Quadcopter V1

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Quadcopter V1 by gaetanlaure Dec 19, 2016
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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.





Available on my website: http://gaetanlaure.com/the-quadcopter-v1



To be laser cut:

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.

To be 3D printed with ABS:

I recommend 70% (or more) infill and 1.2mm top and bottom and wall thickness.

To be 3D printed with ABS or PLA:

Other parts/hardware needed:


Main components:

Propulsion chain:

Wires/connectors/wire mesh/heat shrink:

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how much does it cost to build it?


For the drone itself it’s about 750 € (including the gimbal, the video transmitter, the SpiroNET antennas, the 433MHz telemetry and two LiPo batteries). You can reduce the price to about 600 € using the T-Motor Air Gear 350 pack (which seems quite good).

After that, you have to add the GoPro (3/3+ or 4), the radio transmitter (I would recommend the Taranis X9D) and a video receiver (FatShark goggles or a classic FPV monitor screen).