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Project by Bill Schonfelder posted 10-12-2015 02:29 PM 1171 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It all starts off with an Idea and a dream. Since the Steam punk was so successful why not try one that folds up and is portable. The design begins in Inventor a 3D modeling program, then transformed into a working model.
I will soon upload a timelaspe of the drone being assembled on you tube once it is finished. And yes it flies, I will upload a video showing it flying.
I am looking for someone who wants to partner up with me to cutout these three designs. I have a thought about the material that I want to use that is stronger than wood, and light as carbon fiber for the bodies. Please contact me by email ( cadcygnus@gmail.com ) or here about this possible partnership. I am looking for a person with a way to cutout 1/8” material in bulk. I would prefer a cnc machine. The pieces must match the pattern to work properly. It can even be a one time contract for the job.
I hope to hear from someone soon. I believe that drones are our future, and this is the time to get in on the ground floor to be a part of this new technology.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/Hardwooddesignz?ref=hdr_shop_menu





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majuvla

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#1 posted 10-12-2015 03:21 PM

Again, awesome flying craft! I would like some video of it, to see it flying.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Bill Schonfelder

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#2 posted 10-12-2015 08:27 PM

Sorry it takes a long time to make these videos. Here it is on you tube.
Shows it flying and a timelapse of it being built

https://youtu.be/FcAFq8ooqZ8

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/Hardwooddesignz?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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quvia

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#3 posted 10-12-2015 09:18 PM

Cool video. Nice work

-- Ted ,Conesus,N.Y.

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#4 posted 10-13-2015 09:19 AM

Very nice

-- Vince

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#5 posted 10-13-2015 12:20 PM

Way over my head! no pun intended! But I sure do love it!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Wyatt12

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#6 posted 10-14-2015 06:12 AM

That looks fantastic! I’d love to know what components you used (flight controller, battery, motors etc…). I built one in college around the Navio+ flight controller which worked pretty well.

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Richard

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#7 posted 10-15-2015 05:40 PM



That looks fantastic! I d love to know what components you used (flight controller, battery, motors etc…). I built one in college around the Navio+ flight controller which worked pretty well.

- Wyatt12


Looks very cool , but if he is planning on selling these he may not want to give away any more information than he already has to prevent someone else from taking the design. I would submit paper work for a Copyright or Patent pretty quick if I planned on selling them.

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Wyatt12

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#8 posted 10-15-2015 10:06 PM


Looks very cool , but if he is planning on selling these he may not want to give away any more information than he already has to prevent someone else from taking the design. I would submit paper work for a Copyright or Patent pretty quick if I planned on selling them.

- Richard

On his video: “I will be selling these as kits without the electronics added in. This way you can put what you want in there and fly it according to your skill level.”

I’m assuming he will include some kind of suggestions or guidelines for selecting a flight controller and sizing motors in the kit anyway. I’m just wondering for my own edification what Bill used for this prototype. It looks like it flies very well, I would be proud to fly a wooden drone!

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Richard

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#9 posted 10-15-2015 10:35 PM

Ok I didn’t watch the video so I didn’t know that was his plan. Cool idea though.

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Bill Schonfelder

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#10 posted 10-18-2015 04:54 AM

Going to market this. Have a cnc lined up. Material is light as wood and strong as carbon fiber. 7mm thick. Custom made brass fitted studs. Weight is 500 grams as you see it. First run will be in 2 to 3 weeks. Cost and advertising will soon follow. Very excited about this design. It is 17 inches diagonally. Designed to be flown in the X configuration.

I do plan to sell these and I will definitely give you a list of what you need to equip them. Truth is the engines and flight controller and what determine the weight of the frame in order to fly. Weight equals battery drain and flight time.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/Hardwooddesignz?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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Bill Schonfelder

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#11 posted 10-18-2015 05:00 AM


Looks very cool , but if he is planning on selling these he may not want to give away any more information than he already has to prevent someone else from taking the design. I would submit paper work for a Copyright or Patent pretty quick if I planned on selling them.

- Richard

On his video: “I will be selling these as kits without the electronics added in. This way you can put what you want in there and fly it according to your skill level.”

I m assuming he will include some kind of suggestions or guidelines for selecting a flight controller and sizing motors in the kit anyway. I m just wondering for my own edification what Bill used for this prototype. It looks like it flies very well, I would be proud to fly a wooden drone!

- Wyatt12

Hi this was oak planned down to 1/4” then over head drum sanded to 3/16”. Band saw cut with a fine tooth blade, then profiled with drum sanders and belt sanders. The prototype on the first trial is always hit and miss. I got lucky on the first three designs and didn’t have to change much from the 3D model. You should of seen the very first design the “Black Bug”. That sucker with the wrong motors just spun and stayed put. Added larger wash props and it flipped it. lol. Also learned to never use acrylic for motor mounts, it vibrates the plastic to shatter. Happened only once to me.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/Hardwooddesignz?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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Bill Schonfelder

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#12 posted 10-19-2015 02:58 PM

The plan is too sell these for 60.00 a kit. The earliest production I can ship any out will be three weeks.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/Hardwooddesignz?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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Wyatt12

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#13 posted 10-20-2015 08:51 PM


Hi this was oak planned down to 1/4” then over head drum sanded to 3/16”. Band saw cut with a fine tooth blade, then profiled with drum sanders and belt sanders. The prototype on the first trial is always hit and miss. I got lucky on the first three designs and didn t have to change much from the 3D model. You should of seen the very first design the “Black Bug”. That sucker with the wrong motors just spun and stayed put. Added larger wash props and it flipped it. lol. Also learned to never use acrylic for motor mounts, it vibrates the plastic to shatter. Happened only once to me.

- Bill Schonfelder

Your prototyping process sounds all too familiar! Good luck with the production and marketing, I hope your business takes off!... (pun strongly intended).

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Bill Schonfelder

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#14 posted 11-05-2015 02:48 PM


Your prototyping process sounds all too familiar! Good luck with the production and marketing, I hope your business takes off!... (pun strongly intended).

- Wyatt12

Lol, thanks. here is an update on the business. We ended up on kickstarter.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/Hardwooddesignz?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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