Jimmy Oliver's Blog (13)

Build a Drone Parachute (Free STL Files)

If you have a 3D printer this is an easy way to build a parachute that is controlled automatically/manually from Pixhawk.

I suggest getting a metal servo arm instead of what is shown. I built this 2 years ago and the metal arm is a must.…


Added by Jimmy Oliver on January 27, 2018 at 10:37am — No Comments

FireFly6 DIY (built)

I know that selling here is probably frowned upon but I'm not sure eBay folks are up on this bird (since I have seen none for sale there) so I thought I would let this community have a crack at it first due to advanced knowledge of these systems. Message me with offer. This is running on QGroundControl and X8R. No radio. Set up file for Taranis can be emailed. Never flown but setup and working. May need fine tuning for hover and such. Thanks.…


Added by Jimmy Oliver on September 10, 2017 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

Phantom 3 No-Servo Cargo Drop System

I'm making these very cheap.

Designing more work related, in this case also fun, uses for drones. 3D printed "attach and go" drop system. Working on version for Phantom 4 next.

Product Page - Phantom Bomb…


Added by Jimmy Oliver on June 29, 2017 at 12:30pm — 21 Comments

Walabot. Has anyone seen/experimented with this?

Walabot is a 3D imaging sensor that lets you uncover things hidden in the world around you. This is very cheap and seems that there is a wide range of applications for working related drones. Just wanted your thoughts.

Added by Jimmy Oliver on April 30, 2017 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

UAVSA Membership Problems

I signed up to the UAVSA association a while back. I have not benefited by this resource and have tried to cancel for 6 months. I have not been successful.

Here is the membership page.


It has been this way…


Added by Jimmy Oliver on February 27, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Zano-style ONAGOFLY has big talk but...

In the aftermath of the Zano disaster a new micro drone has popped up boasting most of the features of the failed Zano.

There is a pre-sale tomorrow for $179 with final prices at around $200. The web site is light on information. There is no app that I can see. There is a highly suspect video that has been posted that looks recycled from some previous…


Added by Jimmy Oliver on December 7, 2015 at 10:04am — 18 Comments

Kickstarters' Zano in trouble

I am another one of the 12,000 suckers! Oh well...

To quote Chris Anderson: "DRONING IS HARD"



Added by Jimmy Oliver on November 11, 2015 at 9:30am — 30 Comments

Bebop Drone Accessories

Now that the Bebop has programmable flight control, it has become a bit more valuable in the field. I have made a few parts to enhance safety and protection. Check links below if you like.

Landing Gear



Added by Jimmy Oliver on November 3, 2015 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

$99 Drone Parachute on APM 3.3

The is the ninth and final test of an affordable parachute system designed with the Iris+ in mind. 42" chute with 3D printed parts, wires and servos. These are handmade.

Added by Jimmy Oliver on October 11, 2015 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments

Stop California Bad Drone Law

I have started a petition to stop the newest California drone law. Please consider signing so safe operators can continue flying and innovating. Thank you.

Sign The…


Added by Jimmy Oliver on August 28, 2015 at 5:00pm — 27 Comments

"No Holes" GPS Mod

Here is my attempt to leave the lid completely alone without chopping or drilling. I have installed a Ublox 7N on a printed, hinged tower. Everything is attached with some 3M VHB. I moved the TELEM2 to the back, via Cloud Surfer mod. I inserted the GPS wires through the empty antenna hole and wired the plugs on the other side. The door is a 3D print of semi-clear PLA which is very bright when activated. …


Added by Jimmy Oliver on August 15, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments


After months of waiting to win a Solo in the giveaway, I just made my own. The angled arms are shorter with the back arms swept back to accommodate 10" propellers. The landing gear was brought in to a mount on the underside (which can still mount a Tarot gimbal) Detachable legs that work as replacements for the !ris+ legs were integrated into the mount. A mount was created for the front mount for the Tarot 2D to get absolutely zero encroachment of legs/props. A tower…


Added by Jimmy Oliver on August 11, 2015 at 6:30pm — 19 Comments

711 Materials measures Waterford Plant

In a related project with my other company Jim Oliver Designer, I was tasked to measure the aggregate and sand piles at 711 Materials. JOD contracted the job of redesigning 711’s website and during…


Added by Jimmy Oliver on August 10, 2015 at 10:53am — 2 Comments

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