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Low Cost Hydroforming
Low cost hydroforming on the Rainbow Aviation Video channel with your host Brian Carpenter. In this episode were going to be taking a look at a low cost way to manufacture your own aluminum hydro-formed parts. This is a companion video for technically speaking article published in the May 2016 sport aviation magazine Link to free plans https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/0B6fcluqN5u3oVEVNcERKWktxSWM
Tube Marking (Building the EMG-6)
Another episode of "Building the EMG-6". In this episode we look at the process of marking tubing. Pretty much every component on the EMG 6 uses tubing for construction. In this video we show you how to accurately and easily mark tubing for these applications. Link to the Tube Marking Templates https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B6fcluqN5u3oUDI1R1BycExnYlE&usp=sharing
3D Printing For Experimental Aircraft
A look at the use of 3-D printing technology to build the EMG-6 Electric Motor Glider. All of the 140+ 3-D printed part files available for free download.
Flight Control Gap Seals (From Pool Noodles)
In this "how it's made" episode of building the EMG-6 we look at a cool little trick for converting pool noodles into flight control gap seals. For details on how we manufactured the cutting dies and refined the cutting process visit the EMG web site. http://www.electricmotorglider.com/2016/06/video-cutting-flight-control-gap-seals.html
"How To" Tachometer Calibration using a Video Camera or IPhone
"How To" Video on checking the calibration on a tachometer using a video camera, cell phone, or IPad.
Twist Welding Cable (How To)
In this segment of "Building the EMG-6" we look at a nifty little trick called Twist Welding. Used to treat the end of a cable so that it prevents unraveling and simultaneously necks down the end making it easier to insert into a hole.
Building The EMG-6 (CNC Drilling and Cutting Fuselage Boom)
We've recently started working on the kits for the fuselage boom. The majority of the fuselage boom is built from 2024 T3 aluminum .040" thick and all the components are CNC cut on the CNC router and bent using the CNC press brake. Using the CNC router to cut sheet metal and drill it is not the most efficient method, but provides us a cost-effective method to produce the parts with CNC accuracy. There are a total of 5 different sheet-metal patterns that produce parts from 4 x 8 sheets. Each sheet has from between 6 to 20 different toolpaths. In the video which is all time lapse photography it happens quickly but in reality each sheet requires between 3 to 5 hours of drilling and cutting time. The sequence of events requires drilling 4 locations on the sheet that gets screwed to the MDF tabletop. Then the drilling proceeds to drill all of the locations on the sheet that are required to hold down small parts or hold the perimeter of the fixture while the cutting is being completed. This is usually between 100 and 200 holes all of which have to be screwed to the tabletop manually. the next step is the remaining holes need to be drilled where rivets will be placed during construction. Depending on the sheet this will usually be between an additional 800 to1000 drill holes. The next steps are 2 to 3 different toolpath cutting out the interior components such as lightning holes. Failure to have a screw in each one of the small components can oftentimes lead to that part flipping up and jamming the CNC router or breaking a cutting tool. Next all of the exterior components are cut and then we follow up with the detail work of cutting the small components. Then all of the screws are removed from the components and stacked and organized ready for bending. The tabletop is then cleaned and the next sheet is put in place for the next series of parts. After 5 sheets have been cut on the MDF tabletop the surface is destroyed from the router and drill bits cutting .125 inch into the MDF that the entire tabletop has to be resurfaced and an additional 5 sheets can then be cut. After 20 sheets are cut the MDF sacrificial tabletop has to be replaced and the process can be repeated again.
"Building The EMG-6" Tube Cutting Templates
"Building The EMG-6 Series" Fuselage Frame Instrument Panel marking and cutting Fuselage Frame tubing using the PDF Files and the tube templates.
Composites 101 (Vacuum bagging carbon fiber)
This is an older video that was created to demonstrate the processes used when manufacturing a carbon fiber components used in the EMG. This video was shot during one of the classes that we were conducting on composites.
EMG-6 Tow Release Testing
EMG-6 Tow Release Initial Test. Raw footage.
Bending Sheet Metal Part 1
In this episode we are going to be looking at bending aluminum sheet metal for aircraft. In particular, we will take an in-depth look at the theory, making a flat layout, calculation bend allowance, using a K factor Chart, and determining set back. This is a companion video for technically speaking article published in the May 2017 sport aviation magazine https://electricmotorglider.com/2017/06/01/bending-sheet-metal-part-1/
Bending Sheet Metal Part 2
In today's episode, Part 2 of bending sheet metal for aircraft, we are going to be taking a look using and setting up an aircraft sheet metal finger brake. This is a companion video for technically speaking article published in the June 2017 sport aviation magazine https://electricmotorglider.com/2017/06/01/bending-sheet-metal-part-2/
3D Printed **Press Brake Dies* *That Really Work**
In this video, we look at a low cost way to manufacture press brake dies. And we convert our 3-1 harbor freight press, roll, sheer into a usable tool for building aircraft. Using a 3D printer, we print and put into service plastic 3D printed press brake dies for our 20 tons CNC hydraulic press. They work great! Link to .STL files https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/0B6fcluqN5u3oOGtnc0llamZORmM?pageId=111432934969316601083