The Sky Is the Limit - What High-speed Milling and Model Gliding Have in Common

Thu, November 03, 2016

Category: News, Press-Release, Milling Machines

DATRON CNC technology sets new standards for the construction of remote-controlled gliding models

The successful team: Martin Weberschock (Pilot), Frank Thomas and Helmut Edenhofer (from the left).

In September at the Lippeweide Pokal 2016 in Lünen a small sensation occurred. A newly developed glider model, developed by the mechanical engineering specialist DATRON AG, reached third place among 57 experienced participants. This excellent placement did not happen without reason. Not only the technical and fine-motor skills of the internationally renowned model pilot Martin Weberschock were the key to this instant success, but also the forward-looking construction and pioneering implementation of the prototype model glider. The ingeniously planned production was not easy to handle. By means of a high-precision DATRON MLCube LS milling machine with linear scales, the original models of the Plexiglas molds were produced with a surface finish that required quasi no post processing. As a result, the previously performed highly complex aerodynamic calculations could be optimally converted into corresponding milling geometries. The DATRON model designers then molded the plexiglas shapes of the individual components from carbon fibers.

In doing so, DATRON AG sets new standards in the competitive class of remote-controlled glider models with a span of three meters (F3B). At the same time, the innovative machine builder proves to be a supplier of high-tech products that are ideally suited for prototyping and mold making. The result can be seen with the naked eye: DATRON customers receive high-precision with virtually no need for rework resulting in highly sophisticated components.

On a smaller scale DATRON offers the revolutionary 3-axis milling machine DATRON neo, which recently celebrated its official world premiere at the AMB in Stuttgart and IMTS in Chicago, an innovative product solution for small series and prototype construction. Based on the Plug & Play principle, the compact all-round talent can be controlled via the brand-new DATRON next software, even without years of milling experience, and enables the easiest access to high-speed CNC milling.

About the competition:
The Lippenweide Trophy is a partial contest of the F3B World Cup World Cup FAI organized by the FAI. In this competition the three disciplines of thermal flight, route and speed are to be completed with a glider model. This requires aerodynamically highly sophisticated flight models, which require very high precision and stability at a very low weight, since the flight tasks partly contradict in their requirements. In the case of speed flight, for example, forces of up to 30 times of gravitational acceleration impact the model.

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