What is Lofting? The term lofting is the act of
progressing from one shape to another in a smooth and continuous
manner. With the addition of the Geodetic Rib Construction
Module, you can also loft cross brace ribs, as
is often used by free flight enthusiasts. Your
finished wing can also be seen as a 3D rendering with the
optional 3D Rendering Module.
Lofting Module does just that and more.
For rib lofting, you simply define your basic wing layout,
as well as the root and tip rib airfoil shapes. Four different
wing types are supported:
1. Straight Tapered
2. Planform From File
4. Modified Elliptical
Straight Tapered wings can be produced
with up to five wing panels at one time. You may select
a different airfoil for each panel, or let CompuFoil calculate
the airfoil at each panel based upon the nearest define
Planform From File wings, as displayed
above, allows you to loft your ribs against a user defined
Elliptical wings are mathematically true
elliptically shaped wings.
Modified Elliptical wings are in effect
swept elliptical wings.
Selecting the Ok button starts the rendering
process. In less than a second, CompuFoil will generate
your complete set of ribs. Building tabs will also be present
if you turn them on. All ribs will have spar slots, holes,
etc.. automatically placed. You can view your planform layout,
ribs, or leading edge shaping guides by selecting the proper
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