On Mon, 26 Nov 2012, Ethan Dicks wrote: > On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 4:43 AM, <email@example.com> wrote: >>> I think this is a perfect example of something that should be cloned and 3D printed. 3D printers start at $500 these days and can easily reproduce almost any plastic part. It would probably take less than 10 cents in plastic for a replacement lever. > > While there is less than $0.10 in plastic in a lever, a $500 printer > is not likely to deliver the surface finish most people would find > "nice". Functional? Sure. Aesthetic? Not really. > To get a glass-like finish a lot of folks are either "gassing" the part with Acetone fumes or brushing it on. Both methods will give you a good finish. > The newest rounds of firmware for low-end (sub $5K) 3D printers has > brought 100-micron layers to filament printing. This is three times > thinner than the standard settings of even recent models of hobbyist > 3D printers. Of course, it takes three times longer to print items, > but the surface smoothness is quite remarkable by comparison. > Sub $1K in some cases. :) A friend of mine produced a 90 micron print on his Rostock MAX - the kit is $849. ABS was used. g. -- Proud owner of F-15C 80-0007 http://www.f15sim.com - The only one of its kind. http://www.diy-cockpits.org/coll - Go Collimated or Go Home. Some people collect things for a hobby. Geeks collect hobbies. ScarletDME - The red hot Data Management Environment A Multi-Value database for the masses, not the classes. http://www.scarletdme.org - Get it _today_! Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2012-11-26 18:00:49
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