Stingray - A super cool, snap together (no glue!) flying wing

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Stingray - A super cool, snap together (no glue!) flying wing by exosequitur Sep 30, 2013


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A snap fit, high performance flying wing design.

Get best in class performance without sticky fingers with the stingray ...great for young makers and the glue challenged as well as anyone who wants a great flying little plane, the Stingray will provide pleasing performance from a 190mm bed.

If you want a version for a 100mm bed, there is a special 100mm printable variant that is assembled from two halves at http://threedsy.com , or see the D100 right here at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:300168

Exchangeable canopies for adjusting the CG for longer or more aerobatic flights.

Glueless without sacrificing performance, this design is great for loops and long flights.

Available in unbranded and jumbo (350mm, but prints on a 190mm+ bed .. see in the pics) versions at http://threedsy.com

For tips on printing glider wings, drop by my blog at threedsy.com and if you like our models, keep us designing for you instead of flipping burgers by purchasing one of our premium designs from the site!

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Files are provided to licencee to make unlimited models from these files for licensees personal use. Commercial use of any kind or other uses not specifically allowed are explicitly disallowed.

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Description: An efficient flying wing glider with glueless assembly, ideal for looping flights and long glides.

Plastic: ABS

Layers: .20mm

Fill: 25%

Perimeters: 2

Solid Layers: 2

filament use / weight (3mm) : Approx 1500mm

first layer lentghwise (0 degrees to fuselage), altrenate 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.

The dihedral joint is assembled by clamping along the top of the fuselage between the wings with the dihederal clip to establish dihedral angle. Clip is most asiliy installed one corner at a time mid chord and then slid fully foreward into place. Remove any adhesions, test clip and adust as necescary prior to assembly to achieve a symmetrical dihedral angle.

Insert (snap) the hook into the canopy one end at a time, pointed canopy end and open jaw of hook facing the same direction. Snap the hook / canopy assemby into the fuselage.

Slide tails into place being sure to fully insert the locking tabs.

Flight Notes:

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

Test and adjust by launching with a small rubber band partially extended. After proper trim is achieved, stronger bands may be used.

A slight elevon - up reflex is provided by the twin tails. The skeleton canopy can be used to provide a lighter lose for slower or more aerobatic flights.

A gradual test/adjust cycle is recommended. To correct turning or spiraling, differential elevator control (elevon) may be used. Carefully bend this in with finger pressure, but avoid creasing or excessive strain.

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How big a build plate is needed to print this plane

I just made one of these last night for my nephew. Other than having to get an extension ladder to pull if off the roof, it's been a non-stop favorite. I'm printing several more so there are spares when this one inevitably gets destroyed. (5 year old boys are hard on toys)

Note: Highly durable in a field or at the park. Only survives 5-20 minutes if there are sidewalks and streets to land on. Print spares. They're a quick print anyway.

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How far do these fly?

INstructions unclear. No Idea how to build or fly... Im dying cuz I've got to actual graphical instructions

Is it possible to get a version of this split up into individual parts that would enable me to print it while now its mm's too big for my plate?
This looks awesome and i don't want to reduce the size of it if i don't have to?

really flew great.... until the garage roof interfered. It will be faster to print another than to wait for the wind to blow it off.

Could really use a build video. My vertical stabilizers don't seem like they fit/work at all.

This is such an awesome plane. One of the best to use with the launcher. Works great indoors for nice floaty glides. Wind really affects this one so it needs a really calm day to play.

nice plane, do not know why, but the vertical parts get lost in the slicer....

slicer sucks, Kisslic3r and you will never look back. machine even runs quieter running Kisslic3r(: some parts here are not in your photos?

"An Excellent Flying Wing"

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You mention ABS but does this also work well with PLA?

It should. Many of my planes have been printed successfully in PLA, styrene, nylon, and even laywood wood composite filament....but they were designed for ABS. PLA will work assuming your printer is well calibrated, but be a bit heavier and more brittle. There are more printing tips for these over at http://threedsy.com/blogs/newshttp://threedsy.com/blogs/news