3DR ArduCopter kits are back in stock at the 3D Robotics store. The kits have gone through a slight redesign both in mechanical design and documentation. Our new facility in Tijuana, Mexico as well as better suppliers for parts have allowed us to greatly improve the quality of these kits as well as offering them for lower prices. The new frames also look stunning!
The main change to both of the kits is the new arms, the arms are now 40mm shorter which translates to about 10 grams lighter per arm. This allows for the motor cables to be shorter and reduce the weight of the vehicle overall. The motors are no longer mounted through the entire cross section of the arm which caused the old 3DR arms to sink, the motors are not mounted to the top face of the arm providing a better mounting surface. The two frames are significantly smaller and will allow for easier transportation. The arms now come in two colors, blue and black. Each kit will contain 2 blue arms and a spare black arm (3 black arms for the Quad kit and 5 black arms for the hexa kit), this will allow you to build your vehicle in either + or x configuration with the front indicated by a blue arm(s).The center plates on the Hexa-B have been redesigned to accommodate for the shorter arms and large props.
The manuals for both of the kits have been re-written, we took all your feedback and produced a better set of assembly and set-up instructions. 3DR will also be providing a parameter file for these specific frames and keep it current as the code evolves to provide the best possible performance with these frames. The first iteration of this param file should be available shortly.
The full flight electronics quad and hexa kit have been upgraded to APM2.5 .
3DR ArduCopter Quad-C
3DR ArduCopter Quad-C Frame Kit $99.99
3DR ArduCopter Quad-C Frame + Motors Kit $249.99
3DR ArduCopter Quad-C Frame + Motors + Full Flight Electronics Kit $449.99
3DR ArduCopter Hexa-B
3DR ArduCopter Hexa-B Frame Kit $129.99
3DR ArduCopter Hexa-B Frame + Motors Kit $349.99
3DR ArduCopter Hexa-B Frame + Motors + Full Flight Electronics Kit $549.99
3DR ArduCopter kits will begin shipping today!
Yes the way the listing was made it pulls from two different options (colors) so the stock is actually on the options not on the top item. It is confusing, i passed it on to see if something can be done about it.
@ Alan... Ah, I was thrown off by the email me when back in stock option and lack of number next to quantity in stock. I already placed my order, but hopefully I won't need more than the extra one that comes with the frame for now.
We have the new 3DR kits on they way to our shop too. Will start shipping next week!
Hi Alex they are in stock here. Let me know if you can't add them to your cart.
I've been waiting on a replacement arm for my hexa for a long time, I just decided to get the new frame. When will replacements be in stock for the new rev arms?
Jason, yup all quads shipping starting yesterday will be rev C. Before that kits were out of stock for over a month so yes yours will be one of the new ones.
If I ordered my 3dr quad kit last week and it is still processing, am I right to assume I will be receiving the C version? I don't want to get the old arms only to have to replace them with 4 shorter arms the first time I crash...
Hi everyone, I hear your concern about replacing arms in previous revisions of the 3DR ArduCopter kits. We have very few of the longer arms and they are not in mint condition, if someone really wanted them we could certainly work something out. We are working with our manufacturer to get a longer version of these new arms to be used as replacement for older revisions of the kits. Due to really high MOQ this might not happen but I will try my best to get these. Other than that I will look around for aluminum tubing in the same dimensions and hopefully be able to provide and alternative for customers that want to stick with the longer ones. All the FR4 replacement parts for older revisions of the 3DR ArduCopter kits will still be supported, we are in the process of reorganizing some products under the ArduCopter category at the 3DR store.
This new arms are compatible with older revisions of the 3DR ArduCopter kits, the only limitation is on the previous revision of the hexa you will be limited to 10in props when using Hexa-A FR4 plates.
I have the same concern as Dom and Dany. The upgrades look awesome, but I don't like the idea of having to replace all of the arms on my hexa if I one of them is damaged. I invested a significant amount in my hexa frame kit earlier this year, and having all of the replacement parts now be unavailable would be rather frustrating.
Good question Dom, I have the same as a distributor.... :)
But the good news is that CanadaDrones will have the new 3DR frames in stock early next week! Yeah!
Revised prices as well to follow the new price model! Everybody wins!
Very excited to see them in person, I will for sure assemble one quad and one hexa to play inspect them! :)
Review to come soon.