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One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. – Quadcopter build continued

Finished Quardcopter Airframe

Finished Quardcopter Airframe

Late last week (before the F22 CAD craziness) I continued the build of the new quad. It went fairly straight forward and smoothly. I used an old CD case as a base of the build. Scavenging old hardware and spare parts I added no cost the build. The airframe build time came in just under 2 hours.

CD Case to house all the electronics and Ardupilot

Discarded CD case to house all the electronics and Ardupilot

First round of bolts and everything is rock solid.

A motor mount made a great lower brace

A motor mount made a great lower brace

A big part of the DIY ethnology is reusing old stuff in new and innovative ways. It much like the old saying: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. 

The power distribution board on the lower level

The power distribution board on the lower level

With the board centrally mounted there is still a ton of room to run the motor, ESC, and battery leads. But this if going to require a bit of cutting through the deck of the CD case.

Ardupilot and RX on the upper level

Ardupilot and RX on the upper level

I am really happy with the outcome. The CD case turned out to be a great clean compact base to build upon. I still need to come up with an anti-vibration solution for the Ardupilot. Please post any ideas in the comments below.

Everything fits under the CD case lid

Everything fits under the CD case lid

Looking good!

Looking good!

Next up is all the wiring of motors and ESCs. With any luck the first flight will be only a week or two away 🙂 The real question will be will it lift my GoPro?!?

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15 responses to “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. – Quadcopter build continued

  1. Samuel June 7, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Can you use an adhesive to hold up whatever you want to hold up, cept, the adhesive has the consistency of a gloopy jelly to absorb vibrations?

  2. Thomas June 7, 2013 at 2:53 am

    An idea for mounting you FC: Use 4 rubber bands, each through a hole on the board an then stretch them to you four screws. Not very pretty but works great and pretty cheap 🙂

  3. Mark June 7, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Anti-vibration solution for an Arducopter board? Sell it and buy a DJI Naza.

  4. wildman939 June 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    cd case is awesome. I used it and survied a few crashes. Nice blog 😉

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