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    Builder Extraordinare willsonman's Avatar
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    Making good progress. Keep it up! I still need to get some plans printed for you.
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    I'm a care bear...Really? CrashRecovery's Avatar
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    I believe I have everything all traced out, ready for cutting review.

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    That's not a drone. That's an MCI - a Multirotor Controlled by an Idiot.

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    Any progress?

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    I'm a care bear...Really? CrashRecovery's Avatar
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    My buddy has the traced out plans. He's going to review them and then we are going to see what parts need to be adjusted to fit each joint. Final drawing will be to fit the sheets of wood on the cutter.
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  5. #15
    Sounds like outstanding progress. I am actually considering selling my 3D printer and putting the money towards a laser cutter. The 3D printed planes are fun and all, but I still like balsa better! I am excited to see this Dauntless come together.

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    I'm a care bear...Really? CrashRecovery's Avatar
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    You and me both
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    I'm a care bear...Really? CrashRecovery's Avatar
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    Things are progressing. Localfiend has arranged the plans for cutting. Now we need to buy the material. This is where things get tricky. Ill try and post a picture of the arrangement that has the wood sizes and types. Can someone explain this whole wood grade thing?
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    http://www.specializedbalsa.com/bals...sification.php

    Give that link a shot. Pretty basic, it doesn't talk about density as much, but does define the different grain types.

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    A thousand pints of lite. Joker 53150's Avatar
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    Lighter weight wood = softer wood = weaker wood = easier to cut.
    Heavier weight wood = harder wood = stronger wood = harder to cut.

    This is very general, obviously, and skips all the real "details" involved with grading balsa. However, many people new to balsa assume that balsa is balsa, and are unaware that there are different grades that are used in different applications.

    For my own balsa supply I try and keep enough stock to have some of each type on hand. Normally I don't go quite crazy enough to actually weigh each piece for grading, but some do, especially when trying to keep a build as light as possible. That's one advantage of building giant scale, a little extra weight usually isn't a big issue.
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