This is a Quadcopter Racing Frame measuring about 27cm diagonally. I tried to make it a 250 frame, but I had problems with the props - so I scaled it up a bit. It is quite light - about 370g alltogether without the battery attached. I have chosen this design because I like to work with triangles and it prints well. The objects are modelled optimized for 3d print without the use of support material which I don't really like.
The Onyx was designed to bear a fatshark fpv camera at the front with an adjustable pitch angle. The roof can be lift and fixed in open position to tweak controller settings. The layout is optimized for a RC setup with Afro V3 12A ESCs, Multistar 1704 Motors and a KK Mini Controller I bought as a kit. But I think the measurements are pretty standard.
The focus was not speed but design. I know there are some flaws, but it was my first quadcopter project. It flies - good too!
Created with Autodesk Maya 2014 Education
I designed this model from scratch in the education version of Maya 2014. The organic feel of the form was very important to me - so I didn't intend to follow geometric rules. Nevertheless I like the lowpoly look and feel. It was very important for me to simplify the form. That sounds easier - but to reduce the form consumed most of the working time.
Project "Design racing drone"
- Project Name: Design Racing Drone
- Overview & Background: The project teaches the basic understanding of the structural needs of a racing quadcopter.
- Objectives: The important lesson to learn is the combination of interesting design with the function it is aiming at.
- Audiences: Students, for example from our Multimedia 3D Classes 3rd to 5th grade (17 - 19 years old) and adults in a special 3D print workshop.
- Subjects: Basic electronics, 3D Design, Hobby Flight, Product Design
- Skills learned: 3D Modelling, Low Poly Modelling, Aerodynamic Design, Functional Design
- Lesson/Activity: Students will begin with basic information about what is needed in a quadcopter model. Structural requirements have to be inculded into their basic design. They start to modell with Autodesk Maya. Very important is the optimization for 3D print - optimally without the use of support material. Test prints will clear up last problems before the final product can be printed.
- Duration: 24 hours (3 - 5 days workshop)
3 hours for scribble and research
9 hours of modelling
6 hours for test printing and changes (not including print time)
6 hours of construction
- Preparation: Shopping list for drone parts has to be checked. A basic understanding of 3D software is preferable but not mandatory.
- References: There are many drone related websites where you get the basic idea. There are also many videos on the internet. Research can be made individually.
- Rubric & Assessment: Students will learn the basic process of product design meeting some important goals and restrictions. Prototyping with 3D print is a very interesting possibility because of the speed of the process.