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Crossfire 3D Printed Quadcopter Part 1

Feb 17, 2017

Cory Oliver


Hey Guys!

 

I'm very excited to show you our current project at the Boca Bearing's Workshop. We recently purchased a Type A Machine 3D printer. We figured, we already have a GoPro, we had a lot of fun with the AR Parrot Drone 2.0 that we've been flying around the warehouse.

 

We think we're ready to step up our game and start working on a full sized multi-rotor that will allow us to take some outdoor aerial video. More importantly, we want to really use this project to learn about 3D printing, electronics, and what goes into making your own functional radio controlled item. That and it'll be great to get out and get some fresh air once in a while. 

 

Goal:
To build a quadcopter using a 3D printed frame and off the shelf electronics.

 

Design
The design we've chosen to go with is the Crossfire
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:32281

 

The is what a finished version version of this quad looks like. 
Credit to MikeyB for the photo and for this design

 

We're printing it in PLA plastic on a Type-A machines Series 1 3D printer. The first iteration came out slightly warped, and had a few other issues, but it's a good proof of concept. These parts were some of the first attempted prints we did when we were still learning how to use the printer. Our prints improved quite a bit since then, the next one we print will (hopefully) be the one we ultimately use for the build.

 

 

This is my first build of this type. I'll be using this blog to document our progress, the learning process and all the pitfalls we encounter along the way.