3D printed plane - someones thoughts and experiences.

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3D printed plane - someones thoughts and experiences.

Postby uplink » Mon May 06, 2019 11:56 am

3D printing a plane - a bit of nice experimenting going on in this guys video.

And as comes across in his 'trials and errors' and his summing up:

it is currently not that easy - takes quite a bit of time - comes out a bit heavy - is not as robust as an Eplore foam constructed plane ...and on a heavy landing, so I've been told, the various glued together sections do tend to come unstuck quite readily!

Though one would have thought this might just need the use of an alternative glue... or maybe its down to how well the connection interfaces between the various parts are designed.


But if.......

.... if that has made turned you away from trying a 3D plane from scratch, then maybe this 'video experience' might sway you back in its favor .

This time, buying the 'print files' all ready to go. You just have your 3D printer churn them out, then assemble much as you would an ARTF 'kit' plane.


And here's the link to that 3D eclipson, if you want to take a look at their offerings:


And this, I found, was your better than usual You Tube video of a 'printed' plane in flight - well edited , clear and even interesting to watch !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8RgL5h8tJ0 use this link rather than clicking on the photo, to enable full screen viewing option.

And this next guy I came across adds a lot of the 'nitty gritty' about the whole process of printing a plane, like:

saying it will take 40 to 100 hours of printing (if all goes well)... then you have to glue all the bits together and then you can fit your servos, motor and radio - and he comments that single layer printing (necessary to keep the weight down) apparently requires you spend some time fine tuning your printer, in order to get it to produce acceptable results.

To some that will sound like fun - to others, too much of a pain to bother with.

Now THAT'S a thermal.

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