The DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0 kit offers you the opportunity to turn any object into a drone*, simply by attaching four motors and a control unit – no technical know-how needed. The kit consists of multiple parts that are easy to assemble and can be attached to a wide range of different objects.
For more advanced uses, you can take the original designs and alter the kit by making your own custom clamps or add-ons as needed.
The plastic parts have been 3D printed in ABS. The control unit contains a receiver, four ESCs, a bluetooth module and an OpenPilot CC3D flightcontroller.
Both the original files and the printable STL files are available here.
As requested by some visitors, I’ve made a bill of materials for the kit. The parts mentioned are the ones I’ve used, but you shouldn’t have too much trouble using similar parts. The BOM can be found here.
This was my graduation project at the Piet Zwart Institute. Many thanks to all the tutors, Mathijs van Oosterhoudt for the video, Richard Vijgen for letting me use his 3D printer to experiment, Frank Kolkman for printing the final objects, Jiskar Schmitz of Snijlab.nl for his help with the laser-cut case interior and Anne Elshof for the title.
* Technically this would be an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), not a drone, but drone seems to be the term most used these days.
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