If you don’t have a 3D printer but still wish to fly with AuthentiKit flight controls we have a solution thanks to the expanding AuthentiKit community.
The RSP scheme is administered by SimKitSupplies, our recommended provider of hardware kits. Contact Reuben at Sim Kit Supplies and he will do his best to introduce you to someone in your region who has already received good feedback from others and will print the parts you need at the Recommended Selling Price shown on the AuthentiKit website.
The RSP scheme is new and we are still formulating prices for all AuthentiKit products. In our Discord server we have a channel called #community-print-services where members of the community who do have printers offer to print parts for those who don’t. This has been in operation for several months now and there have been many happy customers of this service. Visit the community page for a Discord invitation link and you can contact people directly, however with this new Recommended Selling Price Scheme our trusted supplier will make an introduction for you.
If you are worried about the cost, don’t be ! The odds are that whatever you may spend to acquire the printed parts is around the same as an entry level printer and materials would cost you. Both are typically around $200. Being perfectly honest the cost is your time getting familiar with 3d printing and learning about its often fickle nature.
This entire project was printed on one of the most basic 3D printers available – the Ender 3 which cost me £175. I have had (more than?) my share of problems with it and I recently got an Ender 6SE which is much better engineered and I hoped would give me less trouble so I could recommend it to you guys! It has dual Z screws so the issue of friction preventing the gantry moving up smoothly should be gone. It also has auto-bed levelling and a glass bed which together solve the all important first layer adhesion problem. I am having niggles though and the print quality is poor at present so watch this space as new firmware emerges.
So what do I recommend? Creality printers are a good choice for those on a budget. Manufacturer support has not impressed me but community support is huge which is important. An Ender 3 Pro would be a good option. If you have more of a $500+ budget then a Prusa is a good option as their manufacturer support is widely praised and their build quality is highly rated. I haven’t used one.
I made a case for my printer out of sheet perspex as dust gathers over time which is not a good thing. Encased printers tend to start at $1,000+ and I don’t have personal experience of them. If you’re in that market check out all3dp.com who regularly rank printers at every budget.
I do recommend a print volume of at least 200x200x200 which rules out some of the minis.