Category: Solid Modeling & CAD

An introduction of professional tools for hobby community – Part 3

Prologue

Using computer, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and modeling software; Not only we can visualize our design, we now can test, assemble and see how the parts fit before we start making them. Dramatically reduce error and bad design as a result. In this blog, we want to assist beginners by sharing our views on using these technologies, knowing the basics and transitioning your design from screen to a real part.

F3C layout in 3D using Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp is 3D modeling tool, the software is free for anyone to use and is available for download directly from Google website. The current version is 8.0 and is compatible with Windows XP and above also Mac OS X (10.5 and above).

Google SketchUp website, Google SketchUp version 8.0 & Google SketchUp viewer

Virtual F3C Layout file: F3C Layout.skp (2.91 MB) hosted under hotfile.com

FAI Sporting Code Section 4

Based on the official FAI Sporting Code Section 4 – 2011 Edition, F3C – Radio Control Model Helicopters competition document, section 5.4.A we created a virtual F3C Contest area.