The Pencil Drone

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Introduction: The Pencil Drone

About: Addicted to the diy things, to the 3d printing, and new technologies. Follow me on twitter.com/dooitprinter

The aim of this project is to demonstrate that ordinary things can fly. All (or almost all) can fly!

To demonstrate this, I selected objects that can be found in any desktop.

What's most ordinary than a pencil and an eraser? Can a pencil fly?

Yeah! Let's prove it!

Take the things and the tools. Here we go!

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The reference of commercial components are:

- H107-A03 Main Motor Set (6.31$) http://goo.gl/WBp4lo

- H107-A43 Circuit Board (17.68$) http://goo.gl/JSvwxC

- H107-A35 Main Blades (2.99$) http://goo.gl/ttTX6L

- H107-A24 Battery (2.79$) http://goo.gl/ttTX6L

- H107-A06 USB Charger (1.95$) http://goo.gl/ttTX6L

- H107-16 Transmitter (16.71$) http://goo.gl/ttTX6L

Are cheaper. You can find it in online stores.

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Step 1: Cut the Materials

Cut the pencil, the plastic card and the eraser.

Step 2: Motors Support

Drill the eraser pieces, to create the motors supports.

Step 3: Assembly Motors

Assembly the motors in the eraser pieces.

Step 4: Relax Time

Sorry, but I need a relax time.

Step 5: Electronics

Weld the motor wires to the electronic board.

Step 6: Arms Assembly

Assembly the pencil parts (the arms) to the eraser pieces.

Step 7: Body Assembly

Cut the plastic card, and glue it to the pencil arms.

Step 8: Fix Electronics

Glue the electronic and motor wires to the drone structure.

Step 9: Propellers

Assembly the propellers.

Step 10: Battery

Place the battery, and hold it with the elastic band.

Step 11: Enjoy It

Before to fly, remember to adjust your transmitter values.

Enjoy your pencil drone!

Step 12: Thanks!

Remember to vote this project.

Thank you!

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2 People Made This Project!

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178 Discussions

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Will Ryan
Will Ryan

9 months ago

I really enjoyed this project, as it was creative, fun, and also had clear directions that I was easily able to follow. I had a great time making the drone using household objects, while gaining a greater understanding of the mechanics and electronics involved in creating a drone. I had a slightly difficult time with the erasers because they ended up breaking apart when I put the metal motors inside of them. I replaced them with plastic cones used in stamps, as I thought that they might be more durable in my situation. Also, the control board short-circuited because I accidentally touched it with my finger while attempting to plug in the battery. Because of this, I was wondering whether you would recommend a cover to protect the circuit board, in order to avoid accidents like this.

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lovedogs274
lovedogs274

Question 10 months ago

How did you connect the drone to the transmitter?

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_dooit_
_dooit_

Answer 10 months ago

Hi!

I suppose that you are asking about how to connect the drone to the transmitter.
Is very important that the drone board and the transmitter, corresponds to the same model.

First of all, try to switch on the drone, and after some seconds (5-10sec) the transmitter.

In case that you cannot connect, try the following one:
"To synchronize the drone with the transmitter, turn on the drone, we will see how its lights flash, this means that it is not yet connected to a transmitter. After making sure that the left stick is lowered we will turn on the control. With the transmitter on we raise the left stick up, we will hear a beep, and we will lower it all the way down again. The lights of our drone will stop blinking, indicating that it is already synchronized to the station."

Share your make, I will be happy to see it.
Enjoy it!

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dronehive82
dronehive82

1 year ago

Nice one. How long did it take you?

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Chascoso
Chascoso

3 years ago

Oww it is a good project, is it neccesary the code for that project?

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1settnat
1settnat

3 years ago

do i need a flight conroller?

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amitbs99
amitbs99

3 years ago

hi I want to make this drone but I want it without circuit

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JoelJ31
JoelJ31

3 years ago

Hey Dooit,
The link of the H107-A43 Circuit Board, the H107-A06 USB Charger and the H107-16 Transmitter is always directing me to a page on Ali Express which says "This item is currently not available for purchasing." Can you please give me another link for me??
Thanks a million!
Regards!

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JoelJ31
JoelJ31

3 years ago

Hey dooit! Whenever i click the H107 - A43 circuit board link it directs me to Ali express where its written "This item is currently not available for purchasing."Can you please giveme another link?
Thanks!
Regards,
Joel

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_dooit_
_dooit_

Reply 3 years ago

Hey Justin!

Congratulations and thanks for your comment.

I love to know that you spent a good time during your manufacturing.

Please share it, send us a picture. I will be glad to see it!

Thanks again

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AmeyaN
AmeyaN

4 years ago

I created this project, but it won't fly. The motors dont move at when the number on the controller is greater than 15. How do I fix this?

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Izabella Przywozny
Izabella Przywozny

4 years ago

How do you connect the transmitter to the to the drone? Love it!!!??

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KrisztiánK4
KrisztiánK4

4 years ago

Hi!

Can you help me a bit?
I already have a hubsan x4, but your instructions inspired me to make an other drone... so I ordered the motors and circuit board, but my remote controll can't connect to the new circuit board. What's the problem? Shall I calibrate something or what else? Everything is for hubsan x4 h107c, so everything should be compatible to the other parts.

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_dooit_
_dooit_

Reply 4 years ago

Hi KrisztiánK4!

I tested this circuit board with other transmitters, and does not work.

And I tested one transmitter with many circuit boards (H107), and works ok.

Could be that you need to disable the safety mode?

Please check the page 9 of the original manual, and try it.

Follow this link. In the dowloads tab, you can find the manual:

http://www.hubsan.com/productinfo_17.html

Regards!

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KrisztiánK4
KrisztiánK4

Reply 4 years ago

Hey, thx for your answer!

I download manual, but I can't find where it's write about disabling safety mode... :/

Neither on page 9 or in whole text or in other manuals. There is part writing about power on safety mode, but its just about what safety mode is, not about how to disable it.