Began building my first hex from scratch....

After my quad flew itself into the side of my workshop and destroying itself, I decided to go with a hex after having bearing issues with my motors and having a motor lock up in flight. With a hex at least I have a bit more redundancy. My design I am hoping will look quite rugged and enclosed as the Colorado dust gets into everything at a low altitude. So I began the design with the main frame plates and I will go from there as they are the "backbone" to the platform. Here are a couple of pictures of them being machined on my CNC mill. I also have a 3-d printer and use it's prints for castings, I am thinking of printing a pattern for the outriggers to cast in aluminum, I have to weigh in the weight cost though.

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Tags: CNC, hexacopter, quad

Comment by Jim Turpin on May 7, 2013 at 1:12pm

This is looking sweet! Where in Colorado are you?

Comment by Brint E. Kriebel on May 7, 2013 at 2:42pm

I was about to ask the same thing. I'm in the Colorado Springs area.

Comment by Jim Turpin on May 7, 2013 at 3:50pm

Boulder here. I know the local hackerspace would love to see this in person. We're almost done converting our mill to CNC.

Comment by Brian Christian on May 7, 2013 at 5:04pm
Hi guys. I am located just east of Colorado Springs. Thanks for the compliment.
Comment by Brint E. Kriebel on May 8, 2013 at 9:23am

Sounds like we need a front range multicopter meetup at some point :-)

I plan on going to the SparkFun autonomous vehicle competition in June as well.


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Comment by Mark Harrison on May 8, 2013 at 4:47pm

Pretty!  Looking forward to seeing the rest of it.

Comment by Evgeniy on May 10, 2013 at 1:32pm

bad material for copter

Comment by vladimir.d.makarov on May 11, 2013 at 9:09am

Brian, this is really great work. Way to go on the CNC milling. I have a CNC mill myself based on the ShapeOko design and really want to mill my own quad or hexa frame. Where did you get the design for this frame?? I have tried to find a CNC-friendly frame design but have not been able to. I would make my own but I don't think I understand enough about quads or hexas to do a good job yet.

Any info would be appreciated.

Comment by Brian Christian on May 12, 2013 at 11:55am
Vladimir,
I basically designed this frame myself. I wanted it to be able to fit in a 6" piece of tubing for an outer shell. If I choose to go that route. I can send you the g-code if you would like.
Thanks,
-Brian

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