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3D Printing

PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:32 pm
by sonex293
Now that EAA members have access to Solidworks, anyone using a 3D printer for airplane parts? Anyone willing to share design files? At some point I plan to try a Ray Allen trim servo cover.


Re: 3D Printing

PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:13 am
by cmcgeary
We have a MarkForged printer at work. It prints in nylon, with optional kevlar, fiberglass or carbon fiber reinforcement. So far, I've printed mounts for tip lights (Whelen 600s)(I wanted to mount them further out so that they could be seen closer to the aircraft from directly in front or in back). Just for fun, I also printed a replacement for the plate directly above the tailwheel. One of my co-workers had a top printed to modify an actual pistol grip into a control stick grip.
If you don't have access to a printer, we have found <> to be fast, excellent quality and reasonably priced. They use a type of 3D printing called selective laser sintering, which does not require support structures. This allows you more freedom of shapes and reduces cleanup.

Ray Allen Servo Cover 3D printer .STL file

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:51 am
by The Flying Hare
I have been working with a friend of mine that is a Solid Works professional, he has created a 2 part Ray Allen servo cover .STL file.
It looks pretty good, but then I went out in the market place to find a 3D printing company, and have been quite disappointed with the price as quoted to print the part. If anyone has access to a decent 3D printer, and wants to try a prototype print, I would be willing to share the file.....

Contact me off line, and we can go from there.....

Chris Hare
Conroe TX

Re: 3D Printing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:58 pm
by Jentree
+1 for shapeways