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One of my older projects
« on: November 29, 2017, 12:05:40 PM »
I'm new here - but I'm really not new to 3D printing or multirotors. Actually, I've been designing and building 3D printers and multirotors for several years.

It sounds like the idea of this topic is to share projects we've worked on, so here is one I did almost two years ago. It is a mini tricopter in the 250 racer class. I designed it in DesignSpark Mechanical (my preferred CAD software for 3D printing designs) and it was printed entirely on one of the 3D printers that I built from scratch. I had intended to post this to Thingiverse at some point, but never got around to it. It's moderately difficult to print and requires quite a few supports.

It uses a Flip32 AIO V2 flight controller along with some HugESC 12Amp BLHeli-(OneShot) micro ESC's. It has an onboard FPV camera and video transmitter. (the video transmitter and circularly polarized antenna also fit completely inside, but were not installed when these photos were taken) The video OSD is handled by the Flip32 AIO flight controller. The Flip32 has onboard voltage and current monitoring and displays that data on the OSD. The RC receiver is an FRSky D4R-II, which relays flight battery voltage telemetry back to my FrSky Taranis transmitter.

The flight controller uses a optimized version of cleanflight called triflight. Total power is only around 320 watts maximum and it runs from an 1300mah 3S Zippy Compact LiPo which fits snugly inside. Even with the modest power output, it flies incredibly fast due to the highly aerodynamic design. I estimate it has flown as fast as 70mph. (in short bursts because it get out of my visual range very quickly!) I don't normally fly it FPV because the camera angle is fixed horizontal and it doesn't have good dynamic range. (need a better camera that will fit)
« Last Edit: November 29, 2017, 01:01:17 PM by KDan »
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Re: One of my older projects
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 01:26:09 PM »
Very nice indeed , i have been looking for something similar although not to turn into a quad but to make use of some of the preformed wings that i have ( specifically from the Zohd Nano Talon )



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Re: One of my older projects
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2018, 11:31:42 AM »
Hey fella, Love the tricopter .. and the others :-)   I did start designing a VTOL but not done much as other projects get in the way.. I would love to get it finished but no idea how well it would fly!

What software do you use?

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Re: One of my older projects
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2018, 11:01:21 AM »
Hey fella, Love the tricopter .. and the others :-)   I did start designing a VTOL but not done much as other projects get in the way.. I would love to get it finished but no idea how well it would fly!

What software do you use?

Steve

Hi Steve,

I'm guessing you are talking about design software? I use DesignSpark Mechanical about 95% of the time. I have used Fusion 360 for a few special projects where I needed a capability that DS Mechanical didn't have. Overall I find DesignSpark Mechanical much faster and more intuitive for direct modelling.

Greg
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