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    3D Printing in Cockpit Building

    Hello for all cockpit builder!

    I open new topic for the 3D printed parts and projects, to share the plans, problems, ideas.

    We have built a 3D printer with my brother, and made the first instrument bezels for home cockpit project.

    We have made many prototype printing, with very good result.

    With this technology we can make cockpit builders life a simpler.

    Some test prints from PLA:


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    And some ON topic in cockpit building:

    I making the Bae Hawk 128's MIP from 24" IPS monitor to display the gauges:

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    Printed from black ABS, it was a fast print (40 mins each) next it would finer. The ABS could be sanded, and painted, with some afterwork You can have nice surface.

    Share ideas, find new ways together!

    Regards: Gabor

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    Re: 3D Printing in Cockpit Building

    I think this post requires some attention. 3D printing is becoming more affordable and imagination is the only limitation. I have been reading around on the net about 3D printers and I can't believe I never considered one before. There could be a download section dedicated to 3D printed design, for example what about a 3D design for making ones own Throttle Quadrant, now who wouldn't want that. Remember, you don't have to own a 3D printer, you can send your designs to online companies and they will print your product for you. So come on guys, lets see some 3D designs that will benefit the whole flight sim, and builders community.

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    Re: 3D Printing in Cockpit Building

    That problem is that most 3d printers have a very small size limit, and the companies charge very high prices, making things like throttle quadrants out of the question. Even for smaller parts, it would be much cheaper to have the part printed once, then replicate it using a resin mold as many times as necesary.

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    Re: 3D Printing in Cockpit Building

    My printers have a 13" x 11" build volume (Rostock MAX). You can bang out parts all day - it's not rocket science. Even for larger things, you just print them in sub-assemblies. If you're going to go into series production, I wouldn't print the parts - I'd make a set and use them for mold masters as suggested. g.

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