Some other "Shapeways" orders displayed in this forum inspired me to design some of my own stuff. This Mount Tray was designed primarily to give me an idea of the quality from shapeway's printers and get an idea of the material properties. I have not done any structural testing, however ill do my best to describe what i received.
- Made for Bixler 1.1, although it does fit my legacy 2012 1.0 ? Bixler with some small differences.
- The clear canopy will still fit over the mount and electronics. May take some creativity to make easily removable
- GPS tray is for a uBlox-6.. unsure if other gps's have the same hole pattern.. but you can make it work with others
- APM 2.5 or 2.6 with Case fits snug laterally in Tray , slides forward/aft longitudinally
- Receiver tray is for Turnigy 9x Reciever, but my 9XR Orange 9 channel reviever would fit also
-Material choice- "strong and flexible" from the shapeway menu, with white color.
-Most walls are 2mm thick, some are 3mm
-I do not have an exact weight yet, but it is significantly lighter than any mount i have used, including the laser cut wood mount available at hobby king.
I- have not stress tested it, but my impression is that it would take an significant impact to break this mount even with the thin walls. It's elastic characteristics make it feel stronger / more flexible than wood. its is more flexible than injection molded plastic, but probably not as rigid.
-All measurements were done with a micrometer on the Bixler. (no 3d scanning or drawings to go by) It fits perfect with my initial un-wired fit check.
- I plan on using zip ties and/or Velcro strips to fix the GPS and APM 2.5 to the mount / plane (I have used on other mounts with good success in the past)
Fire away with any questions. In conclusion, i am very satisfied with the quality i received, and it exceeded my expectations in weight / strength / precision. The only downfall i can mention is that this was $40.00 US, and that's a right on my threshold for too much for a cockpit mount. But my understanding of what i can create in the future was worth the cost.
If ANYONE is willing to print this on a Makerbot replicator or "equivalent" extrusion home 3D printer, I would gladly pay you a reasonable amount just to compare quality and materials.. or At least send me a photo!! I really want to dive into this 3D printing, once i know what a Makerbot is capable of!
Link to Shapeway Part