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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

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Markforged has published some gorgeous Metal X printed part examples with material cost in US dollarsand the layer resolution the part was printed at. Lower resolution yields a faster print. Very exciting stuff! Sprocket – $12.56 80m Request Demo Bracket – $33.51 50m Injection Mold Cavity – $45.93 50m Metal X is destined to be a game-changer. If you would like a quote please contact us.

Laser on print head scans prints for precise dimensional inspection Scan at any layer during printing Compare to design, Go/No-Go decisions Scan Accuracy: 1 um, Z-axis 50 um, X-/Y-axis Available on Mark X and Metal X Printers Request Demo

This April 25, 2017 webinar introduction of the Markforged Metal X 3D Printer had over 2000 attendees. The Markforged Metal X printer and ADAM process is a game changing technology that will have significant impact on the production of metal parts, tools, and molds. Not only lower cost, the Metal Xenables designers to rapidly explore, develop, and produce quality metal parts.The significance of weight reducing internal structures, previously unavailableto the extent the Metal-X process offers,should not be underestimated. For tool and die shops the Metal-X is a hands-off workhorse machine that increases productivity and capability with ease. For North Americaninjection molders, Metal-X is a huge opportunity to diversify customer base providing tooling inserts forMaster Unit Die. The ability to go from design to delivery of thousands of parts in a few days will be a highly valued service in great demand. To get a better understanding of Markforged Metal X watch thewebinar ; Introducing

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Send us your worn out original part and we will measure draw and replace it.

We provide a range of plastic and metal 3D printed options for replacement parts.

You can go beyond just replacing a part and actually improve on the original, for example strengthening an area that often breaks.

For many simple parts we dont charge drawing costs, however for more complex / curvy parts we may charge drawing fees, however we are happy to provide an estimate of drawing & parts costs based on pictures.

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Using 3D Printing to Make Traditional Marine Parts

Since its founding in 2014, SO3D Technologies has quickly become a leading name in the additive manufacturing industry. The firm began with components for small craft, and its business has expanded to include the electronics, medical products, automotive, aviation, architectural and design industries.

SO3Dis especially known for combining additive manufacturing (3D printing) with traditional manufacturing methods like investment casting. Unlike the other 3D printing processes that have made news in the maritime sphere in recent years, like RAMLABs 3D-printedpropelleror the U.S. Navys 3D-printedsubmersible, S03Ds technology accelerates the timeline for casting metal parts. The final product is made using the same methods that suppliers of marine equipment have relied on for decades. SO3D is also known for its 3D CAD design services, which range from supplementing the work of a clients own team up to the management of the clients entire design requirements.

The Maritime Executive Magazine spoke recently with Will Howden, SO3Ds CEO, about the potential of 3D printing to revolutionize product development, prototyping and the spare parts supply chain for marine equipment.

What advantages can you offer to maritime manufacturers and operators?

The big service that were emphasizing now is our print-to-investment or sand-casting process. We can turn projects around in a fraction of the time of traditional manufacturing processes. Our 3D print times vary depending on the size of the part and what were looking to achieve, but they generally range from a few hours to a day. By comparison, if you go down an injection moulding route, it can take months to make the tooling before you can inject a part.

We print the part in a specially developed material, and that directly replaces the wax or wooden/metal pattern that the foundry normally uses to do the investment or sand cast method. We can do the design in the morning, make a print in the afternoon or overnight, and the foundry has the print the next morning to start their casting process. With investment casting we can get the part back within about two weeks in aluminium, bronze, copper, stainless steel or titanium; depending on what the customer needs, the turn around time on sand casted parts can be a matter of days.

For R&D, this means that the customer has a real cast part in hand that they can test and evaluate quickly and economically. They dont have to spend $10,000 or more on the tooling and then find out that the part doesnt work.

What kinds of applications does this help with?

This is advantageous for very low run production, for one-off products or for product development. The parts can also be cast and post CNC machined to tighter tolerances for mechanical applications like engine components, just like any other investment or sand cast parts.

Our method can also reduce inventory costs. The full cost per unit for the investment cast parts might be higher than a wax counterpart, but if you only need a few units now and again and you dont want the financial burden of paying for all the tooling, you can order parts as you need them.

The size limitation is not the physical size of the object so much as the weight of the casting that can be poured at once. Our foundry partner in the UK can pour up to 90 pounds, and their facility in India can pour up to 550 pounds. For most marine parts, this means objects up to about three feet in each dimension, depending on the material and form factor of the casting. With a larger foundry, it would be straightforward to make even bigger parts. With the sand casting this can be many times bigger because we can simply join parts together!

What about directly printing parts in metal, without a casting process?

To date, 3D metal printing is incredibly expensive. It makes economic sense for the aviation industry or automobile applications where weight saving can make the difference, but not for everyday production purposes.

For the future, we are working with a European company that is developing fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology, which allows you to print with a metal powder encased in a plastic binder and then sinter it to produce the final metal object. This will mean we can 3D print in metal 316SS to start with for a fraction of the cost of the powdered systems. Its very new and were learning how to use it, but were happy to start working with partners who feel that this will help cut their lead times or improve their supply chain.