It's for prototypes. Mostly things that will be made of plastic. Not necessary for them to be super strong so I think a 3d printer would be a cheaper option ?
That is impressive.I’ve got a Prusa Mark 3S that I got as a kit and have become a bit of a Maker-Nerd I guess.
I’ve used it for some Jabiru based stuff but nothing structural or requiring absolute strength. Some are pretty basic due to my just learning.
I just use TinkerCAD to design things and the Slicer program that comes with the printer to make the guide files that the printer itself needs.
I have tried Fusion 360 CAD program but Fusion 360 is pretty intensive learning and requires a lot of getting used to. so I tend to just stay with TinkerCAD which is a simple free online CAD designed for school kids. It’s About my level! ?
So my list of bits:
Dash bits - Instrument hole blanking plug
Small plate to hold USB extension plug from the sky view.
Clips to hold sun visor up when not in use. Headphone cradle for the control/battery box on my Light speed Zulus
Camera mount for my 360 Fly “ball” camera on the vertical stabiliser.
There’s not a lot of things I’ve made for the Jabiru specifically compared to other stuff in the workshop or round the house because I’ve been worried about structural strength.
Some have to be heat resistant if they are going to be permanent in the cabin.
ABS plastic has the highest melting temps of the simple, easy to use plastics and is used for some motor vehicle parts but I’ve seen some examples where even they have melted so I’ve been a bit careful.
I’d be keen to see what other makers/jab owners/pilots have done and extend my experience.
I think it’s “horses for courses!”
Like everything it depends on your budget.The main use of a desktop 3D printer is for prototyping. It takes a very long time to print an object of substantial size as each layer put down is often only about 1 mm thick. Once the prototype has passed "proof of concept", then the drawing the 3D G-code was developed from can be used to generate the CNC G-code for use in a milling machine.
That Ender 3 looks just the thing for an intitial foray into 3D printing. Just note the points in this review: https://all3dp.com/1/creality-ender-3-3d-printer-review/
Looks like attention needs to be given to the leveling of the base of the frame - no giggy.
I’d probably be more concerned about the first two ( Quality and support) and not be as driven by the last two because they are not product specific. Libraries store their designs as common format files. The xyz library as well as about a dozen other libraries that are available are open to everyone. You can have a totally different printer but still download the files for printing. Same with the cad software. There are a bunch of CAD programs available and they work independently of the printer type. Many are free and are often cutdown versions of the major industry ones.Support, Quality and an endless supply of ideas and cad ware are the main things to look for. XYZ Printing has hundreds and thousands of free dowloads for printing.
I have a dA Vinci 1.0 Aio all in one 3D Printer (Scan/Edit/Print) for sale.
The images tell the story. It has had only 14hrs use. This printer will scan an object and print as well.
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