I Was Thinking About 3D Printing A Model/Toy Of The Fastest Electric Plane

Gizmo j

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I just bought a toy of the Lockhead SR-71 because it's supposed to be the fastest gas powered jet, then I was researching the fastest all-electric plane and I came across the Rolls-Royce's "Spirit of Innovation" but there was no toy of it on Amazon.

So I was thinking I can 3D print the toy and maybe sell it to people, but I've never 3D printed anything before and was wondering if I would run into any problems.
 

IndyColtsFan

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So I’m assuming since you’ve never 3D printed anything that you don’t have a printer, right? As someone who owns a business which 3D prints its products, let me just say that there is a ton of learning, experience, and expense before you make the leap to selling product.
 

deadlyapp

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Isn't this the same guy who was talking about building his own video card?
 

Kaido

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So I was thinking I can 3D print the toy and maybe sell it to people, but I've never 3D printed anything before and was wondering if I would run into any problems.
Start here:


Although plastic is pretty heavy for R/C airplanes; I'd recommend checking out 3D-printed drones instead:


3D printing is super fun! It is very finicky & requires a tinkerer's mindset & a DIY attitude to cope with all of the weird little glitches, but if you're a persistent person, it's a great hobby to get into!
 

IndyColtsFan

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Start here:


Although plastic is pretty heavy for R/C airplanes; I'd recommend checking out 3D-printed drones instead:


3D printing is super fun! It is very finicky & requires a tinkerer's mindset & a DIY attitude to cope with all of the weird little glitches, but if you're a persistent person, it's a great hobby to get into!
There’s actually a lightweight filament some RC folks use called LW-PLA. I haven’t tried it but apparently it has a sort of foaming action when heated to 230.

 
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sdifox

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A cnc mill is probably better for this. Or just pay someone to print it for you, assuming you don't run into copyright issues.
 

Kaido

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There’s actually a lightweight filament some RC folks use called LW-PLA. I haven’t tried it but apparently it has a sort of foaming action when heated to 230.

Thanks!! I've never seen that PLA before!
 

zinfamous

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First, you should get to work on that foundry you want to build in your parent's garage so that you can start that GPU manufacturing business that you've been thinking about, and then maybe you should start thinking about 3D printing?
 

snoopy7548

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First, you should get to work on that foundry you want to build in your parent's garage so that you can start that GPU manufacturing business that you've been thinking about, and then maybe you should start thinking about 3D printing?
But what if he wants to 3D print a GPU foundry?
 

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