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Posted by Flipper_118 | Dec 21, 2010 @ 01:51 PM | 2,491 Views
Well after having my 1st CNC up and running I decided to use it to redesign a second machine. I wanted the successor to be faster, more accurate, smaller and stiffer...and most of all I wanted it to be my design (although I did draw upon the designs of others).

More info and pictures can be found here:

http://www.cnczone.com/forums/cnc_wo...f_machine.html

Curt
Posted by Flipper_118 | Oct 27, 2010 @ 10:41 PM | 3,752 Views
Some of the very first cuts off the CNC. Cut from 1/4" aircraft plywood. Now I just need to get some better end mills and let loose my imagination! Its so nice to be able to cut whatever you can thinkup!

Curt
Posted by Flipper_118 | Oct 14, 2010 @ 04:09 PM | 2,518 Views
Well my timeline ran a little longer then initially planned but I now have a CNC up and running via USB!!! Still have some loose ends to tie up (clean up wiring, enclose electronics, build dedicated table, better router mount, CNC some wire tracks, etc) but its up and cutting!

Curt
Posted by Flipper_118 | Jun 03, 2010 @ 02:52 PM | 2,514 Views
Approximately 3 weeks ago I sent my dx6i in to horizon for repair. I was having issues with the radio going thru a quick reboot mid flight causing me to crash my tricopter over and over (took a while before I realized it was the radio and not the tri's fault).

I express posted the radio to horizon ($30 CAN) and they had it back in my hands 2-3 weeks later FREE OF CHARGE! They replaced both gimbals, all trim levers, updated the firmware and by the looks of it also cleaned/repaired my scroll wheel...ALL FOR FREE!

The note from the technician states the pulse train was tested and all seems to be in working condition now.

Companies that treat their customers like this are few and far between! I am very impressed with the way my repair was handled...all this was done without them asking for a proof of purchase! They also packed my transmitter up very well on its return ride home...better then I had packed it for the ride there (I take excellent care of my equipment so that speaks volumes for horizon)!

One happy customer,

Curt
Posted by Flipper_118 | Apr 27, 2010 @ 11:18 PM | 2,531 Views
Well...I have finally taken the plunge into the mad mad world of robots that will make things for me. I will be replacing the parallel port board with a homemade USB board (planetCNC) since I would like to run this off my laptop and not need a dedicated ancient computer. I plan to be up and cutting in the next month or 2.

Curt
Posted by Flipper_118 | Sep 01, 2009 @ 10:57 PM | 3,995 Views
Exacto blade, sheet of foam board, and a few free evenings.

Curt
Posted by Flipper_118 | Jun 15, 2009 @ 02:38 PM | 3,555 Views
Just a quick picture of the completed wing. The nose is made out of very springy foam (EPP) which is only temporary for the testing stage. The rest of the plane is made from elmers foamboard, aircraft plywood and has a carbon spar leading about 80% of the way into both wings.
Posted by Flipper_118 | Jun 08, 2009 @ 01:54 PM | 3,471 Views
The flying wing UAV is finished (construction is finished anyways). This is a design based off of Jaron's build. I wanted a flying wing with a large space to install gear while still maintaining a sleek airframe to keep flight time up.

This wing flies totally hands off stable, able to loop and roll (quite slow...but it still can do it), no harsh tip stall tendencies and is very light on power usage:

Typical flight of 15min of half throttle flying eats up about 700mAh out of my 1250mAh pack. Once I get some flight gear installed in the nose of the beast I should be able to run my 2000 packs for nice long flights.

Next it will be running a simple data logger which I will slowly work towards an autopilot using a PIC 18F4685.

Curt