The "T" copter family of 3D printed drones is growing!

The are now four models in the "T" copter series: three quads and a coaxial six - all FREE for download from thingverse.com

I've also just done a short video series following the build of the 315 size T4 quadcopter which I hope might be useful to folks looking for a way to get started with a DIY copter and APM based flight controller.

Build video playlist 
Build video 1: Body assembly 
Build video 2: Install motors 
Build video 3: ESCs and power 
Build video 4: Flight control

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Comment by Marius van Rijnsoever on August 22, 2014 at 10:46pm

Looks great. Very solid flight on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KLcN-zDI7c.

How heavy are the frames?

Comment by Brendan22 on August 22, 2014 at 11:02pm

T4 Mini 250 (5" props) ~110 grams

T4 Mini 315 (8" props) ~130 grams

T4 (10" props) ~400 grams

T6 (10" props) ~350 grams

Comment by F. C. Bearsch on August 23, 2014 at 9:16am

As I have looked at these designs it seems they would benefit from a hybrid approach using a combination of materials and allowing the 3d printed parts to be only of the center body and then using standard stock for the arms, with maybe 3d printed connections


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Comment by leonardthall on August 23, 2014 at 8:33pm
These designs are the only available examples of 3d printed copters that make full use of the strengths of 3d printing while avoiding the weaknesses.

If you want to build a 3d printed copter I highly recommend that you start here. Even if you want to design your own. Look at these designs and understand why they have been done like this.

Nice job!

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Comment by leonardthall on August 23, 2014 at 8:35pm
Oops, I meant to say they are the only copters I have seen that....
Comment by Brendan22 on August 23, 2014 at 8:59pm

Thanks Leonard.  From you I take that as high praise :-)  

My wish is not to prove that 3D printing is the best way to build copters ...just to show that it can work, and actually work pretty well!

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