Dear Wing Helper community,
version 1.4.0 is coming along nicely - if all goes according to the plan, we will have the first public beta version before end of this year!
In this article, we present you the most interesting already implemented new functions and improvements, as well as a detailed list of what else we have planned for 1.4.0. Please note, that the functions presented here are not yet available in the current versoin 1.3.1. The license for 1.3.1 will still remain valid also for the version 1.4.0.
1. Airfoil spanning over multiple panels
Wing Helper currently supports airfoil spanning within one panel. Starting with the version 1.4.0, Wing Helper will introduce airfoil spanning over multiple panels. If a airfoil spans more than one panel, this is also depicted in the main wing view:
2. Lightening holes
Every gram of weight counts! For that reason, Wing Helper 1.4.0 brings the support for automatically placed lightening holes. The exact shape of the holes can be defined in the usual Wing Helper manner, by specifying the corresponding parameters:
3. Airfoil designer
The completely overhauled function "Import Airfoil" now also offers the possibility to trace and reproduce airfoils you found on the internet or scanned from old magazines. This means, you also get to use the airfoils which are not included in the standard Wing Helper distribution, respectively which are not yet available as a DAT or as a COR file. The following screenshots are showing the functionality of the new "Airfoil Designer", starting with a base form with embedded background picture, all the way to the finished airfoil.
The list on the right side of the window holds all previously imported or manually defined airfoils available on your disk. If you don't need an airfoil any more, you can now also remove it from the list (and therefore from the disk).
4. Holes in building tabs for easier removal
To be able to easily remove the building tabs after the wing is finished, Wing Helper will support the option to also include the corresponding "holes" or "notches" into the tabs:
This is how such building tabs will look in the DXF output:
5. 3D Export to SCAD
If you wish to work on details of your wing in a 3D CAD program, Wing Helper 1.4.0 will give you the possibility to export your designs as a 3D SCAD file. SCAD files can be opened, viewed, and exported in STL format by a free (open source) program OpenSCAD. This allows you to also implement the ideas which are not yet supported by Wing Helper or which do not fit well with the Wing Helper's parametric approach. Of course, this does not mean, that Wing Helper is not striving to cover all the needs of ambitioned RC plane designers! We will continue to follow the path we set out, there are no plans to switch over to a 3D CAD approach.
6. What else do we plan for 1.4.0?
Last but not least, here is the list of functionalities, which we seek to implement in Wing Helper 1.4.0. Please note, that we can not guarantee, that all the items on the this list will be ready in time for 1.4.0. Those which don't make it on time will be moved to 1.5.0 (or later).
- G-Code export for hot-wire CNC cutters
- Improved support for definition of ailerons
- Visibility control for single elements in the wing
- Attach notes (comments) to single wing elements
- Half ribs
- "Settings" dialog, with parameters like:
- Standard paths
- Orientation in the panel editor window
- Notches in the leading and trailing edges
- Silhouette of the original rib in DXF
- UNDO / REDO for panel editor
- "Distribution function" for ribs within a panel (e.g. "have ribs 1-4 with 4cm in between, 5-10 with 5cm")
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