Project 5: Press Fit

By: Zach Fuller

Info

We were given the project to create something using press fit. I googled press fit to try and get some ideas for what I could make. I found a cool looking airplane that was made out of something similar to press fit and that's where I got the idea. I then used Autodesk Inventor to create my airplane. My teacher showed me the "Loft tool" which is what I primarily used to contruct it. After finishing my design I sent it to a program called 123D Make, then I decided how big my card board is going to be and why type of cut I was going to use. After getting the plans I send it to illustrator to be properly formatted and set the cut line to the right red. Then I went to the Laser engraver with a program called UCP and we then cut out my three pieces of cardboard. After punching out all of my pieces, I cut a dowel to the right size and just began glueing my pieces together. The end price of my design was $1.80.

Possible Customers?

I really wasn't planning on making is to sell to anybody. If I did make this to sell to people the target audience would be children wanting a cool toy to play with. Another thing I could sell this for sort of decoration just to sit up somewhere in the house. It would be desirable just becuase it's really neat thing to mess around with.

Struggles/Review

The first struggle was trying to build the main cylinder of the airplane. I first tried using the free form tool but that was not working so then I just made made a cylinder and tried reading the edges. It still did not look the greatest so my teacher showed me how to use the loft tool. After finishing that I carried on with the process and did not come to another problem until I got to laser engraving. After cutting out the pieces I realized that I made my wings way to small and the began to fray on the end of the wings. This just made my final look a little wrong, so next time I would probably either choose a better material or just make the wings better in Inventor.

I was pretty proud of the end result because it took me quiet awhile to put together and after I was done I thought it looked really cool. It was fun piecing together the airplane and I also learned how to make things on Free form and I could make a cool design with hat in the future. I learned how to use the Auto desk program and how a dowel can help me line up my press fit.

Press Fit Airplane