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DIY (Drone It Yourself) Kit v1.0

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The DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0 kit offers you the opportunity to turn any object into a drone (or technically, an UAV). The kit consists of multiple parts that are easy to assemble and can be attached to a wide range of different objects.

For more advanced uses, you can take the original designs and alter the kit by making your own custom clamps or add-ons as needed.

The plastic parts have been 3D printed in ABS. The control unit contains a receiver, four ESCs, a bluetooth module and an Flight Controller. I've provided a list of the hardware and electronic parts I've been using, but feel free to try your own combination.

Watch a video of the kit in action below or continue to the next step.



 
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Step 1: The 3D Parts

Picture of The 3D Parts
clamp_bar.jpg
bolt_handle.jpg
motor_holder.jpg
extender.jpg
box_top.jpg
box_bottom.jpg
Lets start with an overview of all the 3D printed parts.
I recommend printing them in ABS or something similarly strong and durable. I printed them in ABS with a fill of around 50% and a rectangular mesh, but I think printing them with slightly more fill might be better. It will not increase the weight that much (all the printed parts are pretty light) and might increase the strength quite a bit.

Inside the DIY_files.zip file you will find:
* The orignal SolidWorks files
* STL files that are ready to be printed
* Renders of all the 3D files to get an idea of what they look like – please note they are all rendered at different scales.

For the basic kit, you will need the following parts:

4 x motor_mount – the part that holds the motor
4 x clamp.stl – the main body of the clamp
4 x clamp_bar.stl – the small block that forms the other end of the clamp
4 x bolt_handle.stl – a
1 x box_top.stl
1 x box_bottom.stl

Optionally you can also print the extender.stl file 4 times. This extender can be used to create a bit of extra space between to propellors to prevent them from hitting each other. I have used these in the kit you see in the photos as well.


Continue to the next step for the nuts, bolts and washers needed.
jwatkins133 months ago

This looks tailormade for a summer camp project!

kivster3 months ago
I don't have a 3d printer so can somebody recommend one that is not super expensive

The cube http://cubify.com starts at around $1,000. It's a good choice for beginners due to its ease of use and intuitive design program.

If you consider yourself more technologically advanced, dx.com has some 'make your own' kits to look into. http://dx.com/p/heacent-3dp02-3d-printer-assembly-kit-238922#.UtbUC_RDuSo

Marker10245 months ago
excellent I will be printing this soon, thanks for sharing
wiredzax6 months ago
IT really is a cordless phone.
Ouranos6 months ago
this is awesome!
krukieh9 months ago
how much the total cost of each drone (motors, battery..etc?
what kind of 3d printer do you recommend?
can you buy the clamps from hardware store?
I like the idea of attaching it to any object.
was the drone able to fly missions autonomously since you are using autopilot
javl (author)  krukieh9 months ago
But my parts were printed on an Up! printer in ABS. Someone else printed them for me, as I do not own my own printer. I would recommend ABS over PLA because it has better UV and temperature resistance. Might not be needed, but for something thats going to fly around its better to be safe than sorry.

The clamps can't be bough from a hardware store, as they are my design and you need to print them yourself ;)

I'm not using an autopilot but OpenPilot, which is an opensource project. At this point I can't use GPS and such, but I guess you can use a different controller that can.
jcarvalho6 javl6 months ago
Hello sir,
Is there any way you can make a video showing us how you assembled the entire drone (I mean connecting the parts and putting them all together). I will be using this for my project. in college.
meoutside6 months ago
Jasper,

Very cool, nice work!

Is there anything you would change about the design?
Do you like the sizing on the motors, propellers and speed control?

Thanks.
lukeD7 months ago
how much are the total costs of this project?
ThePuzzler7 months ago
How much did all the parts cost together? This would be an awesome gift for my friend.
electrolics8 months ago
what is the longest flight time you get with this setup?
scci9 months ago
How long does it fly for?
scci9 months ago
Make a youtube channel and attach these to more things please... I want to see the silver case fly
krukieh9 months ago
how about the servos (motors), did you 3d print these from scratch? I did not see a printing file for it. or you bought them from Hobbyking?
marhar9 months ago
Great design and brilliant execution... Congratulations!!
oesti9 months ago
Congrats on winning the grand prize!

How about using your kit to turn the 3DR quad into a done? ;)
sailtome699 months ago
Very nice. You going to sell the kits? :-)
javl (author)  sailtome699 months ago
No, sorry.
I'd like to purchase one of these kits. How do i do so?
javl (author)  designbymobius9 months ago
Sorry, I do not sell them. Feel free to download the files and make your own though!
JanPieterman9 months ago
And voted 4 you!
javl (author)  JanPieterman9 months ago
Thank you!
chros9 months ago
Great work!
I've got two questions: How long did your quad approx. fly with your setups (bike rim, phone,... )? What was your expirience with the kk board? Cause this v2.0 should have more or less the same features like the cc3d for half the price... http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=24723&aff=588847
javl (author)  chros9 months ago
I haven't flown it extensively (yet) as this was part of my graduation and I couldn't really take it outside during the exhibition.

I have hardly any experience with the KK board. I actually bought it while waiting for the CC3D to be released, and apart from trying to hover it a bit off the floor I never got to fly it. I think it's a simple but proven board though.
Jared_Reabow9 months ago
This is a cool inscrutable but the fact that they are buying a pre made kit and this is how to assemble your kit is a bit of shame, because you seem very good at explaining but you explained how to make your kit and nothing more.

I must say though, i do like the idea of attaching it to anything,if it were a hexacopter that had a it of redundancy i would attach it to a tablet computer, but as a quad i would be too afraid a motor fails and it crashes, i think the biggest failure points in the design are the wire joints, you have made this to be very flexible, but metal will only bend so many times before it fatigues and snaps especially solder joins like the motor windings.
javl (author)  Jared_Reabow9 months ago
Jared, not Jered, sorry.
javl (author)  Jared_Reabow9 months ago
He Jered, thanks for your comment. I just want to stress that I'm not selling anything, I'm giving away the designs for my kit for free.

I don't expect a lot of people to fully follow my instructable from beginning to end. My intention is to show some techniques I used, which might also be useful for others. For instance, someone already responded that he is going to make a case like mine. It won't be for a drone, but he liked the way I built it. Others might find my way of making a clamp that lets you connect things at different orientations interesting (you can connect the clamp in different ways, while the motor ca still point upwards).

I'm not sure about your point concerning the wire joints. There is no real tention on any part of the wire, When moving the motors around you get the flexibility from the cable, which will not break as long as you don't force it into weird sharp corners. It like, I don't know... moving your phone around while it's still plugged into the power outlet: as long as you don't walk away with it or step on the cable, the connections will be fine.

Again, my instructable is mostly meant to show different parts of the design which might be useful to others.
skrewedbylyfe9 months ago
except where can I d/l the do it yourself file
javl (author)  skrewedbylyfe9 months ago
It's the file called DIY_files.zip attached to step 1.
wonsnot9 months ago
I have wanted to put together something like this for a long time, but due to my inexperience I have not been able to find a cost effective way of doing this, and your parts list is perfect.
javl (author)  wonsnot9 months ago
Great to be able to help. Let me know how it turned out!
ToolboxGuy9 months ago
How long does the battery take to charge?
javl (author)  ToolboxGuy9 months ago
Charging usually takes about 20 minutes. It's pretty quick!
gowtham029 months ago
Hi Thanks for the instructible.
Very clear explanation.
But I could not get more information about "flight controller". Where did you get that?
Please let me know .
Thanks in advance
javl (author)  gowtham029 months ago
There is a thread on the OpenPilot forum where they discuss the availability of the CC3D, including several websites selling them. You will find this discussion here: http://forums.openpilot.org/topic/30603-cc3d-availability/ (I've added it to the last step of the instructable as well)
stonecode9 months ago
I'd buy this right away. The size is just perfect, also I can imagine a micro version of this. You just have to downscale the parts. Too bad I have no access to a 3D printer.
javl (author)  stonecode9 months ago
Hm... sounds like a good idea, a pocket edition.
Isn't there a FabLab around where you live, or maybe a hackerspace?
ZeroVirus9 months ago
Very interesting project. If you were unable to get your hands on a CC3D what substitue FC would you recommend?
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