Joshua Johnson
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  • Minneapolis, MN
  • United States

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The Ugly Truth about "Drone Crashes"

Started Sep 17, 2015 0 Replies

Joshua Johnson – CAD Drones LLCSearch the internet for videos using the phrases “Drone Crashes”, “Multirotor Crash”, “Drone Fails”, etc. You…Continue

Tags: system, UAV, Unmanned, parachutes, safety

Voice Controlled APM 2.5 Project

Started this discussion. Last reply by Copter Richie Mar 18, 2013. 2 Replies

Is this a project you would like to tackle as a community and is this a project you would like to see become more serious?!  As a community would you like me to build a discussion or group around…Continue

Tags: Project, 2.5, APM, controlled, Voice

Making your own Autopilot?!

Started this discussion. Last reply by tijuan aikens Jan 23, 2013. 3 Replies

I have heard from a few people who are very knowledgable about UAV's that they think its possiable to make your own autopilot using Old Phones(Ipod Touch's, Android Phones,IPhones) that you could…Continue

Project:F-117 UAV ( this is my first UAV )

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joshua Johnson May 18, 2011. 21 Replies

I'm building a F-117 from a kit to a full blown opperational UAV. I'll keep people updated on my progress with pictures and more. This is my first time doing this so I would love any advice people…Continue

Tags: UAV, F-117


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About Me:
I have lived in the Minneapolis, MN Suburbs my whole life. I'm 23 years old, a business owner (CAD Drones, LLC) and college student going for my CAD Engineering Degree with a passion for Robotics, 3D Printing, Unmanned Vehicles, and Do It Yourself Modifications since I was a young teen.
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Minnetonka, Minnesota

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Drones in Minnesota - PBS TPT [Almanac]

Posted on May 7, 2016 at 2:28am 0 Comments


Subscription Based CAD Drones Community Is Now FREE!

Posted on October 6, 2015 at 12:33am 0 Comments

We’re excited to announce that our subscription based community is now FREE for anyone to join. All members now have full access to every page and feature free of charge. Now that we are no longer subscription based we will not have the available resources to hire contractors for the needed positions. Our goal is to make CAD,…


CAD Quad v1.0 - FREE STL, STEP, and Solidworks File Downloads now available!

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 11:51pm 0 Comments

Hello DIY Drones Universe,

Here at our CAD Drones Community we've uploaded our very basic 3D Printable "CAD Quad v1.0" Multirotor Design Project and zip folder downloads. We have downloads of Solidworks 2015 Student Edition Parts, Assembly, and Drawing File that have been converted to .stl and .step files for you CAD users who don't have or use…


CAD Drones is seeking Beta Testers and Devs who want to help finish experimental Pixhawk Parachute Feature

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 8:45pm 2 Comments

Hello DIY Drones Universe,

Last week we announced that we are searching for 20 Beta Testers for our NEW Drone Recovery Parachute System (Link to Beta Testers Blog Post). We've received a few dozen emails from folks interested in…


NEW Drone Recovery Parachute System Looking For 20 Beta Testers!

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 2:39pm 6 Comments

Hello Diy Drones Universe,

Here at CAD Drones LLC we are currently looking for 20 Beta Testers of the Drone Parachute System we are now currently selling. To get this affordable product to the Drone Industry we have to have video from people sharing their success with our product! Currently we have only a small number of customers all of which have had great…


CAD Drones - NEW Drone Recovery Parachute System

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 2:51am 13 Comments

Our Drone Parachute Products:

The Parachutes and Packs are made out of a durable fabric that allows you to mount a recovery parachute on your Quadcopter, Fixed Wing Plane, Model Aircraft, and even R/C Boats! They come in…


CAD Drones News - ASME Student Design Competition 2014 + Bonus Footage

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 8:09am 4 Comments

(Montreal, Canada) November 17, 2014

Eighteen teams of young engineers-in-training competed for the right to call themselves world champion drone builders at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition (SDC) finals today at the International Mechanical Engineering…


CAD Drones Cloud - Open Source - Powered By Autodesk Fusion 360!

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:47pm 6 Comments

Hello Diy Drones Universe,

This is Joshua Johnson here to discuss CAD Drones, LLC's long term project that will be the heart and soul of our Drone company that began a little over 5 months ago!  Right away we saw the potential in Cloud Computing related to the storage and Open Source collaboration of CAD Files and Autopilot Code related to Drones.  The future of…


CAD Drones Engineering Summer School 2014 - LIVE Sessions -

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 2:45am 4 Comments

Hello DIY Drones Universe,

This is Joshua Johnson from CAD Drones, LLC.  I'm here to share with you a FREE LIVE Education Podcast that will be shared on Youtube front page of, and has a "dedicated forum for…


CAD Drones, LLC is searching for 20+ Volunteers!

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 1:00am 41 Comments

Hello Diy Drones Universe,

This is Joshua Johnson CEO and Founder of CAD Drones, LLC and "The Open Source website for CAD and Drones".  We are 19-21 days away from having our Drone Product go LIVE on!  Right now is moving along but without the help and ideas of volunteers in the Drone Industry we don't know which direction we should go moving forward.  Being a volunteer for CAD…


Comment Wall (24 comments)

At 3:44pm on January 24, 2013, DarkCoffee said…

Thank you!

At 6:05pm on January 24, 2013, Michael said…

thank you

At 7:21pm on January 24, 2013, Rob_Lefebvre said…

I was wondering too. 

At 7:53pm on January 24, 2013, Joshua Johnson said…

My bad I was just trying to give new members someone they can ask questions to because the site is super confusing at first for a while when your new. Ill stop doing it!

At 8:25pm on January 24, 2013, Joshua Johnson said…

They were people who's account requests I just accepted and they were completely new to the website.

At 9:02am on January 25, 2013, Ben said…

I'm new, but thought it was nice.  He might have a point.  I'm more used to forums, and to say I haven't found my way around the site is an understatement.  Instagrams and blogs and comments on comments not sure where anything goes yet.  I think I'll lay low for a while. :)

At 12:34am on January 29, 2013, John S Pettus said…

Hello Joshua, Thank You for introducing yourself. I'm just getting started so I'll soon have some questions for You. Have a nice day. John

At 7:31am on January 29, 2013, Cameron Sanders said…

Hi Joshua.

With this much snow , FPV RC snowmobiles might be the way to go lol.



At 2:03pm on March 13, 2013, ben bacon said…

Hi Joshua, Thanks for connecting. What are your thoughts about the forum? All comments welcome.

Take care Ben

At 3:00pm on March 13, 2013, Logan Lass said…

Hey Joshua.  Thanks for the offer, I'm sure I'll have many questions once I get under weigh with my own projects.  And I like it very much up here, I'm in my final year now.  Things are looking pretty good for the University for the next few years, they're finally getting their foot in the door; they just recently got a new patent for sense and avoid technology in the NAS. I can't remember the patent number off hand, but if you're curious I can get it for you. 

By the way, Fighting Sioux forever! haha. 

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