Quadcopter Build Goes 3D
July 23, 2013
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3d Printed ESC Mounts
A few weeks ago I picked up a Cube 3D printer. A relatively cheap low end 3D printer stocked by Staples.com. After a few days of testing and setup I printed my first set of functional objects.
Using Solidworks 2013 I designed a simple but effective mount with two connecting rectangles. One for the quad’s arm and one for the ESC. Then on the perpendicular plain a mounting hole was added.
3D printed ESC Mounts
The Solidworks file was saved as an .stl, loaded into the Cubify software, configured, and finally a file was print ready. Each part took about 32 minutes to print and they came out identical! The parts are super light, weighing in at about 15 grams each. If you are interested in the stl file I have uploaded it to Thingiverse.
Power tools are FUN!
Next up the mount was placed on the arm with the ECS firmly in place. A quick measurement from center, the mounting hole drilled, a bold threaded in for safe keeping and the mount was on!
Wiring up the power distribution board
I then drilled small holes for the ESC power and servo leads. The power leads were the perfect length, aligning with the distribution board without excess slack.
All four mounted up!
Now with all of the frame build, RotorBones attached, motors and electronics mounted all that is left is a little wiring and Ardupilot programming. Then test flights! With any luck this little guy will be up in the air next weekend!
Follow the full build process from the beginning: