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Custom Hexacopter

Started Nov 4, 2015 0 Replies

The time has come for me to part with my custom built hexacopter. This has been so much fun over the last couple years, but with a young child at home I just don't have the time anymore. I have well…Continue

Unable to arm hexa

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Adams May 10, 2012. 18 Replies

I recently updated my 9x to er9x. Ever since doing so I am unable to arm my copter. I've run the radio calibration and it's picking up all my inputs just fine. Everything on the radio end seems to…Continue

Drive Stepper Motor via RC

Started this discussion. Last reply by J Smith Apr 30, 2015. 2 Replies

I am trying to figure out a way to drive stepper motors via my RC Rx. I have been looking at Pololu stepper motor drivers but have gotten nowhere. Has anyone done this before? I just need a place to…Continue

Another Hexacopter Build

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Adams Jun 21, 2012. 2 Replies

I started off small with a custom built quad and got the hang of flying multicopters...This just fueled the fire. After doing much research, attempting to build everything from scratch and failing, I…Continue

 

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Custom Hexacopter

The time has come for me to part with my custom built hexacopter. This has been so much fun over the last couple years, but with a young child at home I just don't have the time anymore. I have well north of $1000 into this thing but need it gone. This was custom built over a few years specifically to lift camera's. Although I only fly a GoPro, it's capable of much more. With this setup I can fly on two 5000mAh packs for ~20minutes. This is tuned for my liking and is easily ready to fly right…See More
Nov 4, 2015
Andrew Adams replied to Stephen Roach's discussion 3DR radios will not connect for initial setup *** SOLVED ***
"Well I fell dumb...I hadn't updated the firmware in so long that it was a version prior to the 3DR radios being released. I hadn't even given that consideration..whoops. All is working well. Just need to get everything set back up and…"
Oct 1, 2013
Andrew Adams replied to Stephen Roach's discussion 3DR radios will not connect for initial setup *** SOLVED ***
"As far as I can tell, everything is set for 57.6k. I can read and set the settings for each radio without issue. They connect immediately on power up. When I select the port and baud rate and hit connect, it just times out."
Oct 1, 2013
Andrew Adams replied to Stephen Roach's discussion 3DR radios will not connect for initial setup *** SOLVED ***
"Hate to bring up an old thread, but I'm having a similar issue. I have an APM 1 and have connected it as stated in the wiki. I can load the ground and air settings in MP and the radio config. I can change the settings. Everything seems to work…"
Oct 1, 2013
kolin replied to Andrew Adams's discussion Drive Stepper Motor via RC
"https://store.cunningturtle.com/product/ct-60 I need one too. I is AVR and opensource firmware. Answer one year late... :)"
May 8, 2013
Andrew Adams replied to Andrew Adams's discussion Another Hexacopter Build
"I got most everything from here. They aren't cheap, but it's a high quality product and very sturdy. I wanted something that was sturdy, strong and didn't have that DIY look. The Camera gimbal is from x468.com The landing gear is…"
Jun 21, 2012
BartJan Hooft replied to Andrew Adams's discussion Another Hexacopter Build
"Hi there, Like your build. I've just started working with copters and looking at building my own in a few months time. Where do you get your frame parts if I may ask? I am interested in your arm mounts and and roto mounts?  Further were…"
Jun 21, 2012
Andrew Adams replied to Ellison Chan's discussion Gauging Interest in the CNC Machine in the group DIYDrones - CNC Project
"I'm in!"
Jun 8, 2012
Andrew Adams replied to David Dominguez's discussion Can't calibrate radio with APM2
May 11, 2012
Andrew Adams replied to David Dominguez's discussion Can't calibrate radio with APM2
"Maybe I'm missing something here, since I don't have that Tx/Rx but isn't the signal pin on the Rx the top pin?? In the top picture it looks like you are using the bottom pin. Again, I'm not sure if it's different on that…"
May 11, 2012
Andrew Adams replied to Andrew Adams's discussion Unable to arm hexa
"Finally got around to messing with my copter and solved all my problems. I reloaded the f/w and recalibrated the radio. As soon as I finished this I was able to arm and fly my copter. Not sure what was going on before, but glad its fixed. Thanks…"
May 10, 2012
Andrew Adams replied to Michael's discussion APM 2 ESC beeping rapidly
"I would calibrate them again just in case..It's not too hard when doing it automatically. Sounds like you have the same issue I do. Like I said, I'm just waiting for a f/w update so I can give a new version a try."
May 10, 2012
Andrew Adams replied to Michael's discussion APM 2 ESC beeping rapidly
"Make sure they are calibrated...I am having the same issue, however, I have an APM1. Someone did mention to me that with the current AC f/w and an APM 2 you have to hit the reset button every time. I am still having the issue and am just waiting…"
May 10, 2012
Andrew Adams replied to Grahame Harvey's discussion cannot start motors on HEX w/APM1
"What do they motors do when you the arming LED goes solid? Are they beeping? Pictures, or video of the problems? Some more info would be helpful."
May 9, 2012
Vernon Barry replied to Andrew Adams's discussion Unable to arm hexa
"On APM2.0, because you must lit the reset after powering via BEC, it often is the wrong timing with the ESCs trying to go into their programming mode and they don't accept any input. SO yes, I have seen this before and what it takes is 3 or 4…"
May 8, 2012
CyberCrash replied to Andrew Adams's discussion Unable to arm hexa
"Hello, I had the same problem with the new APM2. Just try to change or reverse the remote inputs until it works."
May 8, 2012

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I'm an engineer and love anything mechanical or electrical! I try not to redesign the wheel when I create things, but give it my own unique twist...oh ya, GO HOKIES!!
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Copters and eventually Fixed wing.

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My Custom Arducopter Frame - Part 2

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 3:49pm 9 Comments

Here is the laser cut acrylic mocked up...the laser doesn't do well with G10 so I had to find someone that would cut it for me until I build my own router. 

 

Here is the main plate with the carrier boards. I have the vibration mounts(black things) supporting the carrier boards. The APM is mounted on top of the first carrier board with the Xbee on the very top. …

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My Custom Arducopter Frame

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 7:30am 6 Comments

After a long arduous process of getting my copter up in the air, it finally flies. I was happy with it for a week or so but am now unhappy with the CD Case body/frame that I'm currently sporting. So I decided to design a frame that was perfect for my needs.

 

I did all the work in AutoCAD(sorry about the colors). It's a mashup of my own design and the official Arducopter design, among others.

 

First up I have a Quad & Hexa version. These main plates (as I…

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