CNC Hot Wire Foam Cutter, 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 foamie’s to recover the costs and its much more satisfying to fly your own design.

I’ve also built a CNC router from a kit I purchased from Ooznest which I 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

Coming soon USB CNC Foam Cutter

I’m working on an updated CNC Foam Cutter design. The goals for the this are:-

  • To run the foam cutter from modern computers/laptops using the USB interface
  • Use NEMA17 stepper motors
  • Reduce the costs by using 3d-printer controllers and stepper motors and a more lightweight design
  • Include improvement from several years of foam cutting
  • Installing, configuring firmware and software with sample g-code

There will be a new eBook and detailed plans, there will be a small charge for this. Full-size for key components and a new video series. You can donate here if you wish

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