I designed this quadcopter for aerial video. It's inspired from the RCExplorer tricopter (arms and motor mounts are the same, it can be folded up similarly). It uses an APM 2.5 (running ArduCopter open source software) and a GPS, which enable automatic flight modes (such as return to launch in case of signal lost, or following pre-programmed waypoints). The video stabilization is also quite good thanks to the 3 axis gimbal used.
Frame: Self-designed, made out of plywood and PMMA cast
I did it at SoFAB, using the Trotec Speedy 100 laser cutting machine. If you don't have the possibility to use a laser cutting machine you can do it with a CNC. With a CNC, the plywood parts could also be cut into 1.5mm G10/FR4 fiber glass or 3K carbon fiber. The PMMA cast parts could also be 3D printed with ABS or PLA.
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