dCal Blog 2018 Jun 03
One of the best things about dCal is the Materials Database. It will be small at first but it will grow over time. I've ordered samples of carbon fiber plate and tubing from a number of different places. I've gone out to all my local arts and crafts stores to see what kinds of materials they have. Its kind of sad when I think about the large hobby stores that existed when I was younger. They're all gone now. Sure, you can order materials on Amazon and have them delivered to your door, but it was nice when you could go to a local hobby store and feel the different materials with your hands.
When building frames from scratch, I've noticed a few annoying things:
Here are some dCal database photos I've taken so far:
Dragonplate 14x15.5mm Carbon Fiber tubing
Rock West 15.26mm OD Carbon Fiber tubing
Sky Shark 7.0mm OD Carbon Fiber tubing
I take all of the tubing photos at the same scale, so you can visually compare sizes. For example, the Sky Shark tubing really is that much smaller than the first two. It is designed for kites but I've used it for my drone frames too.
Lumenier 1.0mm Carbon Fiber plate
Midwest 1/16" Birch Plywood
Flat materials are also photo photographed at the same scale. Birch Plywood is actually lighter and much cheaper than similar sized carbon fiber plate. While it isn't nearly as strong as the carbon fiber, it is very strong when used for vertical bracing.
Each material has a link to where you can buy it. I'd like to invite manufacturers to contact me if you want your materials listed in the dCal database. At some point I'll have a form with the specific details I need for each database entry.
Much more to come!