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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.

Step 1: The 3D Parts

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.
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T0BY19 days ago
Elegantly done!

I have a 3d printer and would like to build my own drone. Anyone have suggestions for a good website where I can buy all the electronics needed? I will print all my drone body parts.

RoganF1 month ago

Hello Javi, thanks for the interesting project. I am building one. One note about your hardware list - you need m6 bolts to go with the m6 nuts on the clamps (not m4, as listed) and 60mm is NOT long enough to close the clamp as shown in your images... maybe 75mm? So far so good. I changed the print orientation of the clamps to improve their overall strength. The small Z-axis cross-sections looked like they might be too weak in the original model orientation. The changed direction also uses a lot less support.

bertwert1 month ago

What was the cost of the following please?

4 x Motor

1 x Propeller kit (2 times left and 2 times right rotating)

1 x Propeller accessory pack

4 x ESC (electronic speed controller)

1 x Radio receiver (with a minimum of four channels)

1 x Flight Controller

Okay, after some link clicking and googling - a bit under $300 (Including battery & charger)?

Would it be possible to build a similar thing for under $100 (without 3D printed parts)?

I would need?

4 Motors

2 Left propellers

2 Right propellers

4 ESCs

1 Radio Receiver

1 Radio Transmitter

1 Flight Controller

1 Battery

1 Charger

Am I missing anything?

Can you suggest cheaper items to make this total under $100?


kivster1 year ago
I don't have a 3d printer so can somebody recommend one that is not super expensive
Also check out 3D printing hubs around you, in St. Louis (where I am) there's plenty of them. Many college students will list themselves as a a "hub" and although they're really just some guy with a printer trying to pay off student loans, they're usually good to work with and give you a good price. And finally the best option besides buying your own printer is to find your local hackerspace, check Meetup.com and search your area for one, they usually have a 3D printer and they might even let you use it for free! Hope that helps!

braytonlarson I'm right across the river(Granite City,IL).Do you have anyone in particular you can personally recommend?Thank You!

Arch Reactor is a great hackerspace. They have a laser cutter, 3D printer, and a small CNC. They're great people who always are happy to help out and there are usually people there every tuesday and sunday afternoon. I'd reccomend going to one of their Laser Nights, held monthly, where you can meet some people and learn how to use the laser cutter. There's more information on their website ( http://archreactor.org/ ) and their schedule for main meetings is on meetup ( http://www.meetup.com/Arch-Reactor-Hackerspace/ )

Also building one isn't to bad of an idea. There plenty of instructables on it and with a little bit (actually more like a ton) of work you can make a decent entry level printer for cheap.

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

jacpac52 months ago

First of all, great project and i cant wait to do it myself. And secondly, what bluetooth module did you use?

anfre632 months ago


studleylee2 months ago

Very cool and all in one place article Thanks!!!

falconsamad2 months ago

Simple and awesome idea

nail.salafy7 months ago
Jasper van Loenen hello! You can help get your set of drone?
willyw29 months ago

This DIY Drone kit look pretty cool. Me myself i wish i could get one but i do not own a 3D printer and i cannon get the parts that are used in this. I wish i could get them but in your early'er reply's to comments that say you do not sell them is quite disappointing! I have been trying to learn how to build one out of house hold items but i cannot find a motor that is small enough and light weight enough , cheap enough to work for my own needs. If you can send me a link to a webpage that sells small, cheap motors i would really appreciate it! (also i checked out your website and clicked the link to the website that sells the motors i couldn't find the price)

great design, how long can it fly for?

despistado1 year ago

Excellent work!! whats max altitude? and the weight can handle?

jwatkins131 year ago

This looks tailormade for a summer camp project!

Marker10241 year ago
excellent I will be printing this soon, thanks for sharing
wiredzax1 year ago
IT really is a cordless phone.
Halphinian1 year ago
this is awesome!
krukieh2 years 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)  krukieh2 years 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.
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.
meoutside1 year ago

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?

lukeD1 year ago
how much are the total costs of this project?
ThePuzzler1 year ago
How much did all the parts cost together? This would be an awesome gift for my friend.
electrolics2 years ago
what is the longest flight time you get with this setup?
scci2 years ago
How long does it fly for?
scci2 years ago
Make a youtube channel and attach these to more things please... I want to see the silver case fly
krukieh2 years 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?
marhar2 years ago
Great design and brilliant execution... Congratulations!!
oesti2 years ago
Congrats on winning the grand prize!

How about using your kit to turn the 3DR quad into a done? ;)
Very nice. You going to sell the kits? :-)
javl (author)  RobertNelson722 years ago
No, sorry.
I'd like to purchase one of these kits. How do i do so?
javl (author)  designbymobius2 years ago
Sorry, I do not sell them. Feel free to download the files and make your own though!
And voted 4 you!
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