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Here is my story,

So I finally started getting good at flying the quadcopter that I built at TechShop Menlo Park. But I wanted to be able see what the quadcopter was seeing when it was way up in the air. So I went out and bought a video transmitter and receiver and grabbed my GoPro.

I knew I wanted some ability to control the angle on the camera in mid flight but I didn't want the complexity nor weight of a full pan-tilt mounting system. I finally came up with this design to mount the GoPro to my Elev-8 quadcopter.

Step 1: The Design

I used AutoDesk Inventor completely for the design of this mount. I mocked up a camera and servo so that I could make an asssembly to make sure everything fit together.

I'll attach my design files so that you can use them for your own projects. Please make note that the servo mounting plate is designed to fit a Elev-8 quadcopter. You may need to modify this part to fit your own quadcopter.

Step 2: Laying the Flat Files Out in CorelDraw to Be Laser Cut

After flattening the files I imported them into CorelDraw to arrange them for cutting.

I cut the parts out of clear Acrylite acrylic using an Epilog Laser Cutting that is available at all TechShop locations.

Your setting will vary from machine to machine.

Step 3: Bending the Acrylic Using a Strip Heater

Both parts need to be bent. The bracket it a little tricky though. I used aluminum foil tape to block the areas I did not want heated then used a squared up block to fold them against.

The second piece is a little easier.

Simply line up the parts along the strip and once the acrylic has been heated sufficiently, fold it against a squared block to make sure it stays straight.

Step 4: Mounting the Camera and Servos.

Now things start to come together.

I am using the following components:
GoPro Hero with the surfboard mount (its the lowest profile mount they currently have)
HiTec HS-485HB Deluxe as the control servo
A Spectrum DX8 tx and rx. It has a rotary aux channel control which will allow me to find tune the angle.

Any aux channel can work for this. A switch will simply let you select various angle depending on how many positions it has. However, a dial gives you continuously variable positions.

You can also get more complex with this and add it into the control board of your quadcopter (if it allows i/o control) with some custom script for automatic tilt control of some kind.

The Camera simply mounts with adhesive. I'm also using a tether just in case ;)

Mount the servo arm to the bracket first then turn on the servo and zero it out. After it is at the zero point attach the bracket/servo arm to the servo. This makes sure it is in the right position when the servo is turned on preventing it from forcing the bracket into the frame possibly bracket some of the parts.

Attach the whole assembly to your quadcopter using your choice of hardware (I recommend using some sort of nylon locking nuts as the vibrations tend to work things loose sometimes).

Step 5: Connecting the Cables and Testing

After the whole assembly is attached, the connections can be made.

Connect the video transmitter to the camera. Using the main battery or a auxiliary battery, power the video tx. You may need a regulator is you are running straight off the main battery.

Turn everything on and test to make sure everything works.

You will probably have to adjust your radio transmitters servo setting to set the limits and range of the servo.
I don't get these type of instructables, I thought instructables were supposed to be for the average Joe, who in the heck has a Epilog Laser Cutting machine? And for the people that do actually own something like this, they probably don't need an instructable to use it. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice instructable, but I was looking for something I can create with supplies from Home Depot.
Hi Jerbs, <br>A few years ago I would normally completely agree with you. However, a few years ago I started working a place called TechShop in Menlo Park. TechShop is a membership based workshop (imagine a gym with laser cutters, welders, woodworking tools, machineshop... etc. instead of the workout equipment). TechShop allows the avarage joe to the top notch inventors a place where they can come work on their projects using some of the coolest tools out their, including laser cutters :-) What also makes TechShop a really great place to work on projects is that TechShop has become a community of makers who love work on projects and helping others. So yes this instructable uses a very expensive piece of equipment, but you can have access to this piece of equipment at the same cost of some gym memberships. Check out our website for more info: www.techshop.com <br> <br>Thanks and good luck with your project!
Oh nice!! I live in Nashville, I wish we had one of those.. btw, I googled it and it is www.techshop.ws, techshop.com is actually flagged for malware, regardless thanks!
it wasn't flagged on my computer
We are expanding rapidly so we can get a shop near anyone that want's to make. Hopefully we will have one near you soon.

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