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A New Cage for your IC-705

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KM9G, Dec 1, 2021.

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  1. KM9G

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    Mike N2HTT from has made an amazing 3d printed case to protect your IC-705, take a look and be sure to check out Mike's website for yours.
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  2. W1YW

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    Once again--

    PLA printing will not take any shear impulse of force--doing so will cause a major fracture of the printed structure.

    The objective of the frame is to protect the radio...but what protects the frame?

    Those handles are an invitation for fracture. Bump it hard, or drop it a few inches and the split will happen and be unreparable. UNLESS you print with ABS, which is less likely.

    Mike's files make a very elaborate device--a very nice package to print. But chalk the 3D printed frame as convenience rather than protection.( I work with dozens of 3D printers daily--when they are up and running!)

    Chip W1YW
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  3. KQ1V

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    I have one of those >$170.00 aluminum cages, which was talked about in the forum here, oh, six months ago. Worth every cent.
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  4. WN1MB

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    Appears that the right hand portion of the "cage" - the handle - will somewhat restrict access to the main tuning knob.

    The screen protector/sun screen panel, though a good idea, appears at it's extreme open position to be limited to the vertical position. If that's so, it's a pity it doesn't fold flat down on the top of the radio.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2021
  5. KM9G

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    The Windcamp ARK-705. I have one of those also and I really like it.
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  6. W1YW

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    If you already have an aluminum frame for the IC-705, why did you make a 3D printed PLA one? This has some relevance for me, as I have an IC-705 and am considering the aluminum frame. OTOH I can 3D print an ABS one...Is cost the issue?

    Chip W1YW
  7. KM9G

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    Hey Chip! Mike reached out to me and asked me to take a look. This is a high quality 3D printed case and after two field trips with the radio it has held up pretty well. I'll admit I'm still in the honeymoon phase though. I like to try out new things and share results with people. That's what excites me about the hobby.
  8. W1YW

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    Understood. Nothing wrong with that. The $170 frame is pretty expensive--but so is you time;-)

    'High quality' usually means ABS. I am sure that this is a fine project with ABS.

    It takes a lot of work to draft up the files for this stuff. People used to take several COLLEGE COURSES just to learn the equivalent of that:) I am all for encouraging that type of learning without the expense of college.

    This is actually among the best 'parts' prints I have seen in ham radio. At least we're not making cute animal figurines:)! You would be surprised how many 3D printers are sold that get about 10 hours use of less.... and usually print out toys.

    For me, the likelihood that one of our TAZ printers will fail in the ABS print is high; the ARk aluminum case is down below $120.... to me that may make more sense, but your opinion may differ.

    Chip W1YW
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2021
  9. K1KTF

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    Well frankly speaking.....Nice effort, but (honestly) it looks a bit bold against the nice lines, black case and touch screen of the IC705. Also how would I get it into my LC-192 backpack? I get the importance of a protective case but I'll just handle my 705 with care for now. BTW - I really like the lead out music at the end. 73 - Steve (K1KTF)
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  10. KM9G

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    I was going for "notice me bold" - I think a big selling point of this radio is the "hey, what's that?" curiosity as people walk by. The Elecraft KX line is fantastic in performance and capability, but it doesn't have that wow factor visual like the ic-705 or the x6100 do.
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