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scott_mills 03-30-2018 08:07 PM

3D printing for EVERYONE
I hope everyone will eventually come to know the Absolute joys of owning a 3d printer. I have only had 1 for 3 days, and have already ran out of filament . It is the best tool in the world for Bar;s that want to clone old hard to find rockets. Thingiverse all by itself provides an awesome selection of model rocket parts, clone parts, and scale models that can be converted to flight. Here are some of the projects that I have already printed parts for downloaded from thingiverse.

1/100 falcon heavy with dragon 2 capsule PARTS
1/152 saturn 5 nose cone, and F1 engines
clone of estes titan 2 engines
1/100 Gemini Nose cone

Boy oh Boy, I need to get some more plastic filament.

UMRS 03-31-2018 07:12 AM

We have 3 of them there fantastic machines.

teflonrocketry1 03-31-2018 07:25 AM

I received my Creality Ender 2 3D printer kit just last week ($175 with 2 day shipping from and plan to clone and design a lot of model rocket parts. I ran out of filament after a few days and am awaiting an order for more. It took me about 1 hour to assemble and align the printer which gives an excellent 3D print for the price; it has a 6" x 6" heated bed with a x 9" height capability.

I have been using PLA filament, as soon as I am able to design and produce high quality parts I plan to switch over to Nylon. I am looking forward to an endless supply of rail buttons, profiled fins and custom nosecones.

For 3D designs I am trying out Autodesk 123D Design and TinkerCAD. As of now I am not very impressed with either of these programs. I want something more technical where I can input actual dimensions and get a good 3D rendering. I am impressed with the Ultimaker Cura 3D printing software that came with the Ender 2 printer, it is easy to use and has produced great 3D prints from the start.

UMRS 03-31-2018 07:44 AM

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We use Cura for all three printers. we have 2 SINDOH DP200's Kevin & Stuart :)

We need to get a photo of BoB, hes a PROMEGA from M3D 12" square platform.

stefanj 03-31-2018 09:30 AM

I'd like to get a 3D printer eventually. I'm not an early adopter. I joke that I'm waiting for one that has input hoppers that accept plastic soda bottles and aluminum cans.

I think a laser cutter will be the first hi-tech shop equipment I splurge on.

scott_mills 03-31-2018 01:07 PM

Creality is great, I got the CR 10. Hey here is a quetion for all you print heads out there, has anyone ever trid printing a wrap? I mean thos rafts around the parts are pretty darn thin and flexible. I will probably try it, when I get my shipment of filament.

teflonrocketry1 03-31-2018 09:21 PM

I have a similar idea instead of decals just print a thin wrap for a body tube, if the print is flexible enough the print might not need to have a curved or profiled surface to it. I think this will work, the problem is how to fasten it down to the body tube. I have been thinking I could print the wrap directly onto a piece of clear tape or clear sticker paper. For scale models, bolt and screw heads could be printed in relief on the wrap.

I saw a video on Maker's Muse that used spray paint on the filament to change the color of the 3D print. I was wondering if I could use a brush on type paint to get a similar effect and allow me to change colors during the print without having a separate extruder for each color.

olDave 03-31-2018 09:30 PM

On that note (sort of)---
What about a good, home-hobbyist-sized laser cutter for making our own custom centering rings?

I know nothing about these machines except (on the websites I have been searching) they seem to be way oversize for my needs, and offer no information about ability to cut cardboard or thin ply. I am looking for something maybe 6x6 inches, although my current need is only for something that could do 4x4 work. Surely there must be something out there that doesn't cost an arm and a leg....

teflonrocketry1 03-31-2018 09:44 PM

Chris Taylor of has 7 (or more) Creality Ender 2 3D printers and is busy cranking out centering rings, motor retainers and lots of other model rocket parts, visit his YouTube channel at:

The Ender 2 printers are quiet and don't take up much space, they can easily fit into a 16 inch square space.

scott_mills 03-31-2018 11:03 PM

I can't find the maximum print size other than in pixels, however this is closer to the size of a laser engraver that you wanted, and the price is not too bad. I am still considering one for myself to cut fins and such. You might be able to find it cheaper on Ali Express.

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