Phlatprinter: DIY CNC for RC foamies

Source: Phlatboyz, LLC

How cool is this .... Phlatprinter, a DIY CNC for RC foamies.

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Comment by passunca on March 3, 2010 at 5:21pm
well would speed up the process a lot... but it will cost you more than 1000$ and it only does 2d stuff. I would rater buy and build a 3d printer with that money. Like the cupcake(I think Chris has one) or the RepRap Mendel. I think the Cupcacke costs about 750-1000$ depending on the model and the RepRap costs between 350-600€, at least so they say. But the RepRap is very difficult to build because you have to buy the parts from different sources.
Comment by A. Rafael Ptacnik on March 3, 2010 at 9:51pm
cool that can improve weight and might be very fragile in crash situations but a lot easier to replace the damaged sectors
ever tried flying this kind of frame ?
Comment by Curt Olson on March 4, 2010 at 8:03am
Did I add up the costs right? It looks to me like the total cost for a complete system is pushing $1500? That's enough to make a person stop and think ... am I just doing this for fun? How much stuff would I actually be cutting out? Still a very interesting little device. Any one up for modding one of these to replace the dremel cutter with a laser cutter?
Comment by Jean-Louis Bourdon on March 4, 2010 at 8:27am
I've got both: a reprap (kit from bitsfrombytes, and a mendel in the making) and the phlatprinter (which i am selling for something that can cut metal)

the reprap can only print small items, which can take part in the construction of a UAV (gimballs, motor mounts, even building frames) because they are heavier also one has to remember the print volume is small, imagine a large mug basically, and everytime you double volume, you spend 8 times more time printing.

the phlatprinter is really good at foam, and some woods like balsa, i even cut 1/4in mdf using multipass... but it was the extreme limits of the machine.

Mark and Trish are providing excellent support, and I would advise it to anyone into model airplanes and wishing to get started in CNC
Comment by Jean-Louis Bourdon on March 4, 2010 at 9:30am
oh, another point, depron or epp planes tend to be quite strong, just a bit flexible, so you have to strenghen them with carbon fibre rods. or glass fibre if it is a problem with radios...

laser cutter, sure it can be done. but you have to remember laser are dangerous: for your eyes, skin and lungs... well, dust of a phlatty is to be avoided too, but at least it's not a carcinous gas!
Comment by Wayne on March 4, 2010 at 11:35am
Also, could you even wrap that? Maybe its just my noobness showing through but I would think you couln't iron on some monokote to that.
Comment by Mike on March 4, 2010 at 12:03pm
Comment by Mike on March 4, 2010 at 12:09pm
F-22 r/c model cut out with a Phlatprinter

Comment by Mike on March 4, 2010 at 12:13pm
R/C Aerial Tilt Object Motion
Comment by Mike on March 4, 2010 at 4:00pm
I have to admit, it's not straight forward, but digging deeper I ascertained that one has the option of purchasing their your own DIY parts. If either the Bonez ($200) or MK 11 Bonez ($400) is purchased alone, they will include a complete shopping list with detailed descriptions and Lowe's part numbers. It seems they also provide support for testing your electronics. There are a few items that will need to be ordered and they will include information on those parts as well. The majority of parts can be purchased at your local hardware store. DIY or spend the big bucks for complete kit - it's your choice.


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