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PaperFly

by clothbot, published

PaperFly by clothbot Oct 21, 2012

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Description

Variant of the Bukobot Fly to print with PLA directly on tissue paper.

It's a work in progress, but this is the one I was printing at World Maker Faire 2012.

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Thanks for coming out! The variant you saw me still working on (not ready for a formal Thingiverse derivative entry yet) is at https://github.com/clothbot/Cl...

I saw this and the lantern http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... at the 2013 Ottawa Maker Faire. Brilliant designs!

This is indeed an Award Winning design. Congrats!!

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Instructions

1. Print on tissue paper with PLA.

2. Fold up V-tail.

3. Add LEGO pieces (or equivalent) to front to add weight as needed.

4. Launch!

My code repository for this design is at github.com/clothbot/makerbot/blob/master/fabjects/Toys/Fliers/PaperFly.scad

For guidance printing PLA on tissue paper, see my Instructables project on the topic: instructables.com/id/3D-Printing-PLA-on-Tissue-Paper/

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PatG on Sep 2, 2013 said:

I saw this and the lantern http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... at the 2013 Ottawa Maker Faire. Brilliant designs!

clothbot on Sep 2, 2013 said:

Thanks for coming out! The variant you saw me still working on (not ready for a formal Thingiverse derivative entry yet) is at https://github.com/clothbot/Cl...

aubenc on Nov 23, 2012 said:

This is indeed an Award Winning design. Congrats!!

MakerBotAri on Oct 22, 2012 said:

Absolutely brilliant man. Saw that at World MakerFaire, and i'm still reeling from what a creative, innovative project this is!

deezmaker on Oct 22, 2012 said:

Awesome tweak of my Bukobot Fly! I think I have to try this now.

clothbot on Oct 22, 2012 said:

Thanks for sharing your source! That's what it's all about. :-)

SlaveMassaDrivaJDCUBED on Oct 22, 2012 said:

What a great idea to print directly on paper.  Sometime back I made a very similar plane, and used superglue to glue on the material (shower curtain liner)

since I use ABS not PLA (ABS is better i think for moving bearing surfaces) and shower curtain liners (come in colors,etc) is also ABS, It should print real good.

Now there is NO STOPPING ME!  I can finally make and command my swarm of robotic mesquitos  and take over the world (under the assumption that my local dollar has enough shower curtains). 

I will make a mental note to spare you if everything goes to plan.
Thanks for the idea!

clothbot on Oct 22, 2012 said:

The tricky bit with ABS is keeping the substrate flat against the plastic's natural tendency to warp+shrink.

With synthetics like your shower curtain you'll also have to keep an eye on what happens around the nozzle for the first couple of layers.  Strange Things can happen in contact with the molten plastic.

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