Wind Skimmer - DPF1

by Mid7night
Not For Sale
UPDATE3: I've successfully covered the wings with Ultracote! See updated pics. Check out the successful flight! UPDATE2: The latest upload of this model now removes most of the main wing skin, greatly reducing cost and weight! The trade-off is though, now you have to cover the wing with Ultracote or similar wing covering. Not to worry though, the WSF material can take the heat. UPDATE: Printing success! I've successfully received two initial models, so now that the printing is proven successful, I've opened it up for public sale. I've also updated the model with more lightening holes, and I've also added a tail skid to protect the tails, and a slot for adding a balsa vertical-tail. It's cheaper than adding a plastic-printed tail. This is the first in what I hope to be an ongoing series of "Design-Print-Fly" RC airplanes; the Wind Skimmer! Inspired by the birds in nature, namely the Black Skimmer, the Wind Skimmer is designed to showcase the organic design possibilities made available by 3D printing, while still providing a functional and fun RC airplane. Click here to view an interactive 3D model!:


IN: 24.72 w x 5.1 d x 13.856 h
CM: 62.788 w x 12.954 d x 35.194 h


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UPDATE3: I've successfully covered the wings with Ultracote! See updated pics. Test flight soon to follow.
February 22, 2013, 3:45 pm
@ChristianA I think that a lighter version could, but this specific one is a bit heavy and doesn't have much payload capability. I am currently working on a follow-up design with a lighter frame that could definitely carry cameras, surveying equipment, or anything else around that size.
February 17, 2013, 3:09 am
@Mid7night Do you think this could eventually be used as a drone chasis?
February 17, 2013, 2:49 am
@ChristianA Thanks! Yes I will definitely put up film when I get it flying.
February 14, 2013, 6:18 am
@Mid7night Great model! Agree with you about 3D printing and the RC community. Want to see RC 3D printed cars. Will you be able to post a YouTube video of this skimmer flying?
February 14, 2013, 2:42 am
@duann Thanks man! I'll compile a description and get back to you this week. I'd love to get at least a successful glide-test done (hopefully today) before going TOO public. I'm super excited that you're asking; there's SO much that 3D printing can do for the RC community, I can't wait to see what the future holds. :)
January 8, 2013, 7:07 pm
this is awesome, if you can send me a description of the project I would love to include in the Shapeways blog. email duann @ Shapeways dot com
January 8, 2013, 4:47 pm
Thanks! The tail servos are in the body, and the pushrods exit out the back (see the exit tunnels?). It's powered, I just didn't render a prop in the pics. I don't know what the all-up flight weight is exactly, I just ordered the first test print, but I estimate it to be about 1lb (on the heavy side).
November 30, 2012, 4:11 pm
Cool design! Are there servos in the tail too? Is this glider only? Whats the flying weight?
November 30, 2012, 5:09 am


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