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Old 11-09-2017, 09:17 PM
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Each 3d printed part might take between an hour and 5 hours to make. But once you get it all dialed in you can make a bunch of them with no real headache.

In all honesty, unless you really know how a 3d printer works, it would be difficult to model or really understand how the cad might print. I could make one offs or custom stuff, but it is extremely labor intensive if stuff doesn't go right.

Lets pretend 20 people wanted a plastic bracket or wing brace for a gws tiger moth. It wouldn't be too big of a deal to make 20 of them, then from that point for words it would be a simple click and print with just build time.

However, making 20 different one off parts could take a month or two in free time to produce all the parts. Then to add, not everyone will understand the benefits or limitations if the plastic. It can be made to replace a production quality part, but it may have to be thicker or built different to allow it to be printed properly and strong enough. These are the same limitations that companies face, but they are also built in bulk on a mass scale usually.

I'm not looking to make money, just want to help someone get an old bird in the air without too much effort or cost. If its a discontinued price that you break all the time, we could make a better and stronger version.
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