Thirty Days (#14): 12-rotor demo at Maker Faire 2013

Joe and Justin give the Maker Faire 2013 crowd a demo of their new heavy-lift 12-rotor creation -- including an example of flying with only six motors operational. The downwash from this monster could be used for clearing leaves off the lawn or removing snow from the driveway, in addition to keeping a large camera aloft.

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Comment by Joshua Johnson on May 20, 2013 at 3:28pm

This is awesome I was curious If anyone would go as far as to make an X8 but a Hex12 now thats amazing!!! When are RTF Hex12's coming out?!  I personally would like to put one on backorder if possible! :) #SummerProject

Comment by Joshua Ott on May 20, 2013 at 3:55pm

This uses the Y6 firmware. Believe it or not!

Comment by Joshua Ott on May 20, 2013 at 3:57pm


Joe and Justin built this with the same parts in the Y6 conversion.

Comment by Gary McCray on May 20, 2013 at 4:24pm

Great DodecaCopter guys, interesting to see if it can be practical for specific uses.

Seems like it could have considerable lift capacity in a small area.

Might be a good design for a tethered "work" copter as well.

Comment by Luis Morales on May 20, 2013 at 4:41pm

that looked great in maker faire but all the other stuff they where showcasing its looking pretty good too.

the telemetry cases look very nice.

Comment by Joshua Ott on May 20, 2013 at 4:48pm

Thanks Luis!

Comment by Joseph Aletky on May 20, 2013 at 5:10pm

I have designed this aircraft with ultimate redundancy in mind.  It can survive almost any failure imaginable and remain airborne.  It also provides a largest amount of lifting power in the most compact airframe. We have taken the success of the new Y6 frame and applied it to "The Beast" and we have had great results. We built it for internal use only, but judging by everyone's response and interest, we may have to offer this configuration very soon! Stay tuned...

Comment by Mike R. on May 20, 2013 at 5:18pm

Have you tested to see what weight this could safely lift in payload, other than batteries?

Comment by Joshua Ott on May 20, 2013 at 9:20pm

Mike, I believe it's somewhere around a metric sh*t ton... give or take.

Joe or Justin can correct me on that.

Comment by Mike R. on May 20, 2013 at 9:38pm

lol, then I'm in for 3.. :) Got some boulders and a small house to move..


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