Boeing X-32

Version: 1.0 (08.2023)

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Specifications/ List of Components

Project description

The Boeing X-32 is a demonstrator that competed against the Lockheed Martin X-35 (later F-35B) in the „Joint-Strike-Fighter“-program  and unfortunately lost. It is now being revived by us as a 3D printable model. Two airworthy machines of this type of aircraft were built by Boeing. The first flight of the X-32A   demonstrator took place in September 2000. The X-32B, demonstrating short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities, made its maiden flight in March 2001. The rectangular rear nozzle can be shut off for short and vertical landings. The complete thrust is then redirected downwards by one pivoting nozzle placed at the center of gravity. There are several control nozzles in the bow, stern and wings for stabilization.

General printing recommendations

Printer size25 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm (e. g. Bambu Lab X1C)
EnclosureNot necessary
SlicerBambu Studio (latest version)
Filaments usedLW-PLA (e. g. colorFabb), PLA, PA-CF low-warp Nylon (e. g. colorFabb)
Filament diameter1,75 mm
Nozzle diameter0,40 mm

Special printing recommendations for all LW-PLA components

Most components of the jets sold here are designed and optimized for a stable lightweight construction with LW-PLA. Since this foaming filament requires special parameters for successful printing, which vary from printer to printer and also from slicer to slicer, you should make your own printing tests in advance. You can find many tutorials and tips on the Internet and on YouTube.

The basic default settings we use with a Bambu Lab X1C and Bambu Studio as slicers are listed here.

You can start with that for now.

Print bed temperature 60° Celsius
Nozzle temperature 242° Celsius
Cooling  Yes 100%
Print speed 30 mm/s
Layer height 0,20 mm
Support Yes (Zickzack), for angles > 60°
Flow rate 42% – 50%
Filling pattern Gyroid (3D)
Filling level 3% – 5%
Retract Without
Number of outer layers 1-2 
Printing plate adhesion Brim, 8 lines
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