For those who haven't seen my previous blog here's some background on what this project involves.
The goal of this project is to prove that it is possible to print a miniQuad on a 3D printer at a reasonable price. This frame was designed using the excellent 3D modelling program Blender 3D. It would then be manufactured using a 3D printing service Shapeways.com. By using this printing service it becomes available for the public to order their own copies of this frame.
I am now one step closer to that goal. Over the holidays, I received the printed frame from Shapeways, and assembled it. Unfortunately, I need a few more parts, like additional motors, propellers, and batteries, before first flight.
My assessment so far is that, the strength and weight of the frame is more than adequate for flight. The plastic used has a small amount of flex, which should help to survive hard landings, but is stiff enough to keep the shape of the quad.
I have decided to dub this frame Firefly Mark One!
The following is major components for this project:
For those who always ask, "How much does it cost and where can I get one?":
I've placed all the parts of the Firefly Mark One frame in my shop on http://Shapeways.com/shops/rcshop, for public viewing. You can look at each model in 3D, spinning it around for better viewing.
The Firefly Mark One will come in at a cost of under $100, the long arm version of the frame (25.7 cm motor-motor), including the hub, 4 arms, battery holder, and APM mounting plate. Electronics, and mounting hardware not included, of course, since I can't print nuts and bolts.
Flight videos and tuning parameters coming, as soon as I get my parts from HobbyKing.
Would love to get any feedback from the community, before making it publicly available for ordering.