have a look at this GitHub repository.

Update 24/02/2018: ev3dev application to drive remotely the Ev3 Tracked Explor3r is now available for download!

Update 08/04/2018: have a look at the video!

Ev3 Tracked Explor3r pictures

And here comes the pictures! Please don’t forget to rate this post; comments are welcome!

Ev3 Tracked Explor3r

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Ev3 Tracked Explor3r built with Lego Mindstorms Ev3 and programmed with Python and Ev3Dev

Latest pictures of the Ev3 Tracked Explor3r vehicle
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8 thoughts on “Latest pictures of the Ev3 Tracked Explor3r vehicle

  • December 25, 2017 at 9:53 am


    • December 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you very much!

    • January 7, 2018 at 11:18 am

      Hello Peter,

      Thank you very much for your interest in my blog 🙂 !!!
      Please feel free to link from your project on GitHub.
      Currently I’m working on a ev3dev library that should allow remote control of the Ev3 unit via TCP/UDP. The library itself is almost ready while I’m now developing the control application which should run on Windows. The target is the tank 🙂

      I will let you know when I reach a good point.


    • November 30, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Hello Retno,

      Glad you’re interested!
      Hopefully, I will be able shortly to upload a new video of the Ev3 Tracked Explorer Mark II that will feature an on board camera. It’s very exciting to drive a rover and exploring the environment even when the rover itself is out of sight!

      A presto!

    • April 5, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you! I will try to do better next time; any concrete suggestions?
      In the meanwhile, have a look at the newer version here!



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