SOLIDWORKS Model Airplane Tutorials

Welcome to cudacountry's SOLIDWORKS 2016 and Mastercam 2017 Model Foam Airplane Tutorials. We use SOLIDWORKS 2016 to design our airplanes and Mastercam 2017 to create CNC toolpaths to cut the fuselage.

The foam airplane model is designed to fly Kevin.com's power pole. Use Dow’s Scoreboard EPS Polystyrene for the fuselage and foam food trays for the wings and stabilizers.

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Fuselage. Shape with fillets. Units all inches.

2. Wing. Airfoil from foam food trays.


3. Horizontal Stabilizer.
Part 4. Vertical Stabilizer. Oversized to aid steering on takeoffs.
Part 5. Motor. Same motor used in all our projects. Kelvin's DC motor.
Part 6. Wheel.
Part 7. Wheel Wire. Cool sweep for front landing gear.
Assembly 8. Landing Gear. Sub-Assembly of wheel wire and wheel. Sub-Assembly can be used in other airplane assemblies.
Assembly 9. Assembly.
Drawing 10. Drawing. 11” by 17” paper.
Part 11. Elevator with mates.
Part 12. Rudder with mates.
Part 13. Propeller.
Part 14. Tail Hook Wire.
15. Decal. Click here to try decal.
16. Analyze in Wind Tunnel. Analyze design using Flow Simulation and create animation of flow trajectories. To optimize Angle of Attach use Wing Angle Mate to change Angle of Attach and compare Lift.
17. SW16 to Mastercam 2017. In this tutorial you open your fuselage file in Mastercam 2017. In Mastercam 2017 you rotate solid fuselage into the correct Mastercam XY planes to cut on CNC mill, create a wireframe centered around the solid for Blend Toolpath and loft flat cut surface. Also, your create new WCS view for bottom cut toolplane. Units all inches.
18. Fuselage toolpaths. Create Toolpaths to cut fuselage from Dow’s Scoreboard EPS Polystyrene: 1) Top cut using Finish Blend. 2) Copy Top Cut Toolpath and Paste to create Bottom Cut Toolpath. Uses CO2 dragster fixture to hold foam in mill. Units all inches.
Here are 2012 and 2010 tutorials with video. It's highly recommended to use these newer 2016 tutorials.

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Mastercam 2017 Blend toolpath