Interesting topic on Gizmag.

According to van Loenen, all the plastic parts, which include the clamps to attach the motors, can be 3D printed in ABS, with the appropriate files made available on van Loenen's website. The clamps used may not work with more unusually shaped objects, but there's nothing stopping anyone from designing their own custom variants.

http://www.gizmag.com/drone-it-yourself/28209/

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Comment by LanMark on July 9, 2013 at 1:25pm

interesting.   Bike rims are pretty light and definitely strong.

Comment by earthpatrol on July 9, 2013 at 1:36pm

The carbon fiber tri-spoke rims work really well but on the pricey side. Sometimes you can find used or slightly damaged carbon fiber bike rims that work perfectly as copter frames.

Comment by johnkowalsky on July 9, 2013 at 4:22pm

they should make a much larger version... then I'll put it on my neighbours ATV.. .just for the heck of it - yo dawg I heard you like quads so I turned you're quad into a quad... yeah I know that's getting cliche

Comment by Phill Scott on July 10, 2013 at 1:26am

John - and that's what makes the cliche funny!

I like the idea of being able to turn up somewhere with a peli case of bits and the need to move something somewhere, and you just put the bits on the object to be moved, move it, and then off you go!

I guess it wouldn't matter where you put the motors really - it could be quite asymmetric as long as there was enough balanced thrust to take off - software can sort everything else out.

Comment by johnkowalsky on July 10, 2013 at 2:07am

I like the idea of being able to turn up somewhere with a peli case of bits and the need to move something somewhere, and you just put the bits on the object to be moved, move it, and then off you go!

The only problem here is that multicopters don't scale up well - and that's due to laws of physics, inertia and stuff like that.

Comment by Phill Scott on July 10, 2013 at 2:13am

Yup.

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