I'm working at the new DIY Drones factory in San Diego today, and I thought I'd share some pictures so you can see where the magic happens! Jordi is the guy standing on the right above. Most conversations are in Spanish, but everyone speaks excellent English, too.

There are currently 8 full-time employees, including Jordi (I'm not an employee, just a co-founder). Here's what some of them do:

Loading ArduIMU firmware and testing the boards with a custom jig.

Here's that jig

The pick-and-place machine

The shipping station

Applying solder paste with a stencil and hand-placing some super-delicate components

Hand-finishing boards and GPS modules that have parts that the pick-and-place machine can't handle.

The original toaster oven we used for reflow! Now still used sometimes (it's outside, so we don't have to vent it). The new automated reflow oven, with a proper conveyor belt, is just waiting to be vented inside.

Lots of room for flying at the baseball field out back!

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Comment by Dave Whittington on October 15, 2010 at 3:18pm
Congratulations on the new location - looks very professional! You all deserved a location that was larger and cooler that the previous garage location. May you have great success!

Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 15, 2010 at 3:25pm
Comment by IKE on October 15, 2010 at 3:38pm
Great work! :)
Comment by Daniel Gru on October 15, 2010 at 3:59pm
Nice one.
Did i see a Bortech Maja lying on a shelf in the first pic? What happened to that, any more reports about its life/it's future life?

Comment by Paul Mather on October 15, 2010 at 6:08pm
Wow, who are all of these employees?
Comment by A. Rafael Ptacnik on October 15, 2010 at 6:23pm
the oven was kind of awkward lol but im amazed about the fast growing of the business unbelievable its a year and some months old business. thanks to every one that participates in this forums :-)

Comment by Sandro Benigno on October 16, 2010 at 3:21am
What nice organization, guys!
We know that business is growing up because of the continuous effort to keep us high in the sky.
Success for all of you.
Comment by Berci on October 16, 2010 at 5:29am
very good guys are doing a great job,

hi ;)

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on October 16, 2010 at 7:40am
ionut: is that supposed to be a joke? I don't get it.
Comment by bGatti on October 16, 2010 at 10:17am
very cool to have landed a space with room to fly.


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