Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Solido provided a sample model that demonstrates an interesting way to exploit the flexible PVC material. The model prints out as a number of flat, semi-rigid parts with living hinges and flexible tabs.

Fold the parts at the hinges and pass the tabs through openings in another piece.

These tabs tuck securely into the underside of the wing piece, thereby snapping the pieces together.

When all the pieces are assembled in this way, you get a modernized plastic version of the good old 'paper airplanes' we used to make from paper.

This gives me some fresh ideas for foldable models!

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