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That looks great!!! How easy/hard is it to design in solidworks?
Barry
Well its like everything else, once you know it its easy There is a learning curve because Solidworks is very powerful and has a great deal of features. Solidworks is also very expensive for hobby use but it is less than a completed Vario helicopter.

If I was starting out right now I would recommend Fusion360 because its almost like Solidworks but free for personal use. http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/overview

I have looked into it and watched some youtube videos on some of the features, its the way to go. Allot of the users on the 3D printing sites love it.

On another note you really need a good workstation if your going to get into 3D CAD. I bought a Dell 5810 workstation recommended by solidworks and it handles anything I can throw at it.

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Thanks for the heads up and the advice. I've been wanting to try my hand at some 3D printing, but just haven't set the time aside to jump into the research. I travel a lot for work, so it's a good time to sit on the computer and design stuff.
Barry

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

02-16-2017 02:16 AM
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Yes 3D printing is another hobby in itself with a learning curve. If you are getting into 3D printers the latest and greatest is the Prusa I3 MK2 http://www.prusa3d.com/ The learning curve on this one is low due to the mesh bed leveling and other automated features. Its also low cost for the printable size and quality prints it can produce.

02-16-2017 11:49 AM
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I second the Fusion 360 approach. It was easy to start.. It took me a day (well an evening) to figure out the basics (I do reccomend that you take the time and at least look at the tutorials as they make things easy...) but once I got the just of it it went smooth....

Printing is done by a friend as I am still reluctant to purchase a printer of my own...

I also travel a lot so big periods of downtime are killing me. My laptop does not support the software so I can only work with this when I am at home...

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Here are the 70mm rocket launchers all painted and assembled. I used Krylon spray paint.

02-18-2017 01:03 PM
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Thanks for the info, much appreciated! I'll be looking into it soon. But "another hobby" just might sit poorly with the wife... Let's see, giant scale helis, cars, sniper rifles, 3D printing...

BTW, your rocket pods look great, nice job.
Barry

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02-19-2017 12:33 AM
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Just print her something nice she would appreciate... an ornament (dust catcher style) or a fancy vase... or something she would appreciate. This way you might get her involved as well and it would make your life easier...

so far I failed miserably at that....

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Looking Good!!

Going to be another awesome machine Gary...
Pretty sure I don't think I could handle another hobby!!! But, the parts and pieces sure look good!!

Stan

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02-19-2017 12:11 PM
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Thanks Guys!

When my wife first saw the 3D printer she said what's that another toy? Then when something broke around the house and I made the replacement part then she thought it was cool.

02-19-2017 03:01 PM
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AIM9

I decided to add an AIM9 sidewinder to weapons package.

The main body is from a round evergreen styrene tube and I designed all the other parts to fit it. I broke it down to different parts so it was easy for 3D printing.

I then designed a launch rail that bolts onto the pylon. I made a sliding attachment just like the full scale so the AIM9 is easily removeable.

Now I just have to paint everything.

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The cockpit is progressing, all the large parts I printed in PLA. The fine detail items like the instrument faces were printed in high detail plastic at shapeways.

03-17-2017 10:12 PM
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Next on the list is the landing skid ties. These are 5mm in diameter which is a very small part for an FDM printer. I used a 0.25mm dia. nozzle with a 0.1mm layer height.

This one is for Barry Made a drill jig to drill the hole on center in the skids, worked great!

Here are the parts installed in the skids, just have to paint them.

03-19-2017 03:59 PM
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Looking good Gary.

Look forward to seeing you and this machine in June.

Great work Mang,

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Looks great Gary! This is really turning into a beautiful heli. I really like your printed drill jig, it sure makes building easier doesn't it. I also have another one that has a 90 degree cut in it, which allows it to be used on all different size tube diameters.
Barry

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Butch, We missed you two not being at the funfly. Its looking like we will have a good group this year.

Barry, Your jig will last longer than mine LOL.

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Thanks Gary,

We looking forward to it.

I will have my 67 plug at the NEHC scale event. We will sit down and talk about mold making.

Barry,

My drill blocks will last as long as yours. HA!

B

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I will have my 67 plug at the NEHC scale event. We will sit down and talk about mold making.
Oh good maybe you can teach me how to do it.

I believe this is a fuel receptacle.

Here is how it came off the printer.

I secured it to the fuselage like the full size with Philips head screws. I used 0-80 tapered flat heads and ground down the diameter of the head to look scale.

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