I've had a resurgence of interest in these devices thanks to the growing popularity of micro air vehicles (MAV), like palm sized helicopters and quadcopters, and suddenly had the need to try build my own ornithopter. This Instructable documents my recent attempts at crafting my own micro-orithopter from inexpensive components. This is really more of an Instructadon't, as none of these prototypes actually fly. I'm close to having a working version in the air, when that happens l will also create new Instructado using a more conventional format.
- Design and fabricate a palm sized flying machine using 3D printed parts
- Non-3D printed pieces, such as structural material and electrical components, must be cheap and easily to find.
- Printed parts should total no more than $10 when being made from ABS plastic or similar.
- Total cost should not exceed $40, including RC.
- Design and fabricate a Infra-red receiver and transceiver for remote control
- Small is the name of the game! I'm shooting for a wingspan of less than six inches.
- Spring Steel, aka Music Wire. hobbylinc.com
- Guitar Wire
- Miniature Motor, common pager style solarbotics.com
- 40mAh Lipo Battery sparkfun.com
- Tissue Paper
- Plastic Film, various thicknesses
- Sewing Pins
- Gorilla Glue
Design Software and Tools
123D beta9, Autodesk Inventor Fusion
Dremel, scissors, wire cutters, micro drills