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Question... are these videos finished?
Yes in terms of animation and general layout/direction but they’re not final articles. This is the reason they’re still unlisted videos as I wanted to hear the communities feedback as you will all be looking at then with fresh eyes.
Your point on what components are secured with is a good example. The rods and trigger mech within the grip are all effectively push/tolerance fits, without necessarily the need for glue. I haven’t specified to glue these components as something might be assembled wrong, and the part damaged when trying to rectify the mistake however, I may add an appearing glue symbol on parts that might need it in the future. Generally speaking, the fit on the PLA parts is good enough that you don’t usually need it.
In regards to screws and fixings, any location where a screw is tightened with a large amount of torque/force, it is winding into a steel nut. The threads will not strip.
However, some components are either too small to house a nut, or are aesthetic/non load bearing components and the screw is wound in ‘snuggly’ and effectively ‘self-taps’ on the relatively soft plastic. I will be supplying a printed ‘hole test cube’ that has a selection of M4 and M3 holes you can use with M4 and M3 screws as practice to help get a feel of tightening up screws directly into PLA plastic. I think you’ll be surprised at how well it holds up. Worth noting that this isn’t massively widespread across the kit, most screws wind into either steel nuts or aluminium frames.
Any parts liable to crack have been redesigned so they don’t (I’ve cracked a lot of ZF1 components making this!)