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Old Feb 20, 2011, 04:44 PM
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Bamboo for airframe?

Okay, I've been thinking about what is light, cheap, and strong. It seems to me that with bamboo being stronger than steel and very light that it would make a perfect airframe for a multi rotor craft. My idea was to purchase or fabricate some bamboo laminate, and configure it like they do at the KK multicopter site (picture below). The difference would of course be the immense improvement in strength and the ability to withstand impacts that would cripple lesser materials. In point of fact, I think that 4 rattan backscratchers from Pier 1 Imports could be laminated together, cut, planed and drilled to make a pretty respectable frame. Just a thought...
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 05:53 AM
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looks like a sound idea to me but i said "maybe" so chop chop with the build
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 07:11 AM
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Composite is a composite :-) I'm an aluminum man myself, but I've been really thinking about trying balsa profiles lately. They are very light and reasonably sturdy - yet they break easily on impact, absorbing a significant portion of the kinetic energy. Your approach is more hi-tech, so definitely go for it and report back your findings
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 09:31 AM
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Hi,
a french guy is on his way to do a bamboo quad. He's just expecting the end of the cut in china (true ^^)
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 10:04 AM
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I have made several using Basswood or Spruce and I think that Bamboo would be excellent. Unfortunately bamboo is not easy to get in the US.
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 11:18 AM
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I have made several using Basswood or Spruce and I think that Bamboo would be excellent. Unfortunately bamboo is not easy to get in the US.


A quick google search and bingo, plenty of sources. And depending on the dimensions they just might be able to provide material from their scrap bins.

Check out this link.
http://www.bamboocraft.net/poles_raw_materials.html

Plenty of suppliers...........
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 12:02 PM
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There is the slats for flooring that are made out of Bamboo. That might be worth a try
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 03:19 PM
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There is the slats for flooring that are made out of Bamboo. That might be worth a try
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Read my mind Jim. Hardwood laminate flooring would be very affordable for this bamboo project.
Make a build 'LOG' (pun intended).
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 04:42 PM
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I have an idea!!

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There is the slats for flooring that are made out of Bamboo. That might be worth a try
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This is going to knock your socks off... I've decided that I'm going to cobble together a wooden form for the individual braces. Then I will use a drawknife and pull some thick fibers from a bamboo stalk. After I get enough bamboo fiber, I'm going to lay a piece of carbon cloth fiber into the form, push it up into the sides to make it conform, lay in the previously harvested bamboo fibers, fill with epoxy resin, fold the remaining carbon fiber up over the bamboo to seal the bamboo fibers completely in the carbon fiber. Once the epoxy is dry, I will finish, mill and drill the airframe. Once I've created a bridle joint and assembled the pieces, I will epoxy them together. Website and videos coming soon!
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