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3D Printed Hexacopter

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3D Printed Hexacopter by wtn Oct 3, 2013
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Summary

This Hexacopter is based off of my Quadcopter designs.
(Which are based off of MikeyB's Quadcopter.)

Changes from the previous design include:

  • 2 more arms, for a total of 6
  • Longer arms,
  • Better landing gears
  • Overall redesigns for improved usability

The hexacopter was printed on an UltiMax DYI 3D printer because the arms do not fit on many printers, and I needed larger print bed.
http://www.ultibots.com/ultimax-3d-printer-diy-kit/

Just added V2 files for stronger arms, and better camera mounting. Don't use original arms as the motor mountings could fail.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8x9KdXuLNM

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I have a blog following the development of my project.

http://wtn-projects.blogspot.com/

My Hexacopter components:

1x DX6i 6-Channel Full Range w/o Servos MD2 SPM6600
6x Afro ESC 30Amp Multi-rotor Motor Speed Controller (SimonK Firmware)
1x Hobby King Octocopter Power Distribution Board(Can be used for Hexacopter)
1x Hobbyking KK2.0 Multi-rotor LCD Flight Control Board
6x Turnigy D2836/9 950KV Brushless Outrunner Motor
1x Turnigy nano-tech 5000mah 3S 25~50C Lipo Pack
1x Turnigy Accucel-6 50W 6A Balancer/Charger w/ accessories
1x Hobbyking 60w Power Supply
1x Turnigy TGY-50090M Metal Gear 9g Analog Servo
3x Turnigy Battery Strap 330mm
1x Slow Fly Electric Prop 1045SF (4 pc)
1x Slow Fly Electric Prop 1045R SF RH Rotation (4pc)

My FPV Components:

(ReadMadeRC Custom 1.3 FPV Starter Package: 1258/1280MHz US Version)
1x 1.3Ghz 400mW Video Transmitter
1x 1.3GHz "Tan" Custom Read Made RC Version with SAW Upgrade Video Reciever
1x Power Cable for Receiver
1x 8dBi Patch Antenna
2x 450mAh 3s batteries
1x Light weight cables ready for transmitter and camera

(www.rangevideo.com)
1x HeadPlay 800 x 600 FPV goggles Combo

(www.securitycamera2000.com)
1x 690TVL Ultra WDR Pixim SEAWOLF HD CCTV Mini Camera 3.6mm Lens OSD Menu

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Where do you purchase the parts that are not printed?

I am thinking about making this and attaching a small camera to it. Do you think that I would be able to attach a 12 gram camera without dramatically changing how well it flies?

for that payload, it wont make that much of a diference, the max thrust from each motor is around 850g according to specs, thats 5.1kg......in other words get a bigger camera :)

Some one know how long is the arm?

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Aug 2, 2014 - Modified Aug 2, 2014

love it, but i have to ask, do the crossfire2 legs fit on there? and if the mount is the same, you think there is still enough room for 10x4.5 rotors?
because yours a bit too long for my printer.. i only got a 20*20 bed

one last question, sorry to bother, any recommendations where i could fit in an Ardupilot?

crossife2 legs fit well, i just tried it. and there is enough foom for 10x4.5 rotors :)

crossife2 legs fit well, i just tried it. and there is enough foom for 10x4.5 rotors :)

hi can you split up the legs so I can load just one, my pc is too slow to do all at once

did that just now. look to the remixes section

In the photos there seems to be a piece that covers the transmitter and keeps the antenna up. Is this file missing from the downloads section? I'd love to use it as I have the same transmitter. Thanks!

Sorry for the late response, I've been busy with school stuff. I have the antenna "collar" file listed on my quadcopter design.

http://www.thingiverse.com/download:263409http://www.thingiverse.com/dow...

What materials and temps did you use for the various 3D printed parts? Can't wait to build. I've modded you bottom plate to carry my GoPro.

I have the same problem as pklopping. I'm using upgraded motors with a different mount pattern...and I use autodesk. Perhaps you could create a version of the hex arms with a solid end mount plate. Then we can drill our own vent and motor holes. Not perfect, but easier than making a new version for every motor. Thanks for considering!

Great design! Built the crossfire about 6 months ago and now I building this!

Hey, Is this hexacopter capable of carrying a DLSR like the nikon d610?

Hey! This is awesome!
Sadly I need to adjust the motor mount holes before I can use it.

Could you please provide the part files in a format that I can use with 123D Design?

Hey, I'm glad that you like my design.

Unfortunately the modeling software I use, Alibre PE, only exports STL files.

You can get a 14 day trial at http://alibre.comalibre.com

Sorry.

It's cool. Thanks for the quick response!

I might try to fly with only two screws in each motor, or I'll edit the design using Alibre and post it back here as a remix.

Thanks again for the great design! I'll let you know how it works out!

Really like the landing gear.
Looks very stable.

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