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Vulture 3D Printed FPV Wing

3D printing technology is widely used in the RC hobby today. Quality printer costs are down to a reasonable price and they allow us to quickly and easily make custom parts for our needs and you can even print entire aircraft designs like this Vulture FPV Wing.

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3D Printed FPV Wing

3D printing technology is widely used in the RC hobby today. Quality printer costs are down to a reasonable price and they allow us to quickly and easily make custom parts for our needs and you can even print entire aircraft designs like this Vulture FPV Wing.

The Vulture can be printed with PLA or PETG material and has a wingspan of 1260mm. The length is 420mm and it uses a Martin Hepperle MH60 10.08% airfoil. You need a 492mm by 5.5 by 5.5mm carbon spar to provide structural support, but the rest is all printed parts that you glue together to make the airframe. It's designed to use a 2830 brushless motor with a 9" prop and the creator says it should fly similar to the Parrot Disco wing. It's really neat and fun to print your own airframe for very little cost and if you need spare parts, you can just make them at home.

Check out the Vulture FPV Wing on Thingiverse

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Mar 02, 2019, 05:25 AM
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did you try it?


Many designs on thiniverse are concepts that have not been proven/tested yet .
Have you flown this one?
Mar 02, 2019, 07:37 AM
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No just putting it out there. I plan to print a plane at some point, just haven’t done it yet.
Mar 02, 2019, 08:57 AM
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Here’s the link to the wing on Thingiverse. I may try this before printing a larger plane...

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3459906
Mar 02, 2019, 12:39 PM
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This one would be a good first plane to print.


https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...k-3D-Printable

Designed by a member here so support is available and several have flown (mine not yet)
Mar 02, 2019, 04:13 PM
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Cool!
Mar 03, 2019, 03:09 PM
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I have a desire to eventually make a wing that you 3d print the ribs, use carbon fiber rod to string them, and then monocote. Not sure how well monokote sticks to pla though and you gotta be careful to not melt the pla when attaching it (if possible). Fully 3d printed wings just seem like they would be too heavy or at least hard to print very thin. For now I just use 3d printer to "enhance" all my arfs in various ways.
Mar 03, 2019, 05:06 PM
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3DPrinting is going to be a big part of our hobby in the future, there are of course minor hurdles that need to be removed but those will be overcome with time, printing practice and stronger materials. There are a few proven models in the forum threads on here and on the various 3DPrinting forums that produce some nice aircraft that anyone with patience, time and a well setup machine can make for themselves.
As rpstar suggests a nice entry would be a composite of proven methods as a gateway to more complex models. 3DPrinted ribs supported by carbon spars and covered with oracover or something similar would produce something usable in the shortest possibly time.

Something similar to this may be a good starting point. The. dxf is available online for any interested




https://sebald-modellbau.de/index.ph...orised/48-nani
Mar 03, 2019, 06:20 PM
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Here you go Jason. This is likely to be your experience if you fully 3d print it.

3D Printed RC Airplane - CRASH!!! (7 min 36 sec)


However, the technique shown in the following site seems like a good one. Look at the build guide. It's pretty much what I have thought about before - ie: 3d parts for structure but carbon and film for the rest.

https://3dprintedrcplanes.com/maripi/

I like it. Probably needs to be PETG though as PLA melts pretty easily in sun based on some videos I've seen.
Mar 03, 2019, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by scousethief
3DPrinting is going to be a big part of our hobby in the future, there are of course minor hurdles that need to be removed but those will be overcome with time, printing practice and stronger materials. There are a few proven models in the forum threads on here and on the various 3DPrinting forums that produce some nice aircraft that anyone with patience, time and a well setup machine can make for themselves.
As rpstar suggests a nice entry would be a composite of proven methods as a gateway to more complex models. 3DPrinted ribs supported by carbon spars and covered with oracover or something similar would produce something usable in the shortest possibly time.

Something similar to this may be a good starting point. The. dxf is available online for any interested




https://sebald-modellbau.de/index.ph...orised/48-nani
Love it. Like the Alula but nicer. I might have to print this one. Thanks for posting it. I did not see a dxf for it directly. Wish he sold them, I'd gladly pay for cad files.
Last edited by rpstar; Mar 03, 2019 at 06:34 PM.
Mar 03, 2019, 07:34 PM
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cox "spook"


have a look here
https://www.coxengineforum.com/t3877...can-it-be-done

a '60 injection molded plastic flying wing. (control line)
That should be possible to recreate these day in a 3d design.
When printed with abs it should be heat resistant enough to use standard covering materials.
Mar 03, 2019, 08:41 PM
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Love it. Like the Alula but nicer. I might have to print this one. Thanks for posting it. I did not see a dxf for it directly. Wish he sold them, I'd gladly pay for cad files.
I've got the dxf files for the ribs, when I get o. The pc in the morning I will add them for you, I will be printing it myself in the near future and using carbon rods to strengthen it and I will with cover it with oracover or similar or maybe a sheet of 1mm depron.

Sorry its one called the Variant from here

http://jivaro-models.org/variante/page_variante.html

Dxf. File is down by the pictures
Last edited by scousethief; Mar 03, 2019 at 08:51 PM.
Mar 03, 2019, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by scousethief
I've got the dxf files for the ribs, when I get o. The pc in the morning I will add them for you, I will be printing it myself in the near future and using carbon rods to strengthen it and I will with cover it with oracover or similar or maybe a sheet of 1mm depron.

Sorry its one called the Variant from here

http://jivaro-models.org/variante/page_variante.html

Dxf. File is down by the pictures
Thanks. Variant looks nice also but that Alula like dlg is awesome. I'll think about the variant. Should be easy to print out ribs
Mar 04, 2019, 06:24 AM
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Ill find you some .dxf
Mar 04, 2019, 06:36 AM
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Someone already trying to blend traditional methods with new techniques



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