|Project by Bill Schonfelder||posted 10-07-2015 07:14 PM||2416 views||4 times favorited||19 comments|
This is the artistic flying Steampunk Drone.
The dimensions are 11 5/16” from center of the motor to the center of the other motor.
Height 8 3/8”
Motors 935 Kv
Lipo 3s 3,000 mah
FC – KK2.1 flashed with stevis 1.9 firmware
ESC simonk 20 amp
Distribution board – bullet connectors 3mm
Receiver – 9 channel DSM2.
9/32 nuts and bolts
bought motor mounts.
Weight 1,034 grams
Design from plans
This is built from some plans that I designed for a drone. I used AutoCAD Inventor to design this done. The idea was to create a drone that could be made in a typical home workshop environment. I didn’t want to invest in a 3d printer, and didn’t want to use a CNC machine to cut out the parts. It had to be light, easy to cut and mold or finish, easy to assembly, and to be able to create as many parts that are needed for replacements. This is where the idea for these plans was born from. You can read more about the plans and how to purchase them here.
Drone plans to purchase here
The first design.
I made the first prototype out of Acrylic and wood. The first design was built with 935 kv motors and 9×7 props. The bolts and nuts came from a local hardware store. The motors, esc, flight control board, propellers, jst plugs, lipo battery, and the landing gear all were purchased from hobby stores online. The first design even had its own created power distribution board designed and built from bullets and wires. Weight and motor displacement was critical in the first design. The first motors I used were 2220 kv and were not powerful enough to lift it. I used the 2220 kv motors in another design that was built for indoor use. You can learn more about the other design at the website listed in this description. After finally getting the first prototype to fly and fly stable, the next step was to perfect the plans and then create a design with a smaller footprint. It needed to be a more fluid design and was modular. The drone had to have the parts easy to reproduce, and come apart quickly for repair and modifications. This is where the next design idea change came from. Everyone who builds their drones will either zip ties their speed controllers to the arms or put them inside the body of the drone. This lead to me think, why not make it a 2 piece design? I have not seen this done before and it would make the drone easier to repair. The upper body will contain the flight control board, the receiver and the motors. The bottom will contain the landing gear, the battery, and the power distribution board. You can see the 2 part drone flying here on you tube.
You tube video showing maiden flight
Browse the channel if you want to see more demonstration flights and other designs. The second prototype was made out of acrylic, wood, and had lights added to it. The lights were added in keeping with the 2 part design. The led lights were fed off of the battery’s balance plug. This did not have any effect on the life of the battery. I was still able to get 6 to 8 minutes out of a flight. The second design showed itself to be more stable and flyer friendly. Everything was working as designed.
The second design.
The second design called the “Black Bug” because of the landing gear, was created for a smaller quad that could be flown in a living room or small area. I didn’t have much room for the ESCS to be mounted on the arms. This design also needed to follow the 2 part take a part pattern. In keeping with the first design I was able to rubber band the electronics inside of the body. This gave the drone a more slender and unusual look. Just follow the You tube links in the website to see more of this.
The third design.
I was running short of purchased Acrylic and wondered if I could make it out of hardwood planed down to an 1/8”thickness. This is where the Steam Punk drone came from. I used walnut for the body, cherry for the arms, and this time I cut out my own motor mounts from a reed wood instead of purchasing them online already made. I showed this to a group I am part of on a FB group and someone challenged me to make it Steam Punk. Going to Inventor I started designing the parts for the Drone. It had to be light, part of the modular design, and artistic. This is what you will see on You Tube website. I will be selling this drone on Ebay once I get the black props that I ordered and have finished painting and antiquing the parts. If you don’t like the Steam punk look you can take everything off and it will be just a nice walnut flying drone. I am at 900 to 1000 grams with the battery in. I would venture this could lift another 900 grams with some sacrifice to the battery life. I love designing these drones. I think they are the future. I may be getting a 3D printer with the sales from this drone. I hope to keep learning, building and designing for a very long time. I am still a novice flier and there is a wide range of learning for me to do. I bought some FPV goggles and will be learning more about this type of flying as my skill develop. Also in the plans is to learn autonomous, GPS, and nav points.
Please like and share and purchase some plans so you can make your own