Quadcopter DIY Project

Quadcopters and Multirotors always fascinated us at KakiDIY. From our first off the shelf China made Quadcopter (WLToys V303) to the more advanced DJI Phantom 2 complete with FPV and Gimbal, we were trying to get more from the quadcopter and so we started to build our own.

Our very first Quad that we built from scratch was just a small X250 frame quad. Bought the kit from BangGood.com – http://www.banggood.com/X240-Mini-Quadcopter-With-CC3D-Flight-Controller-p-954482.html 

Here are the parts that were included in this kit.

Mini Frame:
Weight: 78g
Material: Glass Fiber
Upper Board: 1.0mm
Lower Board: 1.5mm
Wheelbase: 240mm
Brand Name: XXD
KV: 2200
Size: Φ18mm x 17.5mm (Not included shaft)
Weight: 16.1g/0.57oz
Output Shaft Diameter: Φ2mm
Output Shaft Length: 8mm
Internal resistance: 0.52 Ω
Maximum Efficiency Current: 2A to 6A, >70%
Maximum Operating Current: 8.5A
IO: 0.5A/10V

Brand Name: Hobbywing
Input:2-3S Lipo
Persistent Current:10A
Instantaneous Current: 15A(10 second)
Size: 36.5*16.4*4.1mm
Weight: 6.5g
BEC Output: None
Plug: 2.0mm Banana Plug
Programmable Item: TimingHigh/Intermediate)
 CC3D CopterControl Hardware Features:
Powerful STM32 32-bit microcontroller running at 90MIPs with 128KB Flash and 20KB RAM.
3-axis high-performance MEMs gyros and 3-axis high-performance MEMs accelerometer.
Tiny 36mmx36mm 4 layer PCB for superior electrical noise reduction and flight performance.
Software support for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Direct high speed USB support with no drivers required, a truly plug and play device.
Spektrum satellite receiver support.
Futaba S-BUS hardware support.
Innovative Flexi-port technology for superior port flexibility.
4Mbits on-board EEPROM for configuration storage.

It was a decent kit and I had fun building it. Here are the timelapse video of me setting up the frame itself.

and after that, here’s the timelapse of setting the entire quad up and test flight.

We are certainly building more quads and hex.

(Updated May 2015 : We completed building autonomous 450 size Quadcopter and a 550 sized Hexacopter. Mostly for RnD on autonomous flights and missions)