Has anyone played around with lightening the arms on the 3DR Y6? My build came out a little heavy from the recommended weight so I was looking at ways to slim it down without effecting structural integrity too much.
One idea I had was to drill uniform holes in the ARMs to reduce weight. I'm not sure of the original design but the current arms are over-kill in terms of strength from what I can see.
Be interested on thoughts/experience.
To help with my description, I was thinking something like this: http://diydrones.com/photo/lightening-holes
I don't have any insight, but agree that you could probably remove some material from the full arms.
I just don't know how much weight you would actually save. Most of my build weight is in the battery and motors, with the aluminum arms being a very small component. There are, after all, only three.
I am in the process of building my 3dr y6. You say your build was a little heavy. What is the recommended weight and where did you get this spec?
I found the spec on the kit page here:
Thanks, I just got done weighing mine and with battery I am at 1600 Grams. I am using a flour scale from the kitchen so I am not sure how close that is but its better than guessing. Next I need to figure out what the camera and gimbal are going to add to it.
I trimmed 8 oz from my 3dr hex with just good wire management.
226g sounds like an great reduction. what did you do? I have already removed bullet connectors.. not sure where else I can slim down.
Sorry, I just double checked. I trimmed 23 grams per motor from the speed control to the motor wiring including the bullets. Not distribution plugs (all soldered) is worth another 8 grams per. I trimmed a few grams per motor off the power wires into the speed controls from the battery but they are almost full length. My SC's are about 60% down the arm and are zip tied, with wires outside. I also trimmed a bunch more by also using all nylon hardware (except motor to arm connection).