SOLIDWORKS Foam Airplane Tutorials

Welcome to cudacountry's SOLIDWORKS 2012 and Mastercam X6 Model Foam Airplane Tutorials. We use SOLIDWORKS 2012 to design our airplanes and Mastercam X6 to create CNC toolpaths to cut the fuselage. The following tutorials with the PDF icon are available for download. Download the free reader from Adobe.
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Table of Contents

Part 1. Fuselage. Shape with lots of fillets. Units all inches.

2. Wing. Airfoil from foam food trays.


3. Horizontal Stabilizer.
Part 4. Vertical Stabilizer. Oversized to aid steering on takeoffs.
Part 5. Motor. Same motor used in all our projects.
Part 6. Wheel.
Part 7. Wheel Wire. Cool sweep for front landing gear.
Assembly 8. Landing Gear. Sub-Assembly of wheel wire and wheel. Sub-Assembly can be used in other airplane assemblies.
Assembly 9. Assembly.
Drawing 10. Drawing. 11” by 17” paper.
Part 11. Elevator with mates.
Part 12. Rudder with mates.
Part 13. Propeller.
Part 14. Tail Hook Wire.
15. PhotoView 360 Decals.
16. Analyze in Wind Tunnel. Analyze design using Flow Simulation and create animation of flow trajectories. Now with Wing Angle Mate adjustment to change Angle of Attach and compare Lift to optimize Angle of Attach.
17. SW12 to MCX6. In this tutorial you open your SW12 fuselage file in Mastercam X6. In Mastercam X6 you rotate solid fuselage into the correct Mastercam XY planes to cut on mill, create a wireframe centered around the solid for Blend Toolpath and loft flat cut surface. Also, your create new WCS view for bottom cut toolplane. Units all inches.
18. Fuselage toolpaths. Create Toolpaths to cut fuselage from Dow’s Scoreboard EPS Polystyrene: 1) Top cut using Finish Blend. 2) Copy Top Cut Toolpath and Paste to create Bottom Cut Toolpath. Uses CO2 fixture to hold foam in mill. Units all inches.
Here are 2016 and 2010 tutorials with video.

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