3D Robotics

3D-printed bat drone

From the video description:

A microprocessor-based onboard computer, a 6 DOF IMU sensor package, five DC motors with encoder feedback for flapping and wing articulation (asymmetric wing folding and leg/tail control), power/comm electronics, carbon-fiber frame, 3D printed parts, and silicone based membrane wings -- all at 92 grams. 

No motion capture system was used for indoor closed-loop control flight.

A. Ramezani, X. Shi, S.-J. Chung, and S. Hutchinson, “Bat Bot (B2), A Biologically Inspired Flying Machine,” Proc. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Stockholm, Sweden, May 16-21, 2016.

Dr. Alireza Ramezani, Xichen Shi
Prof. Soon-Jo Chung (http://publish.illinois.edu/aerospace...)
Prof. Seth Hutchinson (http://www-cvr.ai.uiuc.edu/~seth/)

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  • Moderator

    Payload could be a little tiny bug zapper then it could fly round gobbling up flies like the real thing :)

  • Impressing job, well done.
    I like the "(rubber)skin. May I ask you what material you are using here?
    Keep it coming!
  • Moderator
    I'm not sure why it would even need to carry a payload?

    Pretty cool to watch fly (glide?) though.
  • Flying bat, how about the payload?how about weight?
  • Nice work illinois, does anyone know if those are stepper motors and what type? I would love a couple of those bad boys. 

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