11. March 2019 by Peter
For a few years I have been searching for those eye ball air vents that sits on the captians side and first officer side below the screens.
I found one (just one) used but the price tag was around $200 + tax and shipping. It would end up in $ 350 before I would have it in my hands. A nice touch to the cockpit but not worth that amount.
I have seen others do this with coffee capsules (Like the Nespresso / Dolche Gusto).
Let me present you with two 3D printed eye ball air vents. Total price less than $1 each.
They are printed and directly painted with some metallic paint I had from my former car. The base / mounting plate is home made (in Fusion360). I have not sanded them. Perhaps I should have done that. Especially the base/mount-plate.
They are not working. No air will ever flow out of them. But they give that look/feel to the cockpit.
For those who – in a few seconds – will ask “where can I find them?”. I all fairness towards the original creators and not to violate any copyright I better redirect you to the original file that I extracted these items from. It is a SketchUp drawings of the cockpit.
In SketchUp you will have to isolate the air vents, and then export from Sketch up (there is a stl-format export plugin).
So a huge thanks to D. Pinero, the author of the 3d models of the cockpit.