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Old 18-08-20, 11:28 PM
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I have done some 3D printing but am more familiar with mills and other CNC cutting systems.
Don't 3D printer tool path generators do 'tool diameter' compensation for the nozzle size so that the accuracy doesn't change with the nozzle used? I would have thought that nozzle size would be fairly easily compensated for.
Yes but when you push the speeds up, the jitter can ever so slightly be out, so when I need 3 or 4 holes to line up to the nearest 100micron its a pain. I didnt want to risk hours of printing for them not to line up. There is also the issue (or non issue for some) with PLA shrinkage. Plastic shrinks as it cools.

Ive noticed that happen a few times with a 0.4mm nozzle.

I'm still an amateur with this CAD and printing so im learning along the way.

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Old 20-08-20, 01:43 PM
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Changed the shaft and made it much stronger. No more flex at all on this component.






I still need to print the plate and insert magnets, but very happy with the result. When I do the opposite side, it will go much faster as I know what to do and what to avoid.

takes just a few seconds to assemble and attach to the desk and stores in a nice small empty box in a drawer. Out of sight


The weight of the hotas does cause a slight bend in the mount but for me its fine as I am not heavy handed. If I decide to put this on Thingiverse, ill design an angular support to go underneath and attach to the shaft in the same way.
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Old 04-09-20, 02:31 PM
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So I successfully managed to trick the slicers into printing a plate larger than the default build plate dimensions. For the Ender5, its possible to print an extra 45mm on the X, and Y axis, just dont expect an easy time with the far perimeters of the bed being level even under perfect conditions.

Managed to print a model, but unless it was flat, it was a no go. Sadly I had no luck. I had to print the plate in pieces and so I went with the idea of printing half at a time.

Seemed to work out well. First copy was a failure. Due to excitement, I removed the front half from the printer too soon. Even 5min cooldown was not a long enough wait time and it literally bowed as much as a 1000R monitor. I tried to heat the bed up and let the PLA warm up and slowly flatten out, but that resulted in a flat surface, but 2% shrinkage. With that amount of change in size, nothing aligned at all. 12 hours wasted!!!!!

second half went perfect so I re did the first half and kept my patience this time.





Now that I gave both a nice 15min time to slowly cool from 60C they slotted together perfectly. The 4 holes seen align with the holes on the hotas bases them selves.




On the backside I have the 4 magnets inside so everything pops together firmly.




All that is left now is a few pins for the hotas attachment and Im good to go for MSFS or ED.
Of course, this is only one side, but I have been printing all in mulitple copies.

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Old 21-09-20, 09:09 PM
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And the Project is finally over.

Its a little wobbly on the Flight stick, however im surprised how strong it is. Its taking a hefty downward force and no sign of giving in.






And with the Hotas firmly attached. My VR nights can begin once again






When I compare them to the wooden made mounts, I prefer the wooden one. However I simply didnt have space for clutter and it was a pain to store them away. At least now, these can all fit inside an ice-cream box

So yep, 2 fully height adjustable hotas mounts that cost material wise about £25 for both sides. Slightly cheaper than the €160 each monster mounts
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Old 21-09-20, 09:35 PM
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That looks brilliant! I'm pretty jealous not going to lie. I only recently grabbed my old HOTAS out(one of the popular cheap Thurstmaster) and started playing Elite Dangerous again after a 3/4 year hiatus. Having it on my desk is super annoying. Might have to look into getting some scrap metal (quick and cheap) and make something similar


Good work man!
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Old 21-09-20, 09:39 PM
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That looks brilliant! I'm pretty jealous not going to lie. I only recently grabbed my old HOTAS out(one of the popular cheap Thurstmaster) and started playing Elite Dangerous again after a 3/4 year hiatus. Having it on my desk is super annoying. Might have to look into getting some scrap metal (quick and cheap) and make something similar


Good work man!
Thanks.

I can never go back to having the hotas on the desk anymore. Especially with ED because I need to move them or lean over to type planetary names etc. Much better this way.
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Old 21-09-20, 09:50 PM
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Thanks.

I can never go back to having the hotas on the desk anymore. Especially with ED because I need to move them or lean over to type planetary names etc. Much better this way.
Having to constantly move the throttle to type or awkwardly move around it to type is the pinnacle of annoying

At least one of us solved that problem
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