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100MM bed - full sized (195mm) glider.... The Super Stratos D-100

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100MM bed - full sized (195mm) glider.... The Super Stratos D-100 by exosequitur Apr 15, 2014

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Do you have a smaller printer bed? Tired of printing tiny gliders?
This special version of my Stratos glider (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:97803) prints in pieces on a 100mm bed and assembles easily with a little superglue.

Be sure to read the readme file prior to printing...there are some important things to know when you slice the model.

You may want a launcher ( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:95765 )and a 8" x 1/8" rubber band to fully explore the flight envelope of this glider.

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Description: An efficient conventional glider, ideal for looping flights and long glides.

Plastic: ABS

Layers: .20mm

Fill: 25%

Perimeters: 2

Solid Layers: 2

Orientation:
first layer lentghwise (0 degrees to fuselage), alternate by 90 degrees. A 45 degree (or non right angle) axis will cause asymetrical wing warping under load (bad).

Build Notes:
Allow to cool before carefully removing from build platform. The wings are easily deformed during removal, and must be absoultely symmetrical for proper flight. Removal with a very thin plastic spatula (print one!) is preferred. Test fit all parts and trim if necesary prior to final assembly with a very small amount of CA Glue.

On a flat surface, carefully assemble fuselage from the halves, glue with CA glue, taking care that the fuselage is straight.

After trimming, percisely tape wings together on bottom (bed side. Place taped wings bed side down on build table. Carefully fit fuselage into position on top of wings, trimming if necescary.holding in place, allow a very small amount of CA glue to infiltrate the space petween the wings and fuselage. after this initial glue dries, apply more until wings are securely attatched at the fuselage and at the spars.

Glue the tail, hook, and canopy in place.

The dihedral joint is assembled by clamping along the top of the fuselage between the wings to establish dihedral angle. Remove any adhesions, test clamp and adust as necescary to achieve a symmetrical dihedral angle prior to fixing in place with CA Glue.

Check and adjust for symmetry.

Adjust elevator as indicated below prior to flight.

Flight Notes:

Launching is by hand or with a 1/16" to 1/8" rubber band.

Test and adjust by hand launching first.

A slight elevator - up reflex is required for non-inverted flight. This is accomplished by latching the elevons up on the relex tabs on the aft end of the fuselage. A tiny drop of glue will prevent the elevons from moving from their latched position.

A slight down bend in the latched-up elevators will open up the flight envelope to higher energy flights.

A gradual test/adjust cycle is recommended. To correct turning or spiraling, differential elevator control (elevon) is preferred, though some aileron bending may be needed if the wings are warped from improper bed removal. Carefully bend this in with finger pressure, but avoid creasing or excessive strain.

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Any suggestions how to get the Cura 2.3 slicer to slice the wings as required? It always uses 45° lines for the shell, unless there's a setting I've overlooked ☹

Rotate the model so that it aligns properly with the first layer.

Jan 1, 2017 - Modified Jan 1, 2017
jepler - in reply to exosequitur

120x120 table here so the part wouldn't fit in that case. If there aren't any better options though, I think I can print one wing at a time in this way, I didn't try splitting the STL file yet. Or I could always use a different slicer, I know.

Rotate the model so that it aligns properly with the first layer.

Feb 13, 2016 - Modified Feb 13, 2016

Hi,

I have printed one myself and can confirm that it prints well and it glides really nicely!

I had few small issues with some parts of assembly instructions:

"On a flat surface, carefully assemble fuselage from the halves, glue with CA glue, taking care that the fuselage is straight.
After trimming, percisely tape wings together on bottom (bed side. Place taped wings bed side down on build table. Carefully fit fuselage into position on top of wings, trimming if necescary"

  1. Rather than assembling the fuselage first I decided to join the wings to the forward part of the fuselage first. It was then much easier to glue the aft part afterwards. This allowed easy and precise clamping of dihedral joint later on.

  2. I'm not sure what "trimming" mean in this context. What do you need to trim? It confused me to the point that I have used a knife to trim some (what I thought was printing artifact) extra plastic from the elevons... getting rid of the "relex tabs" (?). I had to glue some plastic bits again to allow up reflex.

  3. What exactly do you mean "A slight down bend in the latched-up elevators will open up the flight envelope to higher energy flights." Where to put the bend? What does it mean to open up the flight envelope?

Can I print this in PLA, I only have a simple without the heated bed

pla works great :D

Where is correct center of gravity ? I have in the middle of the wings. Flights very bad :(

If you're looking at the Thing Files there is a big blue button on the right that says download all files. This generates a zip for download.

There isn't a zip function that I can find, but I uploaded a zip for you!

Please could you use the Zip function of thingiverse as it is so much easier to download all the files in one go and then they can be unZipped into one place, converted to gcode and printed, I really dislike having to download each file individually as they just get lost and separated.

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