A friend and I have been working on a multirotor project. Â We began by purchasing a GAUI frame and fitting it with an APM 1 autopilot from DIY Drones. Â It all started as a project basically entirely from store-purchased components, with a bit of soldering and plenty of zip ties required to get everything together.
Our first flights were fairlyÂ successfulÂ considering how quickly (and somewhat haphazardly) the parts came together. Â I was literally soldering on my hotel balcony on a dinky 1 by 1 foot plastic side table using cheap components. Â Nevertheless, things turned out pretty well, and the DIY community has done a fantastic job with making the APM friendly and easy to use.
This is our first quadrotor, “Viking”, running entirely autonomously. Â Keep in mind that we can take over control via RC at any time.
The GAUI frame is neat, but it won’t work well for what we have planned. Â We had purchased a spidery frame which, while it looked cool, was far too flimsy, and broke upon impact. Â We’ve been meaning to build our own Y6 frame, which has three booms, each with one motor pointed upwards and one motor pointed downwards, making for a total of six. Â The advantage there is that you can theoretically lose a motor in flight and keep on going.
We want to put a gimbaled camera underneath our multirotor, and have nice components for the electronics and battery pack . Â Seeing as it is better to have a custom design that one can change oneself to fit one’s needs, and I need to get up to par with my CADing skills, I made up some drawings for a new frame.
The result looks nice. Â I wanted it to be entirely fabricated using parts available from McMasterCarr and CNC-ed flat G10 sheets. Â This design fits the bill, with standoffs, fasteners, tubing, and foam from McMasterCarr. Â I haven’t seen it built yet, and am not sure what the tolerance levels on CNC machines are, but I am hoping that it will fit together rather nicely. Â Â Hopefully I’ll have some nice photos to put up once it gets machined and built.
All renderings were made with Solidworks.