30. December 2018 by Peter
After having a 3d-printer for 4-5 days I am blown away!
There are so many possibilities and many of the things that I have had difficulty finding – well I can just print them!
There are tons of 3d files available more or less ready to print. Right now my printer is making the eye ball air vents below the PFD (Primary Flight Display). I have been searching eBay for used for a few years. But $125 each was just too much. Now I am printing them at $1 each.
I know – I know. There is a huge difference between OEM-parts and 3d prints. 3d prints also need sanding to look good. More on that later. I am also printing knobs, and after some sanding they look good. I will cover that in a video.
I have also been searching for the last parts for my side walls. As an example the air vents next to the seats. It is impossible to find an air vent 10 cm wide. I have looked almost everywhere. But – voila I found a 3d-file and can print them. There are so many things available out there. Almost entire cockpits. And this goes for both the B737 but there are also many A320 parts.
One of the things I really like about this hobby is peoples willingness to help each other. It is quite unique!! It really warms to see how people are helping, sharing and giving good feedback.
At this point I am close to recommend everyone to buy a 3d printer at some point. Not as the forst thing. There are MIPs and overheads to be build. But once you have a functional sim and start looking at eye candy like knobs, handles, lamps – you should buy a 3d-printer.
I hope you can understand why I am exited. The things I have spend a long time looking for I have right at my hand now – just a print away.