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Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Wheel pants and gear leg fairings for the SR-1 speed plane. In my previous “Rapid Prototyping” series of articles, I gave overviews of molding various wing parts. Well, the SR-1...

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

The author with the first mold CNC’d for the SR-1 Project raceplane. In last month’s article we discussed making relatively cheap, simple tooling blanks for rapid prototyping of CNC’d composite...

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

...surface definition necessary for this. More references: Past KITPLANES articles from this “Rapid Prototyping/Experimental Design” series have discussed some of the above topics. In addition, the two-part article from April...

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

...am definitely an empiricist: I want to see the scientific proof. So in addition to looking at tools for rapid prototyping, we’ll also be doing various testing to get some...

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

...quarter of what the rudder bottom mold cost (see Part 1 in last month’s issue for details). Design Guidelines After four iterations of the 3D-printed mold design cycle, the following...

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

...wing using CNC-based rapid prototyping. The scale of the project was too large to get into the nitty-gritty details, but in this series of articles we’re doing just that—and a...

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

This is the penultimate article in the rapid prototyping series for now, and the last of our discussions on shop experiments. In the next article, we will look at a...

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

...in your wing are the same dimension), the time required to make the molds is probably worthwhile, but for rapid prototyping or one-off projects, it’s a lot of work. The...

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

...More info on designing spars with pultruded carbon can be found here. Eric Stewart is designing and building the SR-1, a speed plane for setting records in the FAI c-1a/0...

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Prepreg Kevlar sandwich core practice layup used in an Abaris training course. This is the final article on composites and experimental design for the time being. I hope you’ve enjoyed...

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