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Title: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Trevor Hale on January 15, 2018, 06:27:27 PM
Hey Guys,

Been Playing with the Printer and came up with speaker grills for my Cockpit speakers.

I will post pics when Its done printing.. Even has the protruding Beech Logo. LOL

Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: jackpilot on January 15, 2018, 07:13:08 PM
Shows you how deep we are in insanity..... :D :D
Well done Trev , 3D printing allows the wildest contraptions.

Just for fun, I could'nt find suitable vents for the side of the 73 cockpit and one day I stared at my pick up truck radio grills and... bingo the truck lost parts !! :D
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Trevor Hale on January 15, 2018, 07:14:47 PM
Shows you how deep we are in insanity..... :D :D
Well done Trev , 3D printing allows the wildest contraptions.
Just for fum, I could'nt find suitable vents for the side of the 73 cockpit and one day I stared at my pick up truck radio grills and bingo the truck lost !! :D

LOL  More expensive to replace your grills, then buy a 3D Printer LOL
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: jackpilot on January 15, 2018, 08:05:15 PM
Truck is a rusted and trusted 84 and will end its life without grills...  :D
Good truck!
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Sam Llorca on January 16, 2018, 06:26:54 AM
Love them Trevor!

Well done.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Joe Lavery on January 16, 2018, 07:55:22 AM
Nice job Trev,

I'd be interested to see how smooth the surface is when they're finished. I've resisted buying a 3D printer for that very reason, most of the examples I've seen look more like they were knitted than printed... :)

Joe.   :2cw:
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Trevor Hale on January 16, 2018, 10:04:09 AM
Well Joe, I did a test print last night with a 0.3mm later height and it took 4 hours for each.  It’s smooth but not production quality. If I changed to a .1mm layer height it would be smooth as glass and would take 11 hours to print but would be production quality.  I am learning the settings and that takes time. With more practice each of my prints get better and better.


Practice makes perfect.


Trev
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Joe Lavery on January 18, 2018, 04:26:19 AM
Thanks Trev, good to know. What make and model is your printer?
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Trevor Hale on January 18, 2018, 07:56:16 AM
I bought a monoprice Maker Select 3D V2.0 Printer (Basically a Wanho Duplicator i3).

I am very happy with it.  Been printing NON STOP.    I will post pics of the speaker grills this weekend. 

Trev
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Joe Lavery on January 18, 2018, 10:49:59 AM
Look forward to seeing them.
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Trevor Hale on January 20, 2018, 02:52:47 PM
As Promised here are the finished pics. I have 2 of them to mount. Keep in mind this was with a 0.3mm layer height and minimal sanding. Could have done a 0.1mm layer height and likely would have been smooth as a baby’s bum.


Trev
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Ed on January 20, 2018, 04:52:42 PM
Very nice job Trevor! Is there a big learning curve to producing printouts from scratch?
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Trevor Hale on January 20, 2018, 05:18:25 PM
Not at all, in fact the biggest learning curve is Making sure the printer bed is level and at the right height, and clean before every print.
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: jackpilot on January 20, 2018, 07:37:35 PM
amazing !
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Joe Lavery on January 21, 2018, 01:09:38 AM
Nice job Trev, both in the design and printing.

For me the time factor to make production quality parts is still a bit of an issue, but I'm sure like ink jet printing the manufacturers will improve both.

I understand there is a company I read about, who use a different method that entails a reservoir of liquid, where the product is printed using laser technology.
The results are spectacular but the cost (presently) is out of scope of (most) home users. They are working with Mercedes to produce spare parts on demand, which will save the distributors keeping vast amounts of parts in stock. Apparently they can print most plastic parts in about 15 minutes.



I'd be interested to see what a small part at the highest resolution looks like from your machine Trev!  :idiot:

Joe.
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Fcoq on January 23, 2018, 12:40:10 AM
Good job Trev!!!

Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Sam Llorca on January 23, 2018, 07:44:41 AM
That's awesome!
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: RayS on January 24, 2018, 12:11:04 AM
Trevor,

I may be interested in 2 of those speaker grills. PM me with price/info.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Beechcraft Speaker Grills
Post by: Trevor Hale on January 24, 2018, 08:09:15 PM
Ok after Much Tinkering I finally have something "Detailed" Worth Showing.   When I say Detailed I mean Detailed.

This "Annunciator Cover" is 12mm X 5mm And its still a work in progress.