MakerBot Print is our newest print-prepration software, which supports native CAD files and STL assemblies,
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by 2ROBOTGUY Nov 26, 2011
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will it work without battery?, or should i add one just for the weight?

Thin plastic bags from the grocery or hardware store work very well. Very thin layer of model glue on the leaf, stick it down on the bag the trace with an x-acto. I just cant get it to stop hitting the launcher stick on the way up.

video not working?

FYI, botanically speaking its called a samara.

When I slice, it has errors and doesn't show the entire wing, just the battery holder. Can you please check and re-post as necessary? I'm using slic3r that came with the 12 July 2013 release of Pronterface.

FYI, That you tube link is private, I can't watch it.

Should that be a cr2032 size battery?

This looks really cool, but I don't own SolidWorks. Would you mind generating a LED Leaf V5.STL?

How do you launch it? Also, I think that people who compete with rubber band powered airplanes make the wings by creating a frame and then poring some polymer on the surface of a bucket of water and then dipping the wing in. It creates a surface much like a bubble blower but solid. That should help with the flying time.

Thanks for the info. Will look into that process for LED LEAF PLUS. To launch the LEAF, there is a hook near the battery.

They use buterate or nitrate dope to make super thin film... for indoor rubber power planes it is fairly fragile so you would have much better luck using an iron on plastic covering or laminating film