DroneBot Quadcopter Robot

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DroneBot Quadcopter Robot by FlyHighRC Mar 17, 2013



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This is DRONEBOT! Its a 3D Printable quadcopter which is so incredibly tiny!
260mm motor shaft centre to motor shaft centre.

If you want a complete RC FPV Drone then this is what you’ll need. Though everything for a complete drone is pretty pricy some things such as the transmitter only need to be purchased once..the transmitter had something called model memory so you could have say 6 different models all with different settings and you just click the model that you programmed and named in a menu for the model that you want to fly. Also these batteries can be used on other models.

Parts list:
X4) Brushless motors http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__5378__C1822_Micro_brushless_Outrunner_2100kv_14g_.html
X4) Speed Controllers http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__18002__HobbyKing_Red_Brick_10A_ESC.html
X4)Propellers http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__22753__5030_Propellers_Black_3xCW_and_3xCCW_6pcs_per_bag.html (you will break props in the learning process so buy as many sets as your budget allows)
X1) Flight Controller http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__22322__MultiWii_NanoWii_ATmega32U4_Micro_Flight_Controller_USB_GYRO_ACC.html
X5)Batteries http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__18847__Turnigy_800mAh_3S_30C_Lipo_Pack.html ( I recommend getting as many batteries as you can, I recommend at least 5 since that means you can fly over and over once the last pack is depleted you can add the next charged one and recharge the other)
X1) Transmitter http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__8992__Turnigy_9X_9Ch_Transmitter_w_Module_8ch_Receiver_Mode_2_v2_Firmware_.html (includes the receiver)
X2) Gold Connectors http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__66__2mm_Gold_Connectors_10_pairs_20pc_.html (very commonly used to connext motors to speed controllers, SOLDERING REQUIRED)
X1) FPV System http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__20672__Fat_Shark_Predator_RTF_FPV_Headset_System_w_Camera_and_5_8G_TX.html (Includes all fpv equipment)
X1)Cloverleaf Antennas http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__27750__5_8GHz_Circular_Polarized_spiroNet_Antenna.html (Highly recommended over the standard antennas that come with the FPV System as they improve range..over a Mile..)

It is Developed as my entry into a Develop3Ds printer competition :)

Thank you

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You will need to print off four of the motor arms which are the long pieces :)

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hi. i just printed the body part of your design and it came out great, i scaled it up to 145% 1 shell with 100% fill, layer height .15. printed with abs in gray at 220 extruder 110 bed using abs slurry over kapton tape on a flashforge dreamer. it took 32 meters and 12 hours to print. support was used and printed it flat and face up. fits perfectly on the printer bed and to my surprise the four mounting posts now fit a kk2 flight controller perfectly. the leg openings are 8mm. already did a test print of a leg in low quality and it printed well at 2 shell and 15%fill. straight as an arrow no warping visible. strong enough to test fly but not crash resistant. initially not a good fit between the two and some sanding is needed. the body top is printing right now. i hope it comes out ok with no supports and 1 shell w/100% fill. 5hr and 10mts of filament. thanks so much for this sweet little robot drone. i need help posting photos and choosing the components. open to suggestions.

hi Maya,

may i have your STL files, i will try it too in my Cubex Trio printer. And where did you edited for scale?
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I am printing the arms right now. I will post pictures when the entire thing is complete. Great looking design but just by looking at the arms right now I do not think the escs will fit in them. Will update once it is complete.... I may try and scale it by 150% if this doesn't work.

has anyone made this? any pictures? what support settings did you guys use?

Any pictures of this made anyone?

Great design btw..
I printed this on my Solidoodle 3, the walls of the frame are too thin.. I had to print a lot of support material.. and when removing it the frame broke in half.. thickness of walls need increased x 2

do you hve any pictures?

Thanks very much :) Sorry to hear that..how did the arms turn out? Ill update the fuselage body asap :) Thanks for giving it a go. are you abl to send pictures of the result? good or bad so i can see if anything else needs sorting while im increasing the wall thickness

Are there any flight videos of this cute little thing

Not just yet, Im 19 and cant afford a 3D printer. This is actually my entry to win a 3D printer which if i win it will be built with full instructional video :) Thank you

Because I am working professional with mesh generators and with tools for shading I want to know how you made this construction (with which software)? It is a phantasitc design anyway

Thank you very much :) The design was done using Solidworks. I have been teaching myself how to use it since November. The main body was done with a few extrusions, 2 lofts and then was spilt to top and bottom then each piece was shelled using solidworks shell function All the components were done using a picture and real life dimensions. Thanks :)

Neat. Any specs?

I have added the length, will add a parts list soon, be aware i have not printed this as i dont own a 3D printer. But do have experience with multirotors. I will be updating as i go :)

Cool, looking forward to it. Any info about the components? Good luck with your project.

I have added the parts list :)

Hey if you have the other parts I will print you the other parts for free and send them to you. I would love to build one as well but dont have the cash to right now(: Let me know, Im serious as a heart attack (: Nice job I am still learning to model in inventorCad but have very little time with kids and school(:

Thanks mate, very generous offer but i am also tight on cash at the moment...The electronics wouldnt be much but are above the money that I have available t me at the moment. Thanks though :) very kind

Forsure, and I just checked out your site then followed link to foamfighters youtube channel and saw your first design in action. Awesome bro, love it and it has inspired me to start building flying craft with my printer, and a few robots with Pi for brains(: