…One company is using 3D printing to create airplane parts of another kind. Alex Breitkreutz, and his company, IFlyTailies.com, have been in the business of selling parts for RC airplanes for quite some time now. Recently, however, Breitkreutz decided to begin utilizing some of his design skills, in combination with 3D printers, to create custom, one-of-a-kind RC airplane parts.
“I offer scale accessories for RC model airplanes and helicopters,” Breitkreutz tells 3DPrint.com. “Unless the products are individual items, I mostly offer products that require a mix of manufacturing techniques. 3D printing has helped me [in] creating a lot more detail in a much shorter time. As a basic rule, you can say that most of the items that stand up from the panel, [that we offer], have been 3D printed.”
3D printing gives Breitkreutz the ability to create parts on a one-to-one basis if he wants, as well as to completely customize pieces for individual customers. Of the photos you see in this article, Breitkreutz tells us that all of the switches, knobs, levers, buttons, imitation lights, control sticks, seat frames, and ignition switches have been 3D printed. 3D printing allows for him to create “almost any cockpit accessory with stunning detail.” …
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