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3D Printing RC Parts is rapidly becoming popular. Many parts can be designed in your own home and then turned into a fully functioning component or at the very least a well designed prototype.  Some may choose to make just a replacement part while others may be interested in improving the component to better suit the application they intend to use the particular piece for. Rapid Prototyping is an industry given name to 3D printing as this is one of the largest strengths to the technology.

Firstly, 3D printing allows for a very large scope of designs. If you were to consider CNC milling a part, there is only a certain amount of flexibility the designer has when using a CNC mill. However, with 3D printing, the flexibility in design is rather large. Nearly any shape can be printed but could not be milled.

Secondly, cost of 3D printing has dropped drastically over the last several years. Technology is constantly increasing allowing for better and more competitive pricing. This is true for both the service of getting 3D printing done for you, and the actual printers/parts available.

Thirdly, 3D printing RC parts can be accomplished by anyone with very minimum amount of tech type knowledge. All the hard work is accomplished at the computer. This includes coming up with the design and also being able to transfer the design in to a program, ultimately producing a 3D model of a component to print. For those who do not have the time to invest and would rather just source the work out, this can be done (more on this later).

Lastly, there are many different types of filament material that can be used in a 3D printer. 3D print technology is estimated to rapidly increase over the next several years and this means more types of material will become available. There is material available to handle high strength requirements or high heat requirements. A well designed component or part made from a plastic can be designed to be quite strong proving to be useful in many RC applications.

3D Print of a wheel nearing the half way complete mark after 2-1/2 hours

3D Print complete with Raft Still Attached. Raft is a floor for the print.

You can take a look at more detail of this 3D printed RC Airplane wheel on the3D Printer  RC Projectspage.

How to get started in 3D printing RC Parts?

3D Printer Fully Assembled and Ready to Print on Arrival

This is a tough position to be in, however it is also very rewarding. The reason it is tough is there are many 3D printers available and to go from start to finish with a 3D printing project takes a considerable amount of technical knowledge. But this is why we are involved in the world of RC, we love to tinker with everything.

3D Printers are available in kit form and also fully built form much like an RC vehicle sold in hobby shops.  If you have time to invest in learning the technology to 3D print as well as designing your parts, you can be exposing your inner creativity by 3D printing RC parts from start to finish quite quickly.

3D Printed for a 3D printer where design and manufacture is up to the user.

Take a look at some of the 3D printing RC parts projects. This is an area that may provide you with ideas or printing techniques in order to get started using your own creativity for 3D printing RC parts of your own.

3D Printer Radio control airplane wheels. This 3D Printer RC project originated due to the size of the stock wheel on a fairly small plane. The plane is a multiplex minimag. When trying to take off or land in grass the plane had a tendency to nose over caused by the smaller stock wheels. New