Apart from 3D printing I also fly racing quadcopters. Flying is a lot of fun but is annoying when you have to put soft packaging around your gear to protect the fragile bits. Or you have to put everything into a steel pelican case and lug that around either in the boot of your car, or wheel it behind you because it has no backpack straps.
I decided to take the plunge and start putting my kit into an old skateboard backpack as I could attach the quad to the outside using straps The only problem with this is it has no padding on the inside and the sides aren't ridged enough to safely protect the radio gimbals. This is where the protectors come in!!
As you may have read I bought a 1KG spool of Rigid.ink PLA which is fantastic. I decided the first "functional" print to try after a calibration cube was going to be the Rotor Riot Gimbal Protectors. After looking at the calibration cube seeing which settings I needed to tweak I set off the print. Two hours later I had a nice pair of white protectors.
After cleaning the print up removing the odd string and bobble that the printer left behind I had a finished product. I got my FrSky Taranis out of my backpack (great radio by the way), tested, perfect fit! They're light, strong and look badass! Great addition to my bag of tricks!
Next is to see if they are better printed in TPU as that plastic is more flexible. Could this be better for the sticks or will it be worse? Find out in the next blog post.
If you would like a set of these in PLA please click on the image above or click here