How to make an entire drone/Multirotor and camera gimbal using laser cut parts

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the photo you see was taken from my first ever copter which i built in 2 hours, what i had not mentioned was my first copter used a laser cut frame i designed and produced whilst in school.

This difference between this post and my other about building multirotors is this is mainly to do with designing a custom frame, however i thought rather than  post links to the next tutorial, i would include it both for posterity and ease of use to those reading through and learning.

I currently pay to use my college laser cutter, unfortunately i have finished my course so i will not have the regular access i once had, part of the reason for submitting this instructable is in the hope i win the epilog challenge and can open a mini business selling my designs or at the very least open a world of possibility in design for me, not having to tiptoe around my college time table.

i hope you like my video intro

Step 1: New designs

Picture of New designs
So as of 12th of july i made new frames for a new copter, but i decided i would push the limits of 2d designing a 3d model and camw up with some innovative designs,

I was in contact with a company that studies copter and found interesting design features that increased efficiency and stability.

Anging the motos on a 10 degree tilt increases stability significantly, Raising the motors above cg can make the copter more stable and mounting the motors under the frame rather than on top gave a 9% power and efficiency increase in flight  due to no turbulence on the frame.

So i had that in mind for one frame, my other frame i wanted to be compact, so i could easily take it places without using up too much space.
So i wanted a folding frame but the conventional frame where the arms all fold down was a big issue, the joints had to be large to withstand the force they would be under and i would need 8 joins that add weight and unreliability,
So i came up with an entirely new frame that as far as i can see has never been made before. :)

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AnyaO9 days ago

please help me i want to make a fly camera please how i can make it pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

T0BY20 days ago
Very nicely done!
patlink722 years ago
Do you the files for the laser cutter to share please ?
Jared_Reabow (author)  patlink722 years ago
i am presuming you have a laser cutter?
Yes I am a design and technology teacher. Would like to build a model with my design club pupils.
Jared_Reabow (author)  patlink722 years ago
do you use 2d design?
Oh yes I use 2D design. Could you share all the files please
Jared_Reabow (author)  patlink722 years ago
i wont put the file up on instructables, but if you give me an email i will send them on over

Can you send me the files?

May I get the files also?
also would i be able to cut these with a service like with Pololu?
Jared_Reabow (author)  salmansheikh2 years ago
i have no idea is pololu does cutting, give me and email and tell me which design you want.
Thanks that sounds good to me. I will contact you via private message on the weekend or one evening
Thanks Pat
Jared_Reabow (author)  patlink722 years ago
also which design do you want??
Xixfas1 month ago

Can you send me the files?

kunalnc172 months ago

i am a grade 7 child and i love to make such stuff this is quite nice

Its too difficult for me but one who know about it and has the accessories its nothing for him
KPShaji7 months ago

hi, I wish to know more specific about. I want to teach my kids about it. Also source for each component.

Kindly let me know . Thanks

Dhruv bansal8 months ago
I Am in class tenth and i also want to make my own drone can
And i more ques i want to crack iit can i have some tips
Please reply my id is 'deebnsl65@gmail.com'

#good that's cool!

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ravirajp11 months ago
tvm7772 years ago
how much did you spend on that? could you please post a more detailed (price) list of parts? i want to buy an octo, or hexa copter (if cost too much only quad)i want use it for work, recording weddings with my gopro.
i saw your using arducopter software, so im very interested on this project.
Jared_Reabow (author)  tvm7772 years ago
ok well minimum price to build a quadcopter with everything to fly would be about £300
a hex is about £450

I can build one for you and mail it to you if you like.
This way you can have it built quickly and professionally, i would only charge for the parts and materials.

xhamzabutt@gmail.com 00923359407791

xhamzabutt@gmail.com 00923359407791

bro i want to make one for me kindly tell me the list of stuff needed to make drone camera

that almost the same price for one at arducopter site
hmm, what about listing the materials
300 pounds, is not 300 dollars. Right now, £300 is $456.93.. Look around on the internet, there are many great and arguably better deals than shipping it from the UK. Look at flitetest.com for great free plans and really inexpensive parts and a lot of versatility in design (tri copter, quad copter, 6, 8 12 copters, Line of sight and FPV (First Person View).
Jared_Reabow (author)  gmyers21122 years ago
you rent getting a line of site copter with everything you need to fly for $500
you forget i mean the radio the batteries the entire copter the charger.
but whatever i am not forcing you to buy a copter from me
Jared_Reabow (author)  tvm7772 years ago
but i am not buyign from them i buy from hobbyking or RCtimer
you have links from them?
Jared_Reabow (author)  tvm7772 years ago


Looking at commercially available photography drones, Ive noticed almost none follow your methodology defined by rotors at a 10 degree tilt and rotors under the frame instead of on top. Just out of curiosity how did you test these methods and why would you say commercial drones do not utilize these configurations despite their (apparent) effectiveness?

I really dont have wiring, sodering, or much mechanical experience at all but I do have laser-cutting and CAD experience and the variety of shapes you produced tells me you thought through the tests that got you to those conclusions.

Jared_Reabow (author)  trey.brasher.31 year ago
well the scientific testing was not done entirely by myself, a contracted company in the USA did a large amount of research but never published it, i had help from someone willing to share that information.

beyond testing, even theory supports the effects of this design.
and practical testing spoke the loudest for this design

I achieved descent rates far higher than any flat copter can achieve to the point i could even completely shut down the motors and still manage a controller high speed decent.
flight times for a vehicle of its weight were far beyond that of typical designs.
and maneuverability was largely unaffected and i was able to achieve higher top speeds than with flat designs.

Commercial do not develop these designs because of money, they can make a generic flat design fly for several hours and due to the nature of multirotors being for short flights, they do not see the need to improve efficiency, maneuverability or performance.

these designs are difficult to manufacture and would require non standard manufacturing processes.
As a result they are not taken up because at this moment in time they can get away with less than cutting edge designs.
sup3rb4dd1 year ago

is it possible for me to buy the already-cut pieces because i don't have a laser cutter

gr8 job dude i really like itx)
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