Hi everyone! I am finally ready to show off something I've been working on for months! It's a motherboard (which I am calling the MAXboard) that all the various electronics for a multirotor aircraft plug into. It eliminates pretty much any possible wiring mistakes, and all soldering. It makes it much easier to build, repair, and upgrade your aircraft.

This is an open source project, and am I running a Kickstarter campain to get some funds to continue development. I am also really hoping to get the support of the DIY Drones community to help me test it and work out bugs.

There is also a frame I designed to go with it as well as a ground station I think you'll like. I'll post more information on those, as well as some videos, soon.

For more info, or to help support the project, please take a look at my Kickstarter. Thanks! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1703258614/maxrotor-open-source...

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Comment by Gary McCray on June 23, 2013 at 3:18pm

I usually let one or 2 small typos slide, but more than that I just copy the current post into a new "Comment" box edit it and delete the old post.

You can also edit the whole blog, but then you have to wait for a moderator to re-post it.

Comment by David Anders on June 23, 2013 at 3:19pm

Firstly, very nice work Michael.

Secondly, given the recent push on reducing magnetic interference, has there been anything thought to that on this board?

Comment by Michael Colton on June 23, 2013 at 3:20pm

Garry, thanks for your comments. I think some of this will be clarified more easily with a picture.

The entire upper portion is vibration isolated. The MAXboard goes on top, protecting the components on both sides (there are cutouts for the sonar and optical flow sensors). Regarding the GPS and Magnetometer, I was very careful to route any traces carrying large current as far from them as possible. In my flight testing, I haven't had any issues with them.

Comment by Gary McCray on June 23, 2013 at 4:12pm


That is a great design,

I really like the propeller protection concept and this is one of the best implementations I have seen.

You have one of the most innovative shock isolation concepts Ive seen too.

(ABS top frame?)

Comment by Michael Colton on June 23, 2013 at 4:52pm

Gary, thanks! I really appreciate it! A lot of work and trial and error were involved, but I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out. Yes, the top frame is ABS.

Comment by Rana on June 23, 2013 at 5:55pm

That's really, really awesome !

Comment by Michael Colton on June 23, 2013 at 6:40pm

Thank you!

Comment by Luca Passone on June 23, 2013 at 6:57pm
Definitely goes in the awesome bucket! Puts what I'm designing to shame!
Comment by Jack Crossfire on June 23, 2013 at 7:38pm

About time someone made it happen, but a large copper clad board is extremely expensive & unlike the PC era, we now live in a world of RF interference between boards, line of sight requirements, & vertical connectors instead edge connectors, requiring a very large motherboard.

Comment by Sam on June 23, 2013 at 8:26pm

I don't know if you can edit you kick-starter project.... but you really need something between $30 and $200, i would be happy to pay $60-100 for all the components, but need more than the PCB, and cant spend $200 on the full thing....

good job and thanks a lot!!! i think it is a great idea!!! i just cant afford it... (I'm only 14...)


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