Making a Quadcopter, maybe

So I am new to electronics, and RC stuff, and robots too really. This hobby has really captivated my attention and I really want to get into it. I have been searching for a project and I think I finally found what it is I want to make. I would love to make a quad/ tri copter, and eventually make it autonomous, but that dosent have to happen yet. However I want to learn as much as I can along the way so that I can apply the knowledge to future projects. I have an arduino uno that I have been fiddling around with and thought I could use that as a starting point for my quadcopter. any additional circuits I would like to build on my own, at least to start with. I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction to make this happen. If you have any smaller projects I should do first that would be great. 

Posted by bs_brsm 5 years ago


Micro drone construction help

For a school project a partner and I are attempting to build a self controlling quadcopter. It should be able to use a specific input from a photo transistor and the be able to navigate on its own. The only problems that I can see running into at the moment are finding an atmega compatible rotor controller, and that not including the propellers it is going to be under two inches (5.08 cm). I would appreciate any assistance possible in finding a motor controller of this size, and will keep this post up to date with our project.

Posted by Kaptia Teramo 2 years ago


Need Help With Quadcopter Idea

Hello, I’m a senior in high school and I will be participating in a senior project in about 2 months from now. i had decided that I wanted to build a quadcopter thinking that it would give me good experience with electronics and programming. I was planning on using a simple Arduino to control the quad but now that I think of it, it might be much harder than I thought. I know a fair bit of java, have some experience with other microcontrollers, but very little with Arduinos. My initial thought was to buy all of the parts for a quad and program the whole thing myself with a few extra electronics like gyros and accelerometers, there seems to be little info about people who have programmed quads using Arduinos which doesn’t help. Do you think that programing the whole thing will serve to be way too difficult for me (will have a little help from some programing teachers) or should I just go for a complete flight controller instead. There needs to be some work that I have to do for 5 hours a day for 3 weeks, is there anything where the programing is simplified but requires me to do some work. Is there any flight controllers that I can program on top of like for example add IR sensors for obstacle avoidance. With a flight control board, things will be too easy, the only thing I can think of is to maybe create a CAD frame and 3d print it or something. What I’m really asking is, is there a simpler way to do this while keeping me occupied at work? Or even any suggestions on things I can do? Thanks,

Posted by dodomang777 4 years ago


Searching for a cheap Quadcopter(Used, kit, or anything)

Hello. Im a young filmmaker and DIY guy with no money because of my college. I Have a project in mind that involves my GoPro and a quadcopter. Only problem is that i don't have a quadcopter, neither money to buy one. I searched on ebay for a cheap one, but I find only small ones and at a pretty expensive price for what you get($40). Does someone have any quadcopter or a KIT quadcopter, or a wrecked quadcopter thats easy to repair, or maybe a good soul that would give one away for cheap to a dreamer student?  I would pay the shipping too, but I would need it to be shipped to croatia... Anyone like that? Please help me..

Posted by dsirotic 4 years ago


Motor/propeller selection for quadcopter

Hello Instructables! We are a team of engineering students that want to get started in the world of multirotors. Our objective is to build a long endurance/high payload quadcopter for industrial applications, and we plan to innovate in the power system area. So, without further ado here's our first problem. I've searched the internet for a while now and I've struggled to find information on how to choose an appropiate motor-propeller combination. I know the total maximun thrust should be a bit more than two times the the total weight but motor and propeller manufacturers rarely list the "thrust per rpm" of their props. Our initial estimation for the quadcopter's total weight is 3,3 kg. considering 200 g for each motor. I did manage to find this static thrust calculator but I have no idea how reliable it is since it doesn't say how the thrust is calculated. (http://personal.osi.hu/fuzesisz/strc_eng/index.htm) So that's about it. Any help would be greatly apreciated, no matter how small. It can be advice, information sources, or even builds that are similar to what we want to make and have already been tested. Thank you very much for your time! PS: Excuse me if my english sounds a bit weird, it just isn't my native language.

Posted by Joakov 3 years ago


To buy or to build? FPV Quadcopter

Hi amateur here. Im looking for some answers to my questions and maybe here they can be answered. What's better? Building a quadcopter or buying one? A quad that can fly high and an fpv one. if buying what model? (Around 100-150$maybe) if bulding/assembling , what will i need?  Please help me decide . Thanks

Posted by iBenzzz 3 years ago


Micro quadcopter circuit board as flight controller and receiver?

I have a little airhogs quadcopter. A motor had died in it, so it doesn't fly anymore. I kinda got the idea to connect ESCs to the motor output of the quad's circuit board. Would those motor outputs be able to drive the PWM input of the ESC, allowing the board to basically drive larger motors?

Posted by Dashing Rainbow Dash 1 year ago


newbie - how does a qaudcopter work?

Hey there, I am thinking of building a quad copter, but am not quite sure, how they work, hopefully someone can clarify this for me.  Do all the motors connected run at the same speed, then  to move directions you increase the speed of the motor that deals with that direction. For example left control button will increase the speed for the left motor causing it to move left? Also will I be able to get a working prototype using those components below? 4 x 7mm Brushed Motors 4 x propellers. 1 x Arduin UNO  1 x HC-05 Arduino bluetooth module Am planning on dealing with the controls by writing a android app that sends command to the Bluetooth module on the arduino. 

Posted by Raphael1 5 years ago


Bluetooth Arduino quad copter

I making a Bluetooth controlled Arduino quadcopter. I want some help with the code. It is using mpu6050 gy521 breakout board. Please help. I want it to auto level.

Posted by harshitsingh.111001 3 months ago


Rc car out of ps3 controller+quadcopter???

Hi im just wondering if it's possible to build a working rc car using parts from ps3 controler and quadcopter such as ESC ,battery ,  2 motors in controller to power 2 wheels... ( This is just to see if i can find any use of those two things that i dont use , not trying to create a really good rc car , just checking if it is possible) The two motors would both have to spin at different speeds to make the rc car turn.

Posted by Z1G0 1 year ago


Motors for Quadcopters

Hi, I am looking to make a quadcopter as my university project and I kinda run in to some problems deciding which motor I need to choose. I was thinking to choose brushless motors as they are more efficient and they give more RPM. HOwever, my professor says that there's no point using brushless/stepper motors as u can get the same RPMs using brushed motors and its the same thing. Hence, can anyone please guide me which motor is best to use and why should I use brushed or brushless motors. I shall be very glad if someone guide me through it. Thank you :)

Posted by Bam Boy 4 years ago


Arduino Quadcopter[HOW TO BUILD IT?]

Hello Instructablers! I have a problem. I am a 17 years old dude, that loves making movies and photos. Recently I bought an arduino to expand my knowledge a bit, but it turns out its pretty hard to make anything with it as I am a mechanic. My idea was to build a quadcopter or anything that can fly, with these must-have features: 1.IT HAS TO BE CAPABLE OF STEADY FLYING. 2.IT HAS TO HAVE ENOUGH POWER TO CARRY A GO PRO AROUND WHILE FLYING. So, as I am a beginner in adruino and programming, I would need some tips, maybe from someone that built their own arduino flying..thing. I would like you to help me a bit. If someone could lend me the whole script, and tell me exactly what I need to get, it would be awesome!! thanks!

Posted by dsirotic 4 years ago


FAA Ruling ends FPV and will destroy RC Model Aircraft industry is USA

Hello, This is a serious matter. Please read and act. Deadline is July 25. Please see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYs815t4knQ Then please go to this website and read  the document "Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft". http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0396 To summarize, the FAA has deemed that a sweeping, blanket regulation is necessary to take care of an issue created by a few dumb individuals making bad decisions. Because a very, very small few people who never touched a RC model aircraft before buy a DJI Phantom and decide to fly it over crowded city streets crashing into buildings and and almost hurting people, the larger hobby community is now paying the penalty of those dumb people. Why it matters to me: I just got into the hobby and I am not flying FPV yet. Actually I cannot fly FPV until I get my FCC Ham License. I am following the rules. I do NOT fly over people, cars, streets, buildings. I do not fly over private property other than my own. I DO fly within line of site of my aircraft, under 400 ft, in open fields or isolated locations. I do keep my aircraft in good working order. I am an AMA member, have insurance in case of RC accidents, have my AMA number inscribed on my model. So I do everything within regulations. Most RC modelers and AMA members do. But we all pay the price because some bonehead goes to amazon and buys a ready built aircraft and on the first flight takes it to a crowded school playground and crashes it on someone's car. I want to grow into this hobby and advance to FPV. I do it legally, responsibly, and safely. I use this hobby to freely express myself in a safe, harmless way. this hobby is enjoyable, challenging and has forced me to be innovative. I actually invented something that I want to share in instructables one day. Why it should matter to you: The government is slowly eroding away our rights. This regulation criminalizes a hobby that has been enjoyed by generations. Done responsibly, the hobby is safe, enjoyable, promotes innovation and gives people a way to express themselves. It is also an industry that many people rely on to make a living. The FAA as a government agency, is overstepping their authority and threatening our freedom to conduct ourselves are citizens in a safe manner. under this ruling, a RC model operator does something innovative (it does not have to be FPV related) shares it on instructables, and wins a prize from one of the many GREAT contest in intructables... Guess what, that instructables member is NOW a CRIMINAL. You are not allowed to get any compensation for RC Model hobby. under this ruling, you cannot fly FPV in an isolated forest capturing wonderful video and posting that video on the internet as an expression of your creativity. That my friends is Freedom of Expression being undermined. That video is now incriminating evidence that you broke the law. Even though that video harms no one. Under this ruling, an individual who invents a new RC airplane, mass produces it and sells it to others is a criminal because RC models is only for amateur hobby. Any monetary gain is criminal. So it is criminal for someone to innovate and try to make a living from that innovation. Do not let the government overstep their authority over us citizens. I ask that you respectfully tell the FAA to consider reversing their ruling. Ask them to go not take the easy route of making a over-generalized, sweeping, blanket regulation that impacts everyone in the hobby, past, present and future. instead, have them create regulation that target the the unsafe operators who make poor choices. thank you.

Posted by MrTinkerer 4 years ago


Fly RC quadcopter with SAITEK X56 and Scherrer Tx700 Pro and Rx700 LR +PSU

Hello can Someone help to connect Saitek Joystick X56 + Scherrer Tx700 Pro + Rx700 LR +PSU in order to fly a quadcopter ? And if it is impossible How to connect the TX700 Pro and the Quanum V52 Ground Control System, please? https://hobbyking.com/en_us/winbox-ground-control-system-v52.html https://hobbyking.com/en_us/rx700lr-psu-reseller.html https://hobbyking.com/en_us/tx700-pro-reseller.html Thanks

Posted by paladin66 1 year ago


Ultra cheap RC quadcopter (preferably using brushed motors)

Hey everyone.... :) I'm organising a camp to encourage high school students to take up STEM courses..... and I'd like to have them build their own RC quadcopters. I want the course to have a minimal fee.... so the quad should be INSANELY CHEAP. The quad should be able to do just one thing:FLY. Also, durability is not an issue.... just one or two flights should be sufficient. 1)Can someone please suggest a design using brushed instead of brushless motors? (Simply because they're cheaper) 2)If there's any way I can build a flight controller using off-the-shelf components.... please share your ideas.. 3)I have no idea about how to make the remote control/ RF transmitter....... is it the same as that of an RC toy car remote control? 4)I've come across some lovely designs where the frame is made out of paper or cardboard.... so that's not an issue.  Help in any form is welcome.... I'd love to hear from y'all....  Thanks in advance...:)

Posted by afshaanmaz 4 years ago


Video: DIY Aerial Drone Beer Delivery

The world can be a harsh place, and believe it or not, there are some people out there who are more than 5 minutes away from their nearest beer! As scientists we have devoted our lives to making the world a better place, which is why we've set ourselves the challenge of building a system capable of enhancing the lives of thirsty individuals across the globe by bringing beer within their grasp! After endless minutes of researching debating the coolest way to do this, we settled on building and flying a drone to deliver the amber nectar. http://youtu.be/oHIv1sXrlf0

Posted by dalbyman 3 years ago


Quadcopters on pcDuino

Fter researching auxiliary processors, we decided to use the pcDuino for controlling our drone. The choice was an obvious one because it was not only the lightest of the choices, but also one of the least expensive, and in addition was running Linux as well as providing a wireless card. On arrival we quickly connected it to a monitor, but the adapters we purchased did not work. So as result we shaved rubber off of one of the adapters so that it fit properly in the monitor to connect to the port.  We were able to gather some of the peripherals(USB hub, mouse, and keyboard) key from our computer department for the project. http://esdartemis.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/new-pcduino/

Posted by jingfeng 4 years ago


Eligibility for Things the Fly contest

I was hoping to participate in the Things that Fly contest, but my instructable:  https://www.instructables.com/id/Bluetooth-controlled-Quadcopter-using-MultiWii/ , is not being shown in the list when I press enter, even though in the description, it is written: If it flies through the air, it is eligible

Posted by rbanga 3 years ago


Problem with camera module

Hey guys, recently i brought a brushed motor quadcopter which came with a mini recording camera, i would like to connect it to my TS5823 32CH 200mW Video transmitter, but the camera don't have any wire that i can directly connect to my VTX, do anyone have any idea / schematic on how to connect the camera to my VTX ? Thanks a lot.

Posted by Sooncheng 2 years ago


arduino code

Guys I want to build a quadcopter. I have an arduino uno, adafruit motor shield, 4dc motors and an rf link transmitter/receiver. Problem is I don't know programming at all. Pls help me and give me a code for controlling the motors with the sheild wirelessly withb rflink. Planning to control with 4 potentiometers. P.S I have only one arduino.

Posted by fahmed20 4 years ago


ESC,Battery,Motor selection for quadcoter

Hi, I am a beginner to build a quadcopter. so please help me in selecting ESCs , lipo Battery and Motor to make my own. I details of the parts are listed below : Brushless Motor : Brand: Racerstar Item name: BR2205 2600KV Brushless Motor RPM/V: 2600KV Height: 31.5mm Width: 27.9mm Shaft diameter: M5 Motor mount hole size: M3 Weight: 28 grams Voltage: 2-4S Battery: 2-4S lipo battery Max.current: 23.2A Max.power: 710W Internal resistance: Ω Usage: for 250 260 280 Multirotor Frame Kit Lipo Battery : Brand : Lion power  Configuration :  3S 11.1v Maximum continuous discharge rate : 30C Capacity : 4200MAH ESC : Sustaining Input Voltage: 6-12V BEC Output Current: 5V/3A Continuous Output Current: 30A Max Current: 35A/12s  I just tested a brushless motor mentioned above with the esc and battery while the motor is running for about 10 seconds the esc is burnt.So is to possible to build a quadcopter with the parts listed above please help. Thank You

Posted by rsudhar00123 1 year ago


Using a power mat as a charging station for internet controlled robots???

I've been wanting to make a robot with video and audio capabilities to play with the dogs while I'm at work or otherwise out. My question is this. Has anyone tried using the mat chargers to "park" their robots on when not in use and recharge? I was going to use one of my roombas but have found that sometimes they don't park in the charging base properly. Also I though this would be a good idea for a flying robot using one of those quadcopters as the base. Any thoughts? Marcel

Posted by Marcaine Art 6 years ago


I can make 3D model from photo of a part, technical drawing or your drawing. (starting from 4$))

Hello everyone! What I want to offer you is my skills in 3D modeling. I can make a 3D model of your idea just from a photo of simple drawing, technical drawing. It can be anything that will give me the thought of the shape. If you need a custom part for your quadcopter just draw it and put some measurments on any holes, or just draw it, and i will tell you what measurments I need. Any model can be done for 4$ and if it is more complex, or time consuming to build the cost may be quite higher.   Simple models can be done even in the same day I get drawing!  I can also send you some renders of finished model. Just contact me here at instructables, send me a link to drawing/photo and I will tell you the cost. Remember! You pay only for ready model. I will not charge you until the model is finished. I accept only Paypal. Below you can see some of my work.

Posted by kondzio29 3 years ago


Brighton Mini Maker Faire (UK)

Brighton Mini Maker Faire is on again: Saturday 8th September, at the Corn Exchange, Brighton After a hectic, noisy, debut in 2011, we're back for more, in just a few weeks. We've got more makers, more workshops, more space, and possibly even more noise than last year. This year we're taking over the Corn Exchange, in the centre of Brighton, for a day of making, hacking, crafting, music-making, and more. There'll be flying quadcopters and fighting robots, 3D-printed dolls and interactive teapots, bizarre music machines, and – maybe inspired by the Olympic spirit – a fair few novel sports, from musical ping pong, to pedal-powered Scalextric. And you'll be able to take part in workshops from the Science Museum (for kids) and Technology Will Save Us (for everyone), as well as learning new skills from makers and crafters like soldering, felting, copper-etching, jewellery-making, Kanzashi and mosaic-making. We'll even teach you how to weld in 5 minutes! We've also got some special speakers lined up for the afternoon, so you can hear from some of the UK's most renowned makers about their work. And in the evening, we're hosting a Maker Faire After Dark party in the Dome Bar, which promises to be a great way to unwind after the day, meet other makers, and share what you've seen and learned. Brighton Mini Maker Faire is free to get in, and a great way to spend a day out with your family. Still not quite sure what to expect? Here's a short video from last year. And some photos: photo one and photo two by Adactio, and photo three by Rain Rabbit For more information, including details on how to book a workshop, and more on the After Dark party, go to: http://www.makerfairebrighton.com See you there!

Posted by kitobor 6 years ago


So long and thanks for all the arduinos

Adios, everyone! Tomorrow is my last day here at Instructables and even that will mostly be clearing out my desk and distributing materials for future projects. First and foremost, I love you all. If you're here reading this then you're someone who has chosen to dig into the world and learn much more than most of the people out there. That's a cool thing. An amazing thing. Cherish it and make that grow within everyone else you know. More is more here. Also thank you to everyone for sharing your ideas. One of the biggest things I've learned is that you should share your ideas with others. There will always be more ideas and it's more fun this way. I wish I had a couple more lifetimes for the ideas that I'd like to work on. It is way worse to live a life keeping an idea secret for fear of someone else stealing it and never seeing it develop. OK, going into debt to patent it would probably be worse. Is this a graduation speech? No? Fine, here's some unsolicited advice anyway: run into new areas. Don't give yourself a chance to think about it and go back to doing what you've already been doing. Mental ruts are comforting, but oh so boring. Listen to music you don't know, watch movies you know nothing about, just shake it up once in a while. No, shake it up all the time. The world is full of new ideas you've been depriving yourself of enjoying. Then when your brain is thoroughly jumbled, start mashing up all the ideas. Combine all the things! One idea I want to work on is to make a UAV candy bomber. Attach candy to parachutes and drop them from quadcopters as they fly around in the sky. It would be a modern version of the candy bombers from WWII. It's not about anyone getting the reference, that's for wikipedia. It's about moving faster. Worrying about originality is for people who don't do stuff. And that's the long version of saying that I'll be gone from here, but you should all keep the party going. Then again, you were going to do that anyway and that's why I love you. For me the future is a little uncertain. There are a couple of VERY COOL THINGS that might happen, but it's not definite yet. In the meantime, I'm wrapping up my kickstarter calendar project. If you haven't looked at it yet, please do. The calendar is awesome and I want more of them out there in the world. Other than that you can find me on twitter as @edabot.  Now stretch your arms out wide and then give yourself a hug. Pat yourself on the back if you want. You're the future if you want to be. Take it, it's right there. Love you all. Ed

Posted by fungus amungus 4 years ago


World Maker Faire 2013 NYC

Sad pup eh? Me too. World Maker Faire 2013 in New York City. I am dissapoint. Only noteable for us is trying out the augmented reality system by Jeri Ellsworth. Instructables did not represent. Autodesk did not represent Instructables. @carlbass The assimilation is complete. #SADROBOT #NOSHIRT. We went to Maker Faire today, I took along Caitlin and her two school buddies.  I knew to input the GPS the coordinates of the offsite parking lot entrance where you get the shuttle bus to the actual Faire entrance. 10 clams at the door. Driving around the park is like GTA. They seemed to have the parking lot better organized with more people to direct cars to open spots and the efficient school bus lady who counted off groups of people to load the buses as soon as they pulled in. I suggest more speed bumps/potholes and sharper turns for the bus drivers to negotiate.  Entry was quick and simple with preprinted tickets - still that extra surcharge for getting them online though.  It was a pleasant surprise that there were some vendors giving out free food samples today.  An applesauce in a resealable space-food pouch and an iced tea drink. On the return trip, the shuttle bus driver begged you not to leave behind litter like those green applesauce pouches and kids.  Which by the way, all in good to set up recycling stations to throw out trash, but why not mark the one for trash, trash, soiled paper cups were thrown in the paper because the one I think for trash had a big list of other things and not trash.  Food vendors seem to have been spread out on the periphery of the grounds so they don't create that big logjam in the center to impede flow to the rest of the areas of the fairground. Prices were still at tourist levels considering the captive audience. Not too many posted prices and if you have to ask, you can't afford it.  They did have some vendor kids throughout hawking cold drinks.  The Beer Garden seemed to be the centerpiece of the Faire.  The play/activity area geared for the younger/toddler set seemed to be expanded and set more apart from the more advanced maker stuff.  We did the inside tour first since it was nice weather to spend the rest of the day outside.  There was the esoteric mix of individual projects. Art and game machines from mounds of electronic discards. Projects and kits looking to launch on kickstarter. And the always hidden in the back room e-textile projects. The upper floor gallery room is always the best because it contains the light up projects, usually from NYU ITP. Jeri Ellsworth had a prototype of her augmented reality glasses.  An interesting project was having cross polarized glasses to see the image on a matched LCD display which no one else can see without the special glasses. One project used the light output from the laptop display to "burn" the secret message image onto one of those glow-in-the dark phosphor sheets. I'm not sure if the pancake-bot made it to the Faire this year. The performance space was closed off. I guess they couldn't book Arc Attack which was there first two years of World Maker Faire. No real Burning Man kind of stuff or major steampunkery. Outside, 3-D printers galore, everyone has one, way too crowded. Hackerspaces showing off their stuff. Giant tent if you want to line up to learn to solder. Coke/Mentos show late in the afternoon. Giant mousetrap show and circus aerial acrobat training rig going on. Giant tent if you want to make a stomp rocket that they shoot off with a compressor.Giant line too. Didn't the Disney imagineers tell them a zigzag snaking line is better for crowd control and keep the customers happy? Didn't see any quadcopters in the air.  Maybe all flights grounded with the recent local fatal accident with an R/C helicopter.  Some kind of go-kart racetrack. Usual stalls of handmade jewelry, t-shirts, soaps, candles, someone had a more detailed ugly doll. Guy with his found object stringed instruments played them well.  Maker Shed shop was the usual. Dark and expensive.  No real discount there. But it brings us back to this.  After what seemed like miles of walking around back and forth. I had to ask information if Autodesk had a booth presence at Maker Faire.  They said yes, back by the 3-D printer village tent.  I think we missed them going through the tent and found them on the outside end. The plywood hut sponsored by Sketchup didn't seem like where the Instructables people were. I was looking for the orange Instructable banner.  Looking to see there were no Robot shirts around, I asked the Autodesk people there, any Instructables people around? No, confused, do you work for Instructables? No, they are not part of my group. Jessy and Camille are not here and will be back soon.  Well, okay, maybe they sent Jessyratfink out as part of her Autodesk peer-recognition award. that would be cool to meet her, Caitlin thought the same, they sent Jessyratfink to Maker Faire?  We wander around to check out the other stuff and come back. Still no sign of Robot shirts.  I ask again and I get sent to a guy who I think is named Jesse.  I think he just happens to be in the Consumer Group who says the other guy Andy is more familiar with Instructables.  They thought they had a box of some instructables stuff, who knows what happened to it.  He did thank us for wearing our Robot shirts though.  Gee, I was hoping there would be some Robot shirts for Caitlin and her friends, at least Robot stickers.  We came to Maker Faire this year as redemption for last year when that Autodesk henchman kicked the crate of shirts under the table when he saw us get close to the booth. Caitlin uses that as an example of "Not nice, Mr. Moustache-man." It disheartens me Instructables seems like some corporate step-child. I can feel the that vibe going on.   I don't think Robot carries brand recognition anymore. No one asked about our Robot shirts as we walked around.  Some hackerspace also uses a yellow robot as their logo. We may pass on Maker Faire next year if there is no need to see any real Instructables staff. Doesn't Randy need to go visit his mom or something?

Posted by caitlinsdad 4 years ago