CNC Hot Wire, CNC Router, RC Airplanes and 3D printing

If you are looking to build your own aeroplanes using affordable DIY CNC machines then here is where you can find all the information you need.  Plans, cutting lists and recommended parts to build CNC foam cutters and CNC routers with a little bit of 3D printing as well.

I’ve built several aeroplanes using these CNC machines to make fuselages, wings and those hard to source parts you can make with a 3D printer.

I just enjoy building and still use more traditional methods as well. My very latest build is a Mig29 Park Jet and I will build some more like this. Simple, cheap and a real buzz to fly.

CNC Software is one of the biggest challenges and can be expensive too. I’ve spent many hours searching out and testing free CNC software. You can if you check out some of my posts spend very little or nothing at all.  I cover Mach3, LinuxCNC, Profili2 Pro, DevFus Foam and JediCut

My eBook is a How-To on building your own DIY Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter machine which you can make some unique and amazing models. It’s not that expensive when you consider the prices of models. You don’t have to crash too many big EDF foamies to recover the costs and it’s a real buzz flying your own design.

I’ve also built a CNC router with a kit I purchased from Ooznest to make parts for my builds.  3d printers are very handy for those parts you can’t buy any more.  This was the case for a propeller spinner on my Focke Wulf 190A, so I made one, challenging but very rewarding

The New USB CNC Foam Cutter

My latest CNC Foam Cutter key features :-

  • Runs on modern computers/laptops using the USB interface
  • Uses cheaper NEMA17 stepper motors but NEMA23 can still be used
  • I’ve reduced the cost by using 3d-printer controllers and stepper motors and a more lightweight design
  • Includes improvement from several years of foam cutting
  • New free eBook completely rewritten with detailed plans, there is a small charge for the plans.
USB CNC Foam Cutter
USB Foam Cutter
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