Recently tried cutting balsa with my Glowforge and was very pleased with the results. Ended up laying out and cutting a few airplane ‘kits’. Just assembled the first and now ready for sanding, covering and gear. Absolute pleasure to build with the accurate parts. Renewing my enthusiasm in long time hobby.
Wow! I love that. You must keep show us the finished project.
I like this part the best.
I would love to make one of these one day. Very nice plane.
Agreed! It looks like a fun kit for kids and adults. I am sure it was long hours and trial and error. Great execution!!!
Super cool! Any vids of them flying?
Precious!! What do you use to sand? Dremel, emory board, etc
I love these so much Are you using files/designs found someone online?
Thanks for all the feedback!
Trial and error. Yes. Mainly adjusting power and speed to the particular balsa sheet. They vary in density. Also adjusting parts for kerf on these very small parts to get good fits.
Videos. Not yet. Will take time to finish, but I’ll certainly add when they first commit aviation.
Sanding. Just various grits of sandpaper glued to pieces of wood.
Files came from Outerzone. Free on line. Some are vector pdf, Some just pdf scans. All need some work. Tracing, sizing for kerf, part layout and tabs to hold balsa in sheet.
Give it a go. Might make you an aeromodeller!
I see where the rest of my Sunday is going to go! Thanks for sharing your builds and that site.
I love RC aircraft, and these look amazing!
I’ve always enjoyed building from plans and the Glowforge takes it to a new level of accuracy. I even got inspired to make myself some building tools and of course a nice box to store them!
Well, I finished one and it flew! It’s an electric conversion of a Keil Kraft Achilles rubber powered model I first built 50 years ago. Rather than use my modern radio gear I kept it basic by using the guts of a broken toy I found. And if you notice the logo, yes you can cut tissue paper on the Glowforge.
Oh, Cool! Thanks for the update.
That’s on my todo list.
That’s a great looking plane. What kind of motor and controller is required for a project like that?
Motor is a small (7mm) brushed geared motor. Integrated receiver with brushed speed control and 2 linear servos. Also a compatible radio of course. The motor is about $5 and the receiver combo $30 if you buy new out of China (Banggood).
This is just freaking awesome, love it