PLA parts are much easier to print, size doesnt matter. But they are completelly useless except for decoration. Let him try print same part in ABS, and check the result
It would be much more appropriate to make that flange using mold, because it's large and pretty simple.
But I'm working on my printer and there is a good chance that I'll be able to print it in near future.
PLA seems fine for what this is. Tested by washing flange with hot water. Flange did not warp. Tested by trying to break it with my hands. No break. Note that my hands are incredibly strong. Tested by dropping onto concrete from a height of 7 feet. It made a disturbing brittle plastic sound when it hit the floor. Very minor ding on a corner. No cracks. Drop test temperature was 60º Fahrenheit. Next test will be the time test. Also called the test of time.
I would love to learn how to make a mold and learn how to make stuff from 2 part plastics. I have no time for more projects. I don't know what the strength of 2 part plastics is?
It would be much more appropriate to hire someone else to make the flange using mold. Anyone want a job? I also thought about building flange from flat stock plastic and glue or welding to hold it together.
flange04.SLDPRT => The extension sldprt is not allowed.
Please save the file and change .PDF to .SLDPRT so you can open and examine with SolidWorks.
Local 3D printer guy wants $30 each for 30 pieces. I am going to offer him $700 for 24 pieces. That's $29.17 each.
If I saw this flange sitting on a shelf in a store or a picture in a catalog, I could imagine paying $30 for it.
If my idea catches on I will change my name to The Flange Man and I will be in the flange business.