I'm researching different designs and materials for a hexacopter frame to carry a camera. It looks like the frame of the ArduCopter kits is fiberglass sheet and then aluminum for the arms. Is fiberglass a good material for this purpose? Can anyone confirm this is fiberglass?
Extren 500 seems to be a popular and reasonably priced fiberglass sheet but I'm not sure if this is meant for building structures or if it would be suitable for smaller and more precise projects like a hexacopter frame. In particular I've been looking at the .125" plates here. Probably a 24" x 24" sheet is around $65 with shipping.
The other material I've been looking at is carbon fiber sheet though for cost I'd rather start with something less expensive. Inevitably it will crash (or I will crash it). Like learning to ride motorcycles, you don't want to start with a nice one. I'm open to other materials and/or sources if you have suggestions. Also I will be cutting the material on a Taig CNC mill. Thank you!