Over the christmas holidays I got fired-up by Chris's posts on the makerbot...I didn't got out and buy one but I did give google sketchup and shapeways (www.shapeways.com
) a try and designed this very complex (sarcasm) brace: http://www.shapeways.com/model/77738/simplereinforcement12.html
And then it arrived in the mail today and looks just it should. So here's a picture of it on it's own, and then with it's twin brother on my helicopter. Of course, did the heli really need it? Probably not..but it was fun making it anyway.
You'll notce it's slightly bumpy but besides that it feels like normal stainless steel to me. It cost $25 including the shipping but it took almost a month to reach me here in tokyo.