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    PRA should explore getting one of these for our members?

    This is the future and I've met an school teacher who I let have my seat on the airline as I coming home from Mentone last year.
    He had to be back to school the next day from GERMANY so I let him have my seat.

    Anyway funny how things work out he told me of a program where one of the best and largest 3-D printer manufactures gave schools and other ORGANIZATIONS FREE 3-D printers. He was coming home from Germany so I suspect the company is German?

    The only catch the school had to paid for one or more teachers to come and put the machine together on their labor as well as pay their own Hotel and food costs etc while you got instruction and training.

    Saw this video and got me thinking could PRA do the same thing as these schools. I wish I had remembered the co name. I had no idea they were so far advanced.

    It will not hurt to try and find this GERMAN company and I'll at least shamelessly ask them? The video is not the company that makes 3-D printer the video is just a user.

    Anyone wish to volunteer
    to search the internet and see if you can discover more about this company and program!!

    I do not ignore coincidences like this EVER as in my personal life this is how God has always set my life up to be able an retire at 39... so all I have to do is show up and try.
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    We could use this to make SMALL parts not entire rides.
    We could make things like instrument panels, equipment cover boxes, brackets, beauty trim molding pieces, custom cowlings and so much more?

    What else can you think of we could use this for?
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    John,

    From my understanding of this technology, it is not really ideal for manufacturing custom production parts. It is ideal for making custom prototype parts to see how something would look and to change shapes quickly as you are developing a part. But it is not necessarily making a structurally sound, end user, type part, that we would want to put on one of our flying machines. While I am open to any ideas you might have, I am not sure I see how this could be really useful to us, so some additional information from you and how you see us being able to use it, would be helpful to me, to understand what you are proposing.
    Doug

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    Hi Doug I believe you are correct Doug prototyping and mold making seems it best use!

    I just thought it would a cool toy and know that as a 1st adapter myself in life that those who learn 1st often develop the market at great profits. Like Standard Oil, the wright Brothers, and Apple Computer did.

    If we could get one for free the members may define the use of it for us?

    If not what do we have to lose if we ask?
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    I suspect to get one we would have to setup some forum of teaching program other to the general public!

    That's I suspect is what they realize that the more young people trained on their machine they more will buy and use theirs as they grow up with the industry.

    So what we would be force to do anyway is ship it to all chapters.. Advertize for FREE training in each chapters state and the bait and switch as many as we can to flying rotorcraft?

    It's all I got for now!
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    I'm not sure how portable this machine is, but with so little happening in Mentone, (other than once a year) I am not sure that would be a good place to have it set up. But if we could find a chapter that had members that would use it and be willing to share or each others about how to use it, it might could be done under the PRA name. Feel free to learn more about it and spread the word and see what kind of interest it develops. Who knows where something like this could lead to. It certainly is cool technology and if we could find a way to tie it in to something of value for our sport, that would be wonderful

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    Right now Team PRA could use this to make molds for beauty component box and wire covers?

    I hope someone will try and discover the company so we could at least ask?

    Send it and one of our instructor from chapter to chapter advertize free schooling my qualify us a a Free public school?

    One of the Chapter leaders would have to step up and become each chapter trainer. Then the volunteer could go home and anwser by email or phone?

    This chapter trainer would also have to become a volunteer instructor and at least join the email and phone support team?

    It's probably pie in the sky but you never know until we try?
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