For those of you who may have suspected that nothing was happening over the last two weeks think again 🙂
We have been hard at work on doing the distribution drawings for the Presentation Throttle Quadrant, ordering materials, placing orders for waterjet cutting and the 3D printing of the handles etc.
The latter was ordered from Shapeways in the USA and arrived here in South Africa a week later. We were very impressed with:
- the promptness,
- the amount of information available on each component throughout the manufacturing process and
- The great quality of the prints
The components were all printed in “Black, Strong and Flexible” Nylon through the SLS process.
We were very pleased with the way the coarse threads on the throttle handle had come out, and it provides a very strong neat connection while giving easy access to the bomb release button installation.
We had the airscrew handle printed in Premium finish. This entails polishing of the part to reduce the graininess normally associated with SLS. The results, which admittedly are nice, however do not justify the significant extra cost in our minds.