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3DLabPrint makes 3-D model R/C for $20

Published: March 3, 2016
3DLabPrint released a series of four 3-D printable R/C aircraft for all levels of experience. The Czech-based online shop provides plans and instructions for making 3-D printed aircrafts that can be made on FDM desktop 3-D printers.

To start, a customer selects their preferred model airplane, downloads the purchased files for that particular model and follows the instructions. 3DLabPrint offers email support and customized G-codes (instructions for a computer's motherboard) for customers who need assistance. The basic requirements to make a model R/C aircraft are an FDM 3-D printer with minimum 195 x 195 x 195 mm build volume, a 0.4mm nozzle and PLA filament. The files for each 3-D printable aircraft are available for $10–$20. The printed parts are then glued together, and electronics consisting of a brushless motor, ESC, servos and a radio system are added.

Owner Štěpán Dokoupil has designed and launched four 3-D models, the Spitfire, the Mustang Fighter, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and the EasyMax sports glider. See the designs here. The models have wingspans of between 0.92 and 1.53 meters.

“Both parts, the wing and the fuselage, feature extensive high-tech 3-D structural reinforcement, which makes the model very rigid while still maintaining lightweight airframe and exact airfoil even when it is made only from plastic," says Dokoupil about his designs. "This perfect and exact 3-D structure is possible only due to additive 3-D printing. The technology of 3-D printing offers unprecedented possibilities for designing model airplanes. You can produce an ideally shaped load-bearing structure while being limited only by your creativity and modeling abilities.”