But the place where the wings mount on Sword2 is profiled to fit the wings, which makes it more difficult to make new wings to fit on it. (I made a wing for a Sword2 and it took a lot of measuring and a bit of finishing to get a good fit). It think the single piece Mast & fuselage designs from Gong and Gofoil have merit (They look similar but different sizes as far as I know...). Where wings and fuselage just plug into the tapered sockets on either end, should be easy enough to mold that socket using a cheap aluminium fuselage from gong.
Thats an interesting observation. I always thought the mortice and tenon provided one of the strongest joints. The butt joint of many Alu mast foil to fuse strikes me as an inherently weaker design. Its true the only fuselage I have seen fail was Moses (metal) but that was in somebody who spends more time in the air than riding it in the water and lands hot all the time. Maybe the issue is not so much the joint itself but how much material is taken away? Ketos and Alpine may have a little more material where the joint is and the latest Lift fuselages are pretty beefy. I wonder what else you have seen broken.Mossy 757 wrote: ↑Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:58 pmYeah Moses are like that, my Delta is like that, Chubanga V2...
I've seen a few models crack those junctions from the torque the strut puts on the inside of the thin carbon fuselage during hard riding, and the owners essentially had to fuse the mast and make a 1 piece foil that could not disassemble.
I'm not convinced it's against all viable business models.TomW wrote: ↑Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:01 pmI like the idea of : open interface that will standardize mast/fuse and wing/fuse interface. But unfortunately, I don't think any volume manufacturers will adopt it. It goes against their business model.
Another way to promote it is someone creates it, open sources feedback and integrates it into a final design. Then publishes the 3D files and smaller makers/ designers start designing wings ( and publishing them too) so people and start-up foil companies can make them. It would have to be a design that is relatively simple to make.
It would probably be adopted by Chinese companies. Same as happened with open OX cnc.
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