An Open-Source Aircraft that costs only $15,000 by Makerplane, designed to be built using readily available personal manufacturing equipment such as CNC machines and 3D printers (for non-structural parts). Have a look at the video…
All plans are open source and will be accessed and downloaded for free from our online repository. The build time for the MakerPlane is estimated to be about 500 hours, with the provided easy to understand assembly instruction.
“As a result of this campaign Indiegogo, we will be providing free plans, build instructions and electronic files online for our Open Source two seat aircraft.
Our research indicates that up to three out of four amateur built aircraft projects are abandoned before they are finished. With less than 2,000 new aircraft registered each year globally, that means about 6,000 aircraft projects out there are given up annually. That is a huge number and a lot of wasted money! CNC machines and 3D printers are now affordable consumer tools that are readily available for use at home, or at a local makerspace and are great at saving time and money when manufacturing lots of parts with high accuracy and repeatability. A wing rib, when built by hand, could take three or four hours each. With a CNC that time can be cut to as low as two to three minutes.”