Hello world!

Welcome to Backyard Robotics Unmanned Build, UAV Build.

When I started building my first drone some time ago, I had in the back of my mind to eventually share my DIY adventures with the community.

This blog is the materialization of this idea.  I feel that at this point  I’ve had enough attempts, successes and failures in building DIY drones, that I can throw together a bunch of posts. This in the hope that the material will eventually be helpful to those going down the DIY path.

The CH-400, full-carbon fiber frame, with 3d printed motor mounts
The CI-400, full-carbon fiber frame, with 3d printed motor mounts. Photo taken before electronics and drive are attached.

I have recently finalized manufacturing of my 5th quadcopter design. It is a design that has satisfied me from many aspects, and therefore I consider it my current best. Before that, I went through an iteration of quad designs, including X, H and hybrid configurations. During this time I experimented with a range of production technologies that I have never had experience to work before. I’ve experimented with techniques such as 3D printing, Epoxy Lamination and Carbon Fiber layup. I’ve also learned to solder high-current circuits, and even gained experience with the much more humble (but extremely versatile!) technique of …zip-tie binding! In most cases I’ve worked with minimal hardware and tools, which gave me a good reason to try and think outside the box.

Just to make things clear though: This is not an expert blog! The content herein should be taken with a grain of salt. I usually try to reference expert sources when discussing an issue, but my advice is to go and do research before going the same path I went. It is highly likely that there are other ways to do things.

So this is the end of this introductory post. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope you are as excited as I am about the things to come!


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