Sunday, July 29, 2012


It's been awhile since I have posted anything on this. But I have been working! (some might disagree..) So this quadcopter thing...

The classic Quadcopter.
This is something I have been wanting to do for awhile and now has finally materialized. The basics goals of this was:
1. Cheap but not cheap2. Custom frame aka not a kit build.
3. Can carry a small HD camera [goPro]

The frame is laser cut from a 1/8 delrin sheet that makes up the body and the motor mounts. The Struts are 10mm carbon fiber box from Hobbyking while the landing gear is laser cut wood; with the intent to be swapped for bigger ones when a camera is attached. The main bulk the electronics is sourced from Hobby King, and the main control board is the new KK2. And because everyone loves photos:

I also picked up an Spektrum 6 Channel Radio and receiver for control and also future projects. One more order from McMaster should provide the raw materials and fastening hardware.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Stuff to do

Time to get organized, to much to do to little time to do it.

FRC 2012: Out with the old in with the new, attempting more fixes/upgrades on the old base is becoming even more so pointless so a entire new West Coast Drive base is in the works as well as a new bridge manipulator. Shooter/Tower will remain with some tweaks to the feed and a bunch of updates to code will be added. This will be happening for sure, parts are already in the mail.

GoKart: Since my last post about this most of the CAD work is done and the BOM has been created. However totaling almost $900 this one will probably be on hold till a later time, optimistically next summer. But the research done for this will be useful for future things. A more updated CAD post might happen.

Swerve drive: this is something that could be for FIRST however for actual competition use is very unlikely. More of just something to mess with for fun, CAD is somewhat done on this and the projected cost should be $200-$300 mainly due to the absolute encoders required to control the modules.

Quadcopter: this is a new one, so far just research have been done on this. Seeing that almost every hobbyist has built one, should be a fairly simple project. Hobbyking controller/EMCs/Motors, some carbon fiber and a few 3d printed pieces should be most of it. However a good radio is $200 [Dx7] but well worth it for future projects/builds.