Boeing 737 - 3D Printed FMC
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The ultimate printer I can recommend is the Bamboo Labs X1 carbon with AMS if you have deep pockets. ($1200). It's a massive leap forward in 3D printing, with excellent quality and impressive speeds. Its pretty much press print and go as the software and hardware do the calibration before each print. This printer will not manage the larger parts and you are going to need the CREALITY CR10 v3, which is my second choice of printer.
It's taken months to produce this fully back lightable 3d printed model of the 737 FMC. It tried to get as much design detail into the unit to make it stand out. Hundreds of buttons were printed in trying to find the correct type that would work well and look good. The carry handle is a separate moving print to add to the authenticity.
It's based around the Cheap 5" LCD display available from eBay. Please ensure you get the driver board as well with your purchase.
Please check out the final build photos. The text is raised to allow true liteflow performance (backlighting) and works amazingly with resin prints. This also works with filament prints but the text is not as crisp.
The parts can be printed on an Ender 3 bed which requires the 220mm x 220mm bed size. The design is split into two parts to achieve this. There is also the single-piece version that can be printed on a bed size of 300 x300mm like the CR10v3.
This design includes 4 different STL versions to suit your needs:
1) Embossed Text for filament printers
2) Engraved text version for filament printers
3) Embossed Text for resin printers
4) Engraved text version for resin printers
This is a simple build! mainly consisting of a faceplate and backplate. There are lots of buttons to print! (69) The time-consuming part is the wiring of all those tactile switches. Some may find this a little difficult. But if you want a cheap working unit that can be built at home, this is it!