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Old 03-12-2017, 01:15 PM   #1
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Did you guys know that you can 3d print your own rc airplane, now? Here look at this..


You don't even have to draw or design your own stuff. You can if you like, but you can always just grab someone elses file and print that out. here are some websites for this effort:

https://3dlabprint.com/
http://www.3ders.org/articles/201602...-under-20.html
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:490515
http://www.yeggi.com/q/rc+plane/?s=tx
https://3dprintedrcplanes.com/

So I am saying these are great days to be involved in this hobby. I personally like to stay with the fdm printing as the light reactive resins to print in sla with are still pricey making it more expensive to rapidly prototype. The last printer I made was a success and I learned so much from it that I am empowered and ready to embark on my next project. The first ebay printer I bought and built had a max print area of 200x200x180mm. The printer I built after that could build up to 300x200x180mm. The new project is going to be 400x300x250mm. Bigger. So big that this printer is going to run off of 24v instead of 12v.
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This is the starting point for the new printer:


And it can be purchased here:
https://nl.aliexpress.com/store/prod...8576-Zb6Ea2RrZ
There is a long list of modifications that will go down on the initial build and setup of this machine to include a stronger power supply completely different control solution with touchscreen and wifi and growing the z axis by 37 or so mm. so it will be 400x337x250 build space. While I am not in to rc aircraft yet, I might well start trying to print multi rotor airframes and I do have a couple 1/10 scale rc nitro cars(hpi rs4 18ss) that I can now 3d print 1 piece bodies for instead of using the thin flimsy lexan crap.
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The printer has arrived..


This machine is completely unassembled and requires a fistful of hours thrown at it before it will be making anything. Good thing I got all this free labor to help out..


This printer is really just a starting point and I have a heavy list of modifications going down with the initial setup of the machine to make it better and more reliable. And because I have other functional printers at home now, I can and have been printing out upgrade parts for this. Like this main support piece that adds to the frames rigidity..





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And here are those parts installed..



That center support piece really holds the 3 pieces square and together. The feet slid into the aluminum extrusion nice and tight. With that done we got the print bed mounted and got the y axis stepper and belt setup..



And look this whole 1/10 scale rc nitro car fits inside the build area..

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wow

Wow, really unbelievable. What an interesting starting point.
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So I pretty much got the printer frame together. I am waiting on upgraded electronics I ordered to arrive before I start wiring it up. Sitting next to my 2 other printers really illustrates well just how big this printer is..


And I still have a z axis mod to do that promises to add 37mm to the build height.
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