freeUAV is an open-source micro quadcopter platform, 3d-printed in carbon-fiber reinforced engineering plastic.Designed by Rapid Gadget, Ships from United States of America
FreeUAV is written in OpenSCAD and designed to be parametric, durable, and affordable. Why did you make it? I've wanted to build a quadcopter for a long time now, but I also wanted to improve my Op...Read More…
freeUAV is written in OpenSCAD and designed to be parametric, durable, and affordable.
I've wanted to build a quadcopter for a long time now, but I also wanted to improve my OpenSCAD programming skills. What better way than to design my own frame?
I was inspired by several interesting designs I found on the internet, but none of them seemed exactly what I wanted to fly--so I made my own.
This design is special for three simple reasons:
1. It flies well
Because of the rigidity of the frame and the way that the flight controller board is suspended with rubber bands, the freeUAV is both fluid and agile.
2. It's open-source
I have released my source code to this frame so everyone is free to make their own, improve it, or even sell it! It's about freedom, baby.
3. It's durable
I tested several iterations of this frame, all different thicknesses, curves, and materials. ColorFabb's XT-CF20 carbon fiber composite copolyester is the best material I've found, bar none. This frame held up to my 66-year-old father and my 12-year-old nephew repeatedly crashing it into the driveway. And some fences. And a house.
I'm proud to say that this frame can fly much better than I can pilot it. And because I've made a few design choices (like printing it in carbon-fiber reinforced filament and designing it with internal motor lips to prevent busting open the motor casings), it can handle the worst that I can throw at it.
Here they are:
Printed and assembled frame weight (inner and outer frame, with six rubber bands): 10 grams
Fully build weight without battery: 35 grams
Full weight including 300mAh battery: 44 grams
Size: 112mm class (motor-to-motor diagonal distance--this can be changed easily in the OpenSCAD source file)
Approximate flight time with 300mAh battery: 8-12 minutes
Here's what I'm flying now:
controlled by Taranis X9D Plus transmitter
and it's all held together with some hot glue (this is seriously the best way to attach the flight controller board to the electrics carrier).
Order a frame from me, here (if you want to support the designer) or print it out yourself! The code is on my github. I highly recommend using the most rigid plastic you can find. PLA actually performs well due to its rigidity, it just breaks easily in crashes. I've also flown several test frames printed with ColorFabb's nGen engineering plastic. It's a wonderful material, but not for this; it flexes too much for controlled flight, and it tends to shatter during hard crashes.
I'm only offering this frame in XT-CF20 because it's the best I've found so far.
3d-printed parts - electrics carrier and motor arms, both printed in ColorFabb XT-CF20 carbon fiber composite at 300-micron layer height with 3 shells (sides, top, and bottom) and 40% rectilinear infill
lots of rubber bands - two dozen to be exact. You only need six to fly this thing (4 to suspend the electrics carrier from the arms and two to strap down the battery), but we're sending plenty of spares
a few strips of Velcro dual-lock - this helps keep your battery from shifting during 'spirited' flight. Let's face it, spirited flight best flight.
If you want, you can also order extra extra parts, from the motor arms to the rubber bands and Velcro. You'll have to find your own hot glue though. ;-)
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