Sons Of The Forest: How to Get and Use the Printed Sled

Trying to locate the Printed Sled in Sons Of The Forest?

Similar in function to the turtle shell from The Forest, the Printed Sled is exactly what it sounds like, a 3D-printed snow sled (or toboggan, depending on where you are from) that allows players to ride down mountainsides with childish glee while completely avoiding the consequences of fall damage.

While this item may seem like a fun diversion at first glance, the sled is one of the fastest ways to get around in Sons Of The Forest and can save your life when trying to escape enemies.

How to get the Printed Sled in Sons Of The Forest

Using the 3D Printer
Using the 3D Printer to Print

As you likely gathered from the name, the Printed Sled cannot be crafted normally. Instead, it must be printed using one of several 3D Printers inside bunkers around the map. Cycle the attached computer until you see the sled icon on the screen.

Make sure you have plenty of Printer Resin handy, though, as this sled will cost a whopping 1000ml, requiring a completely full printer to create in one go.

How to use the Printed Sled in Sons Of The Forest

Holding the Printed Sled
Using the Sled in the Snow

With the sled equipped, jump and then press the attack button (default left-click) to hop into the sled. The player will now begin to slide downhill if at all possible, picking up or losing speed depending on the incline of the terrain.

It is possible to steer the sled while riding it by pressing the right and left movement keys (default D and A, respectively.) However, steering currently does not have much impact, especially at high speeds. Oversteering may result in sliding sideways or backward.

Press the block button to stop sliding and get off the sled (default Mouse 2) This will only work if it is feasible for the player to stand up (i.e., when not falling.) The player will also stop sledding and stand up automatically whenever they come to a complete stop.

Tips and tricks for using the Printed Sled

Floating with the Printed Sled
Floating Down a Stream

The Printed Sed is easily the fastest method of downhill travel. Climbing the mountain at the center of the island and sledding to your destination is a very viable transportation method.

Fall damage is disabled while riding the sled, meaning you can fly off the top of the central mountains at mach speed with no consequences or fear of death. The player also will not take damage if they slam into a tree or other obstacle while riding the sled.

The Printed Sled is great for traveling down rivers and functioning in shallow water like in the snow. It allows players to descend waterfalls safely and even function underwater if they are in motion.

How to equip the Printed Sled

Equipping the Sled from Inventory
Equipping the Sled from the Inventory Screen

Once you have acquired it, you can equip it by:

  1. Opening your inventory
  2. Panning the mouse far above and to the left of the crafting mat
  3. Selecting the Printed Sled by left-clicking on it
  4. The inventory will close, and you will have it in hand

How to assign the Printed Sled to a hotkey

If you want to switch equipped items faster and grab your Sled with a single keystroke, you can assign it to a hotkey by:

  1. Open the inventory
  2. Mouse over the Printed Sled far above and to the left of the crafting mat
  3. With your mouse over it, press one of the ten available hotkeys (1-0) to assign it to that key
  4. Now when you press the assigned key, it will automatically be actively equipped.


Can the Printed Sled break?

No. It cannot break or take damage.

Is it possible to use a Turtle Shell as a sled?

No. Unlike the first game, the turtle shell in Sons of the Forest is only for collecting rainwater. Sorry.

Can the Printed Sled be used on terrain other than snow?

Yes. It can slide down any terrain with an incline, though it travels fastest on snow.

Can the Printed Sled be dropped or traded?

No. It cannot be dropped or traded with other players.

Final thoughts on the Printed Sled

Endnight Games knew we could never get enough of sledding off mountains in the first game. The Printed Sled in Sons of the Forest offers players all the fun of flying off a mountain and dashing through the snow and prevents the broken knees and other injuries you might normally incur on your descent.

A safe way down, a fast method of travel, and a quick escape from pursuers. This sled is much more than a toy.

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Aaron Van Dyck is a thriller novelist with a passion for survival games and exploration. He started writing at the age of 13 and has always been drawn to the sense of self-reliance and freedom found in open worlds. An avid urban explorer and RPG enthusiast, he enjoys dungeon crawling and has a particular love for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Far Cry 5, and Cataclysm: DDA. He's also a fan of shooters and action games with immersive stories and unique monsters to encounter.

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