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Micro Cloud Copter: Customizable Quadcopter Tricopter Hexacopter Octocopter Multirotor!

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Micro Cloud Copter: Customizable Quadcopter Tricopter Hexacopter Octocopter Multirotor! by driggers Jul 18, 2015
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Summary

A customizable brushed micro multicopter frame inspired by Benedikt Haak's dream catcher quadcopter frame (The Ultimate Micro Quad). It has a motor pop-off feature that protects the quad during impacts, and the floating Flight Deck which dampens vibrations. Several valuable improvements are implemented:

Each motor is fixed to a casing which protects the leads, reduces motor twisting, and secures motor end-caps during crashes.

The Micro Cloud Copter can be customised to suit any reasonable number of motors, any multicopter configuration, and any size of brushed motors, including mixed sizes (theoretically).

The Micro Cloud Copter is implemented in OpenScad for easy customisability.

The project is hosted at https://bitbucket.org/alejandroerickson/micro-cloud-copter/overview

Instructions

Just print a frame, some motor jackets, Benedikt's Flight Deck and assemble it with loom bands as shown in the picture.

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Sweet! I like custom ;)

I see the props in your pics not pushed flush against the motor container or motor housing. To protect the motors, I prefer to push the props all the way against the motor housing. To accommodate for that, the hole on top of the containers should be 5mm in diameter. I didnt print it yet, but they look smaller.

Maybe this is what you need

Micro Cloud Copter mount for 8.5mm motors with 5mm shaft hole
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:933135

Micro Cloud Copter mount for 8.5mm motors with 5mm shaft hole

Very nice, thank you!

They are 2.5mm, and you are right that the props don't go down to the motor housing. It would be difficult to make a hole that large and still have 50% of the motor exposed to the air (I expect better cooling properties will extend the life of the motors). It is also important that there are layers that cover both the sides and tops of the motors, because the most strength is obtained that way, so there is a bit of an engineering problem to deal with if you want the full strength of the housing AND a big hole.

In the mean time, change the variables:
Motor_Shaft_Hole_Diameter=2.5;
and if you need to, increase
Motor_Jacket_Wedge_Angle=90;

I'll test that in customizer in a second and reply again if it does not work.

how much does the quad cost?

The flight controller is here
http://www.multirotorsuperstore.com/controllers/controllers-by-firmware/baseflight-cleanflight/beef-s-brushed-board.html
Motors:
http://micro-motor-warehouse.com/
And you'll have to print this frame yourself (although, MMW, above, sells a similar one).
You'll need 1s lipos as well, plus an satellite-type rx, like the orange rx110

This build costs around $100 (plus all the bits and bobs it takes to "get into" quadcopters).

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