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Date:  12-7-2019
Number of Hours:  5.00
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Brief Description:  Fitting elevator tips.

Began working with the elevator tip installation. I found that they fitt rather poorly, and had a large gap between the counter balance skin and the fiberglass tip. I know that the tip can be heated some and reshaped to some degree and help improve the fit, But, i had another thought.
To be able to get the "Exact" shape to fit the counter balance skin, I used cardboard to "Trace" the outer perimeter of the skin where the tip fits. I re-created the skin tracing into my CAD program and then offset the outer skin tracing by the thickness of both the skin and the fiberglass to create a shape that wound fit into the fiberglass tip and hold it into the exact shape of the part it fits into.

I can now use some heat, (Hot water), to cause the tips to hold the proper shape. Or, i may simply glue them into place and leave them to provide some structure strenght as well as hold them into the needed shape. They weight about 2 oz. each if that.

** Next post shows before and after pictures**
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CAD design for elevator tip inserts

CAD design for elevator tip inserts

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Foam inserts cut on CNC rounter

Foam inserts cut on CNC rounter

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installed into the fiberglass tips

installed into the fiberglass tips

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