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07-31-2013 05:31 PM  4 years agoPost 1
Brian Bennett

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Should be easy to make a canopy and other cosmetic embellishments -especially for the scale guys. Kalt owners should be begging for parts no longer available.

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07-31-2013 05:36 PM  4 years agoPost 2
Carey Shurley

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I know some of the scale experts like Peter Wales are printing some of their own stuff as are companies like CineScale Helicopters. Peter has some threads on here about it.

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07-31-2013 05:37 PM  4 years agoPost 3
Brian Bennett

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lots of free designs for download here to give you an idea of what can be done if you are not familiar.

http://www.thingiverse.com/categories

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07-31-2013 07:45 PM  4 years agoPost 4
FlyAway02

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Hmmm... My dad made a good few kits with his cnc router. He was going to start selling kits, but decided against it. Meh.

Edit: Plane kits, not heli. Lol

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07-31-2013 08:04 PM  4 years agoPost 5
MartyH

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I have been following 3D printing and actually invested in one of the hardware companies. They are getting better and more capable of making structural parts. I don't see them making things like canopies but any part typically machined is easily within the realm of possibility now with more to come.

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07-31-2013 10:24 PM  4 years agoPost 6
Peter Wales

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The scale community has been making parts by 3D printing for some time. A lot of guys can design in solidworks or inventor and just send the file to a bureau to print for them.

You are unlikely to see a canopy printed as you cannot print in mid air, so you need the basic shape in build material, which is cheaper then finish material, but the amount you would need to fill a canopy would probably cost around $1000 on my printer. Then the finish material would cost about $50-$100.

3D printing is most effectively done in small parts which can be assembled into a larger assembly and I have seen some amazing rendering of the gun on the front of a Cobra, made from several parts.

The model I am making now has a torpedo hanging off the side with twin contra rotating props. The mount and the props will be great fun to design and print.

Peter Wales
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07-31-2013 11:42 PM  4 years agoPost 7
G-Limo

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Hi Peter..

Could you add some 3D stuff for us to your WEB page for information? (Your software/equipment/process etc)

Thanks in advance..

/DG..

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07-31-2013 11:54 PM  4 years agoPost 8
planeflier

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My company does Rapid prototyping. I have used them to make canopy molds and other parts for test fitting. The parts are not strong enough to be used for flying parts.

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