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This Instructables guides you through how to design and manufacture your own Airbus Glider! Before we jump into this guide, start by first visiting Airbus Discovery Space where you can find some amazing lessons on why things fly. This will help to inform your glider’s design and help to fly further than the competition.

Using Autodesk Tinkercad, you’ll be taken step by step through the process of how to design and manufacture a glider using a 3D printer, laser cutter or just scissors. There’s multiple ways to design and make your glider so why not try as many as possible to see what works best.

Step 1: Getting Started in Tinkercad

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  1. Go to the Tinkercad Website. If you already have an Autodesk account, sign in. If not sign up, it’s free.
  2. Once signed in, create a new design.
  3. Change the name of your design by double clicking on the funny name.
  4. Place a Cylinder on the work plane, change the dimensions of the cylinder to 5 x 5 x 50mm.
  5. Change the amount of sides the cylinder has from 20 to 64 for a better resolution.
  6. Change the orientation of the cylinder by using the black arrows at the top of part, rotate the cylinder by 90 degrees.
  7. Congratulations, you’ve completed the main body of the Glider.
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AlexT3065 days ago
Great tutorial! How well do these gliders fly?