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12-13-2013 08:37 PM  5 years ago
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Vaderluck

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3D printing for heli canopy, parts
I wonder anyone consider using 3D printing to make a canopy or even parts.
It may be not cost effective now but I think it will be soon.
The way I crash, I think I need to make parts myself now.
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12-13-2013 08:48 PM  5 years ago
RM3

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The problem is not the 3D printer...the issue is the plastics available for the printer that can be heat extruded and yet bond with the previous layer...some plastics are strong, but only when the whole part is heat injected as one piece. The process is evolving at a breakneck speeds though.showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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12-14-2013 02:27 AM  5 years ago
Slowpoke

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There is a guy in the Blade 350QX quad forum that is making camera mounts for the the GoPro cameras with a 3D printer.
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12-14-2013 04:17 AM  5 years ago
Craigdieslemac

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There is a company producing lower receivers for AR-15's using this procedure, they openly share it on some website. For those who don't know, the lower receiver holds the butt stock on which houses the buffer spring. That was their biggest challenge, to keep that from breaking off.. They got it figured out.. I wouldn't doubt if int he very near future a LHS wouldn't be able to print you a new part.Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
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12-14-2013 05:57 AM  5 years ago
AWittleWabbit

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Printing for canopy molds would be cool. I don't think the plastic they use would be good for canopies though.Heli-itis sufferer.
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12-14-2013 12:36 PM  5 years ago
Four Stroker

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Maybe someone could 3D print servo connector shells that fit Futaba HD pins and plug into JR receivers.
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12-14-2013 04:54 PM  5 years ago
jbdww

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I use my 3D printer for no critical parts, like tail fins, landing gear, GPS holders, JR satellite antenna holders. etc.. I WOULD NOT use a 3D printer to make stuff like blade grips, main gears etc.. as the plastic is not strong enough and 3D printers are not perfect. I also do not think it will work to make a canopy as you would need supports, and once you clean out al the supports the canopy might be to heavy.Skids Up
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