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Build Your Own Eco-Quad Copter from Reused and Recycled Materials

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     As a student enrolled in an academic, technical high school, I have been exposed to many aspects of technology, including engineering, vehicle design, and electronics. However my area of focus is currently law, public safety and government policy. With the frequency of drones in the media, I have become interested in their potential impact on the future of our daily lives. This interest, combined with my concern for the environment, has brought me to a point where I have decided to create a drone that is both aerodynamically feasible and environmentally responsible. 

     Being on a high school student's budget is not the best place to begin.  The more I looked into the possibilities, the more discouraged I became, because the typical materials and components used in a quad copter are either out of my price range, or prone to destruction after just a couple of rough landings. I soon realized that I was really going to have to think outside the box to come up with an affordable design concept that could get off the ground, without breaking the bank, or my hopes and dreams for flying. 

    As I began designing this, my first quad copter, I had certain goals that I wanted to achieve. First my multi-rotor must be watertight, since I want to fly it over water, as well as land. Therefore, I needed to consider the materials for the fuselage, as well as those that would connect the body parts together. Obviously, my quad copter must also be buoyant, so again material composition, as well as the weight of each part, needed to be considered. Finally, I wanted to be able to fly the quad copter at night and have it be discoverable, if it were lost in a wooded area with dense foliage, so my lighting choices were also important.

     After spending some long nights in front of a computer screen, as well as many days experimenting, designing and assembling, I present the AZ-Eco Quad...

 

 

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arulmech14 hours ago

good job...can u tell me the weight of FRAME(BOTTLE) alone without electrical components!!!!!!

arulmech14 hours ago

good work ......really it is interesting project...can u tell me only the weight of FRAME (BOTTLES) without electrical components!!!!!!

Aditya M1 month ago

I only don't get that type of propellers:(

Awesome! Creative, detailed and precise. Good job!
Nice Job ,I think that is the best article about this them
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Jenniar8 months ago
Oh my god.How can you make a RC Heli cooler than my Walkera UFO Series!!
Metalweasel9 months ago
Well done! I build a triamaran out of old 1 liter bottles, but this is amazing. We really need to be looking at what we dispose of closer.
armstk1809 months ago
Hi Again :)
well , this is the Quad rotor which belongs to me and also the second picture are our team in IRAN ROBOCUP league that we could be 2# ! one of the most famous robotic competition in Asia

we call it Quad rotor but you call quad copter , which one of them mostly use in your sides ?

also i am an electronics designer , i can design any kind of radio control circuit's , let me know if there is any question about radio controls
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larrymummey9 months ago
THIS is what an Instrucable should be like! Well Done!
KT-AZ (author)  larrymummey9 months ago
Thanks! Glad you liked it.
AndyTallack9 months ago
Great job!
KT-AZ (author)  AndyTallack9 months ago
Thank you! It's been a fun project. I'm still learning a lot.
badboysmob9 months ago
That's creative
KT-AZ (author)  badboysmob9 months ago
Thanks!
sb49 months ago
Superb job of "scrounging" for appropriate materials and parts and checking out the various ways to fasten, bind, attach everything. It takes real creativity to look at "junk" and see utility and creation.

I'd like to see the project totally unpainted, just letting the parts speak for themselves -- seems like it would add some more "personality" as a recycled material project.

Well done, keep up the great work!
KT-AZ (author)  sb49 months ago
Thank you for such a nice compliment! Doing projects like this does give the "junk" a second life and a new personality. I might try an unpainted version another time. Thanks for the idea.
profw9 months ago
Fantastic Idea !! Would love to see a video of your drone in flight, from take off to landing.
KT-AZ (author)  profw9 months ago
Thanks! I'm working towards that goal.
nsnip9 months ago
Very cool! I'd love to see a video of it in action!
KT-AZ (author)  nsnip9 months ago
Thanks! I hope I can post a video at some point, but I have to become a better pilot first.
profw nsnip9 months ago
Me Too!
ldubia9 months ago
Congratulations on a really outstanding writeup and eco build. Very creative use of materials. Would love to see a video of flight.
KT-AZ (author)  ldubia9 months ago
Thanks a lot for the nice comment! I really have to get better at RC flying before I can post a video.
spylock9 months ago
Nice job,that one looks like it could bite,or sting.
KT-AZ (author)  spylock9 months ago
Thanks! It bites the dust on my landing attempts, more often than not. lol
armstk1809 months ago
Very nice quad rotor !

Good luck my friend
KT-AZ (author)  armstk1809 months ago
Thanks for the encouragement!
antoniraj9 months ago
Great job...
KT-AZ (author)  antoniraj9 months ago
Thank you!
husamwadi9 months ago
Wow, I never knew about poking plastic with a heated screwdriver! I used to try to dremel out holes and use nail clippers (just kidding) but it never worked.

Thanks!
KT-AZ (author)  husamwadi9 months ago
Melting holes usually does a good job on thin plastic.
ratmax009 months ago
Well done! This is a great write up. I'm amazed at the time taken to explain the process and the use of recycled materials. I'll be using this a learning platform for future projects. You've got my vote!
KT-AZ (author)  ratmax009 months ago
Thanks! I really appreciate such a nice comment!
aloes129 months ago
i made something like that last year at my school : )
KT-AZ (author)  aloes129 months ago
Cool!
thebear19 months ago
very nice white up good job on building this out of waste
KT-AZ (author)  thebear19 months ago
Thanks! I really enjoy creating projects like this.
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