ArduCopter design

ArduCopter frame designs

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Comment by DODY on July 8, 2010 at 3:20am
@Jani and all the equipe arducopter
Great work, I envy you;
DODY

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 8, 2010 at 5:04am
Thank you, we try to make it as good as possible. Sure there will be further revisions but even first should be already quite "feature rich" and looking good...
Comment by Kevin Hashawan on July 8, 2010 at 5:33am
Wondering what CAD software you used to do this? Looks good

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 8, 2010 at 5:49am
basic 2D design has been done with OmniGraffle program which is similar to MS Visio but for Mac. Then 2D CAD what I use is Turbo CAD 5 and for 3D modelling and model testing I use Google SketchUP due we this is open hardware project. After initial designs are fully ready, all models and parts will be available on our repository.

You might wonder why so many programs, OmniGraffle is great to create multilayer 2D design pictures. It's fast and looks good. Turbo CAD is for accurate work when doing real drawing but it's not good for quick sketching up like none of CAD's are... SketchUP is just great for creating simple 3D illustrations :P

I could do 3D on Turbo CAD too but then others would not be able to use parts so easily. Sandro on our group does those amazing looking 3D renderings based on these designs.

Then I also use CAD/CAM software to design CNC production runs softwares like ArtCAM. To CAD/CAM and SketchUP I can easily import what ever type .DXF design files that comes out from real CAD software

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Comment by Mark Colwell on July 12, 2010 at 6:47am
I use OmniGraffle & for software logic flow, relational diagrams and general drawing.

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 12, 2010 at 6:52am
Yes OmniGraffle is good for that. Well I use OG on many different thigs. Network diagramming, 2D design, flows and many others. It's really good. Only thing that it misses is direct DXF export
Comment by Wallace Edwards on July 12, 2010 at 9:49am
I am very impressed with the quick design and lay out. Is the 3rd from the last drawing what the final product will look like? I hope so, I really like that design.

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on July 12, 2010 at 10:03am
@Wallace, yes final ArduCopter Quad will be looking quite close to that picture you pointed "3rd from last". Ok on that picture there are some orientation errors like APM pointing to wrong direction vs. carrier boards but overall it's correct.

I'm still working to dome's center area, hopefully i have real pictures of it at end of this week/during next week.
Comment by Ivan on December 2, 2010 at 6:10pm
Where are the Google SketchUP files posted, only this one is published in 3D warehouse?

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Comment by Hai Tran on January 17, 2011 at 6:59am
Are the frame designs opensource?  If so, how do obtain them?

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