3D printer making a Traxxas A-arm

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Was at the local hobby shop today and in came a guy from www.artlabky.com with a 3D printer. The printer was running off a LiPo battery pack and was printing a Traxxas A-arm.

Was actually pretty amazing to see in person. The printer was very light, compact and even printed upside down! Was capable of using various different types of plastics - even nylon and a carbon fiber composite material!

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Saw this on facebook. Thats really sweet.
 

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Tell that guy to start making some Tamiya Truggy A-Arms!
 

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@WoodiE, did you get to see the finished arm? If so how did it look/feel?
 
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The plastic he was using in this print was a cheaper and weaker variety and he only printed about half the arm before the batteries went dead. Even still the a-arm felt tough and would probably do fine for on-road type stuff.

That said the printer was also capable of printing nylon and even a carbon fiber composite which would have made the same arm far more durable. Seeing the nylon spool I think that would easily be able to handle backyard bashing.
 

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@vbgagnon, about $850 for the unit that was brought into the LHS.
 
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And Windows 8 has support for them built-in.
 

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Yep, but most of the current programs like Solid Works 3d have it that support built in.
 

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Buddy of mine just bought one, he is actually a member here
 

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That 850 would just be the printer, right? What about the software or the scanner?

This printer uses open source software (free) and can also be used with a program called Sketch (also free). The scanner I did not ask about, forgot to.

There are also tons of already made models online, one popular place for 3D models is http://www.thingiverse.com/.
 

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Who the heck was that? Another drive by spamming?
 
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