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Thirty Days (#11): The new factory in Tijuana is coming together

Our new factory in Tijuana is coming together!

The ESD-safe flooring will be coated with a special wax. This works in conjunction with special booties on all the workers feet to keep electrical components happy and…


Added by Joshua Ott on May 15, 2013 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Thirty Days (#10): Seeking zero % failure

Looking for failure is a bittersweet endeavor -- it goes against human nature to look for something that we don't want to find. Our in-house process improvements are bringing us closer and closer to the goal of zero failures. Some days everything we make is perfect, but when it's not, our job is to find the fault before it gets to the customer. These new…


Added by Joshua Ott on May 14, 2013 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Thirty Days (#9): Meet the Fanuc

Our neighbor, Swerve Co, keeps some of their workers in cages.

Added by Joshua Ott on May 13, 2013 at 3:29pm — 3 Comments

Thirty Days (#8): Just some good 'ol boys flying the back 40

3DR's Friday Flyday -- ballcaps and intent looks all around.

Kevin Hester, Developer; Chris Anderson, El Jefe; Andy Jensen, CFO

Added by Joshua Ott on May 10, 2013 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

Thirty Days (#7): Zip ties + math = ?

Added by Joshua Ott on May 9, 2013 at 11:30am — 10 Comments

Thirty Days (#6): You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs

I don't think this is covered under warranty. 

Added by Joshua Ott on May 8, 2013 at 11:00am — 35 Comments

Thirty Days of Awesomeness (#3): FollowMe test.

A 3D Robotics quad following Chris around the field. He is using a Nexus 7 running Andropilot for the FollowMe functionality.

Added by Joshua Ott on May 3, 2013 at 10:00am — 19 Comments

Thirty Days of Awesomeness (#2): ISO9001:2008 certification.


Our head of manufacturing in Tijuana, Guillermo Romero, and his team: Elena Naranjo, Manuel Arriaga, Orlando Avendaño Gastelum, and Shiela Diaz have recently completed the introductory session of ISO9001:2008 certification. Quality…


Added by Joshua Ott on May 2, 2013 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Thirty days behind the scenes at 3DR. May 1

Every weekday in May, we’re going to be sharing a glimpse of what we’re working on behind the scenes at 3D Robotics. You’ll see many of our projects, see the facilities, meet the people and maybe get some hints at products coming out soon.  There are more than 70 of us now — in three facilities — and we’re super busy,  so there’s a lot to show!



Added by Joshua Ott on May 1, 2013 at 12:08pm — 36 Comments

Hexapod with router face

Volume warning!

Like most things hexapod, it's equal parts cool and scary.

Added by Joshua Ott on April 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

"Drones at home: a race to regulation"

From the Verge article posted a few days back... I think the video in the article deserves it's own post, a nice array of points and opinions in…


Added by Joshua Ott on March 22, 2013 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Chris Anderson talks rocket motors with Elon Musk

...During a question-and-answer session with "3D Robotics" editor-in-chief Chris Anderson, Musk said that affordable commercial space travel will never be possible with the current model, which relies on single-use booster rockets.…


Added by Joshua Ott on March 10, 2013 at 10:37pm — 6 Comments

E-bike mobile ground station project

This is the beginning of a project I've been thinking about for awhile. I'm making this blog post to encourage myself to get going on it.…


Added by Joshua Ott on March 8, 2013 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments

Bad laws would hurt good drones


Added by Joshua Ott on March 5, 2013 at 3:37pm — 9 Comments

Shunned technologies from the past

Machine Trashing (1812)

I've been doing some research on the history of technologies that, in spite of their benefits, have been misunderstood or vilified. 

A search for "shunned technology" turned up this interesting story -- about the zipper's struggle to find a place in the market during the early twentieth century:…


Added by Joshua Ott on February 7, 2013 at 8:55pm — 4 Comments

T-Motor is looking for our help to develop UAV specific motors

First look at these monsters coming soon!

My dream of an airbot-hammock might just come true after all...

Here is the request for input on developing a new line of motors "tailored for UAV applications"…


Added by Joshua Ott on February 3, 2013 at 12:00pm — 38 Comments

Robot Magazine- Flight controller roundup

*APM 2.5 is a standout on price versus performance.

*Mission planner gets special praise on it's own

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Added by Joshua Ott on January 25, 2013 at 10:35pm — 9 Comments

Locking bullet connectors

I prefer to use bullet connectors between motor and ESC. Lot's of folks use solder on these joints for a very good reason. One loose connection on a multirotor motor circuit can spell disaster. In addition to the possibility of a loose connection, it is often the case that the heat shrink insulation can leave a small gap between the two parts of the bullet. I want all…


Added by Joshua Ott on January 25, 2013 at 1:00am — 16 Comments


Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

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