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3D Robotics
Etching a power distribution PCB

If you're buying a premade quadcopter kit like ArduCopter, it will come with a PCB-based Power Distribution Board. But what if you're making your own? You either have to wire together your own harness or, like xnaron did here, …


Added by Chris Anderson on September 17, 2012 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
3DR ArduCopter Kits Updated

3DR ArduCopter kits are back in stock at the 3D Robotics store. The kits have gone through a slight redesign both in mechanical design and documentation. Our new facility in Tijuana, Mexico as well as better suppliers for parts have allowed us to greatly improve the…


Added by Alan Sanchez on September 17, 2012 at 10:43am — 72 Comments

Stability Patch for Motor Max and Min and Yaw Curve

Hi all, it appears that my blog post “Yaw Control, ESC Linearization, and Hover” has been lost. I hope that it will be saveable but I am not holding my breath. If it can’t be saved I will attempt to reconstruct it but while I have most people’s replies on my emails but I don’t have my own. If anybody has a copy of my…


Added by leonardthall on September 17, 2012 at 8:59am — 4 Comments

TBS in Thailand: Bangkok

The final episode in Thailand. Before flying back to Europe RiSCyD and Prefect found a nice spot on top of a hotel to do some city flying. The best vertical building proximity flying so far in my opinion ... what do you guys think?

Added by trappy on September 16, 2012 at 5:09pm — 11 Comments

My custom quadrotor build with DIY IMU/code

I completed my first build recently, having made a quadrotor. I built it from scratch, no kits involved, using Wii bits for the IMU and a LPC2103 for the brains running my own code. Weighing in at around 2.4kg it's not the lightest quadrotor around, but its motors are more than powerful enough. I've yet to…


Added by Gavan Fantom on September 16, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Cheap Quad Frame with Wood running MegaPiratesNG - BUILD LOG

Hi Guys,

A small project I have been working on. Its a cheap quad-copter frame made out of 6mm plywood and fiberglass. I was thinking of how to make a quad for as cheap as possible, when I thought of wood. I already had a 3mm fiberglass sheet, so I drew out the center plate and sent it to get machined.

Next I drew out some arms on some scrap plywood and sent that to get…


Added by Kabir on September 16, 2012 at 2:04am — 9 Comments

My First (Working) Quadcopter

After the early death of my first quadcopter (small, cheap 300mm fibreglass frame), I decided to go for a more durable frame. I decided on the Talon V2 from…


Added by Stephen Dade on September 16, 2012 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

Venturing out of the back yard :)

After six months of playing with vertical propellers, I'm finally getting out a bit.  This is a small clip of a local little farm in Dewey Arizona, USA. 

Added by Rick Eis on September 15, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

River cleanup from the Cinestar





Added by Jeff Scholl on September 15, 2012 at 12:59pm — 7 Comments

Techpod completes first two hour long test flight

hey everyone

 another update on the techpod flight testing:

   2 hour long flight complete!

this flight was done with:

2 x 6000 mah 3s for 12000mah total

weight: 5.8 lbs

APC E11x7

charging the lipos now to get the mah used will post that number in a couple hours.

thanks to all my supporters at …


Added by wayne garris on September 14, 2012 at 4:30pm — 18 Comments

Analog self-navigating AP drone.

Very sophisticated sensors but very difficult to program. Closed source.

Added by robert mcintosh on September 14, 2012 at 12:30pm — 16 Comments

3D Robotics
Glimpse of the future: "Missing Drone" flyers

From the Lawfare blog:

This excellent picture was forwarded to me by a colleague here at Brookings. It was shot by his friend,…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2012 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

How-to Video for "9x Firmware Update"

I wanted to share with you our video on updating the firmware on your 9x radio. This is a follow up to our "9x DIY Upgrade Kit" install video. It covers everything you need to successfully update the firmware on your 9x radio following the hardware install covered in first video. In addition, this video also shows you how to install sample models and calibrate your…


Added by Parke @ ParkeFlyer on September 14, 2012 at 9:18am — 3 Comments

Aquatic Drone (APM-powered boat)

This project utilises the concept of using the existing APM and configuration tools and a seperate radio link to send back specific telemetry…


Added by Clinton Mckinnon on September 13, 2012 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

SteadiDrone QU4D Ultra - A quick look

Here's a quick look at our SteadiDrone QU4D Ultra, more videos of our range coming soon. This has APM2.5, please share your comments!

SteadiDrone QU4D Ultra from Motion Pixel on Vimeo.

Added by Duran - ALTI on September 13, 2012 at 9:29am — 8 Comments

Flite Test asks: What would you like to see featured on Flite Test from DIY Drones?

Not sure how to link to this directly, but it's on their facebook page now:

Let them know what you…


Added by Mark Harrison on September 12, 2012 at 8:49pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Propeller design for 3D printing

Lots of people have suggested 3D printing propellers, but Landru is the first I've seen to do it. Looks pretty good! (I'm not sure I'd trust my old Makerbot with this--he's got a better printer.) …


Added by Chris Anderson on September 12, 2012 at 5:15pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
Serves me right for calling it the "ArduCopter Calibration Dance" ;-)

I threw together a little video for the manual showing how I calibrate the magnetometer in the ArduCopter setup. And then YouTube user cylllka put it to music. Catchy! If I had known I'd be making a…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 12, 2012 at 4:57pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
APM 2.5 production finally caught up!

This picture is the last of the backlogged APM 2.5 orders going out from the 3DR shipping department. Orders should be shipped within 1-2 days from now on. Whew!

Demand was overwhelming but the 3DR team brought the second Tijuana pick-and-place line up with some state-of-the-art machines and it's finally running smoothly now. The line can now handle 500 APM 2.5 boards a week (in addition to its share of all the other 3DR products).

We're still…


Added by Chris Anderson on September 12, 2012 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

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