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Anyone play with 3d printing rear wings?
« on: October 30, 2019, 12:49:56 AM »
I've seen some of you guys running some great projects building main foil wings.
I've also seen the boys locally (and on Instagram) cutting down go foil tails into all sorts of shapes, to pretty good effect.
The new go foil tails, plus axis and a lot of other current gen foil tails seem like they would be relatively easy to 3d print and then glass. Has anyone done this? Am I missing something?
 

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Re: Anyone play with 3d printing rear wings?
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2019, 02:06:58 AM »
Nothing yet, but Iím about to help a buddy build a 3D printer so Iím sure there will be tomfoolery this winter over here.

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Re: Anyone play with 3d printing rear wings?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2019, 06:54:42 AM »
It's a good idea, I thought about doing that last year but the weenie hot printer I have won't do polycarbonate, which is what you'd want to use. I've seen an article on 3D printed outboard motor propellors that tested various materials and concluded that a 3d printed polycarbonate prop could handle 20 hp without changing the design to add strength.
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Re: Anyone play with 3d printing rear wings?
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2019, 09:57:16 AM »
We could probably make them out of titanium using our new printer at work.  ;D Ti endo-skeleton with carbon wrap. Tasty.

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Re: Anyone play with 3d printing rear wings?
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2019, 11:02:08 AM »
titanium with carbon probably the ideal super premium option, but I was thinking much more low end, like making a generic blank that would be easy to hand shape yourself so people wouldn't be chopping their $300 rear wings hoping it works.

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Re: Anyone play with 3d printing rear wings?
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2019, 03:40:56 PM »
I will print them if you send the files
Just pay for the PLA Filament
and shipping if necessary

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Re: Anyone play with 3d printing rear wings?
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2019, 02:32:43 PM »
3d printing is the perfect tool for producing prototype wings.
Here is a photo of two tail wings I printed on our schools 3d printer, the high aspect wing has a layer of 200g carbon unis and a layer of double bias e glass on each side and it has held up mint. Have tested it out and cannot feel any flex while riding.
After we discovered that we could print back wings we switched the cnc operation to a 3d printer setup and we have now printed a front wing in 4 sections with a 500x500x500 build volume printer.

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Re: Anyone play with 3d printing rear wings?
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2019, 06:44:50 PM »
Kiwi, you are miles ahead of us all. Great work man.

But what is that crazy titanium printer? Thatís amazing.

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Re: Anyone play with 3d printing rear wings?
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2019, 11:41:05 AM »
Very cool Kiwi. I expect you could skip laying on the carbon if you switched to polycarbonate, but a layer of uni on one side is pretty easy. I'm getting ready to head to Maui, I might pick up a 3D printer for Maui this year since I don't have all the distractions of my shop and other projects. I'm bringing a pile of electronics to work on the electrical system for my motorhome project, but other than that I need something to do in the evenings.
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