In a recent project, TriMech worked with ScaleBirds, a southeastern Connecticut company that specializes in creating replica, retro, and radial-engine powered aircraft.
Meeting design requirements
ScaleBirds needed an authentic reproduction of an iconic 1940’s joystick grip for their P-36 LiteFighter aircraft. Using the Stratasys Origin One 3D printer and a combination of LOCTITE IND406 Black and LOCTITE 3D 3843 White, TriMech was able to create parts that meet all the design and functionality requirements.
The interior of a sealed cockpit can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius on hot days, making temperature resistance a key consideration. With a temperature resistance of up to 100 degrees Celsius, LOCTITE IND406 was used for the body of the joystick grip.
LOCTITE 3D 3843 White was used to create the trigger assembly of the joystick grip to provide a distinct color differential. Additionally, this material provides exceptional durability, making it ideal for such a high-touch component.
High Dimensional Accuracy
Detail was critical to this application to create a digital replica that accurately reflects the original part. LOCTITE IND406 offers the fine detail resolution needed to create the sharp diamond knurl texture, a process that would be incredibly costly using traditional manufacturing methods.