I am looking for a solution to cover 450mm long x 40mm diameter aluminum tubes with 3D printed tubes. There would be 3 sections of 150mm placed end to end on the 450mm aluminum tube.
These printed tubes should be tight (they can not rotate around the aluminum tube) and should be as smooth as possible. They should be used to press photos on adhesive boards. (see video object here : https://www.mezelio.be/https-wwwmezeliobe-laminateurs-p290082html-p290082.html)
Currently these aluminum tubes are painted with epoxy paint for aluminum profiles. The result is irreproachable and very solid but the implementation is not practical, too complicated and too long (need to polish the tubes before painting, going back and forth to suppliers, need to paint too large quantities …)
I have already printed tubes with ABS and HIPS with different settings (spiralize in particular). The results are not very good. It’s too squeezing or not tight enough, the finish is not smooth enough, too fragile …
I would like to test another solution and use Inkspire with its flexible resin.
There would also be 3 sections of 150mm printed at the same time.
I hope to print 3 flexible resin tubes of the same diameter as the aluminum tube: 40mm aluminum tube -> 42mm x 40mm flexible tube (ext x int)
Do you think it’s possible?
Zortrax team, what do you think about this project?
Thank you for your answers, suggestions and comments because I have no experience with this gene printers!