3D Robotics


From Hackster.io (via Adafruit)

This tutorial demonstrates how to build a Linux drone with the Raspberry Pi Zero using a BOM (Bill of Materials) of less than 200 US$. The drone uses a real-time capable Linux kernel, a Debian-based file system and Dronecode’s APM flight stack compiled for the PXFmini autopilot board. All these components have been put together by Erle Robotics in their OS image for the PXFmini.

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  • MR60

    VAT is always due, does not matter you are EU or non EU residents. Our European tax administrations require VAT in all cases, except for intra-European purchases between EU companies. That means that to avoid paying the VAT, you need to be a registered European company with a VAT number.

  • Yes
    I went to the site, went to buy the basic version with no add owns, and the 21% was added on
    Not to mention the total was over $600 U.S.
  • Yup, VAT is 21%, but last I check PXFmini was 89€ with VAT included. 


  • Just when I think I have spent enough on RC...ah, who am I kidding, it's never enough.
  • the pi zero may be vaporware at this point, but the odroid c0 isnt and its faster.

  • I'm sure Pi Zero will be reasonably available soon and of course the new Pi 3 could kick performance up a lot at not too much of a increase in price.

    This is a really great post from Victor Mayoral and it shows how far things have really come.

    It is a very cheap and easy way for a lot of potential DIY quadcopter enthusiasts to get started.

    I will definitely link to it from my Drones Are Fun Site.



  • Incredible, just how far things have come in so short a time. So many choices. My inner geek couldn't be happier to be alive today to play with all these things. 

  • I have been building some platforms for swarming for around that price:

    Afro ESC 20Amp x4 42.00
    D822/17 Brushless Outrunner 1100kv x4 35.56
    XT60 to 6 X 3.5mm bullet 4.26
    f330 frame 11.25
    9x4.7 CW 3.05
    9x4.7 CCW 3.05
    Zippy 2.2Ah 3s 11.22 11.22
    Mini APM Pro w/power module and gps 70
    Raspberry Pi 2 35
    total 175

    I would love to move to the PXFmini but there are no pi zeros :(

  • Thanks for sharing this Chris.

    Jiro, non-EU residents do not have to pay VAT. Our webstore should take care of that automatically if you introduce the shipping and billing details.

  • its a 100 alone to get the pxf mini ti the u.s. with shipping. So the rest of the components would have to be pretty cheap. Is the ublox neo 7m any better the than the neo m8n that  I see everyone using?

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