Have you ever wanted to start building a DIY quadcopter and you didn’t know from where to start? You can start from this article and try to build a simple quadcopter. To build a DIY quadcopter you have to combine hardware and software skills, and for more inspiration you can explore all these five examples described in this article and start building your first DIY quadcopters with different features and functionality.
Doing research to learn how to build a quadcopter is a time-consuming task and pretty boring. This is one of the reasons that I write this article with simple, cheap, customizable and different multicopters.
A quadcopter has a unique design that can be comparable to traditional helicopters, but with improved characteristics for stabilization. DIY quadcopters is a popular building method where can be included the 3D printing process, kits, or just purchasing the components from several stores.
Depending on budget, you can choose to start one of these projects that falling in several hundred dollars. Using plug-and-play methods, these projects can be done at home by beginners with a minimum level of knowledge in programming and electronics.
A quadcopter is ideal for several tasks including here aerial photography, surveillance, or research, and is a good chance to learn about both construction and control of multicopters.
In this article, I explore five examples where the components are purchased, while in another article, I made a presentation of printable drones that can be built at home using a 3D printer.
Comprehensive guide with simple quadcopter intended to be built by beginners with electronic skills.
With skills like basic soldering and electronic knowledge, Chris Schroeder demonstrates you step by step how to build from scratch a quadcopter. The guide is intended for beginners users with plug-and-play construction and simple programming code.
All components are purchased from Internet, while for programming was used a flight control board and programming card where values were set for the brushless Electronic Speed Controller (ESC).
Below is an impressive list with the parts needed to build the quadcopter, but without extra staff needed to include.
- Frame: Turnigy Talon Carbon Fiber Quadcopter Frame;
- Motors: Turnigy L2210A-1650 Brushless Motor;
- Electronic Speed Controllers: 25amp Speed Controller;
- Flight Controller: Hobbyking KK2.0 Multi-rotor LCD Flight Control Board;
- Propellers: 10×4.5 SF Props 2pc Standard Rotation/2 pc RH Rotation (Black);
- Transmitter/Receiver: Turnigy 6X FHSS 2.4ghz Transmitter and Reciever (Mode 1);
- Programming: BESC Programming Card;
- Straps: VELCRO U.S.A. INC 3/4-Inch 12-Feet;
- Power Distribution Board: Hobby King Quadcopter Power Distribution Board;
- Bullet Connectors: 3.5mm Bullet Connectors – 10 Pairs;
- Wire: Wire 16AWG (1mtr);
- Servo Leads: Male to Male Servo Lead;
- Battery: 2200mAh 3S 20C Lipo Pack or you can try with Venom 20C 3S 2100mAh;
- Battery Charger: Turnigy Accucel-6 50W 6A Balancer;
Simple guide that teaches you how to build a simple, cheap and speedy quadcopter.
Basic QuadCopter is another guide for beginners aiming to learn you how to build a simple and cheap quadcopter. These flying robots can be designed with short arms or with longer arms for propeller protection.
Build instructions from this guide are available for the case when you build a quadcopter X style. With few changes all these instructions can be used for building a quadcopter + style.
- Frame: aluminum tubing, 4 x 265 mm lengths;
- Main shaft: Align T-REX 450;
- Motors: KDA 20-22L 924KV;
- Electronic Speed Controllers: SS Series 18-20A ESC;
- Propellers: APC 10×4.7SFP;
- Transmitter/Receiver: Spektrum AR5200;
- Battery: 25C 2200mAh;
Very detailed tutorials that teach you how to build a quadcopter from scratch and how to add additional components.
In terms of resources, sometimes is hard to find in one place all you need to build a simple quadcopter. A series of tutorials is trying to contradict what we said, and we have to admit that they provide all necessary information that you need to build a DIY quadcopter from scratch. Split by topics, these tutorials explain in details how to choose parts, how to design the circuits, how to programming, and how to test the quadcopter.
All essential components of a quadcopter are explained and teach you how to design for various cases. Also, below I made a list with some of the components used in this project and link these (where is necessary) by a store from where can be purchased. All these components can be replaced with similar components.
- Frame: aluminium square rails;
- Rotors: Exceed RC Alpha 400 (3500kv);
- Propeller: 10×4.5 EPP1045;
- Electronic Speed Controller: TURNIGY Plush 40amp Speed Controller;
- Battery: Zippy 20C 2S 4000mAh;
- Sensors: 9 Degrees of Freedom – Sensor Stick;
- Microcontroller: OpenPilot CopterControl Platform;
Tutorials that show you how to build a simple, cheap, and customizable quadcopter.
Great things can be built easily and with a small amount of money. From this guide you can learn all the steps of building a cheap quadcopter and how to add new features to the project like GoPro camera.
The guide is split in five parts including here the first part where are presented the components, second part that teaching you how to build the quadcopter, the third part contain information to set up the transmitter, the fourth part of the guide is for optimization, while the last part show you how to attach a GoPro camera to the quadcopter.
The final result of this project is a solid quadcopter that flies well and can be customized with different equipment. Below I made a list with general components that can be found in these tutorials.
- Frame: Turnigy H.A.L. (Heavy Aerial Lift) Quadcopter Frame 585mm;
- Motors: D2830-11 1000kv;
- Electronic Speed Controllers: Multistar 30 Amp Multi-rotor Brushless ESC 2-4S;
- Flight Controller: KK2.0 Multi-rotor LCD Flight Control Board;
- Propellers: Fly Electric Prop 9047R;
- Transmitter/Receiver: Hobby King 2.4Ghz 4Ch Tx & Rx V2;
- Battery:Zippy 400mAh Lipo;
Based on DIY method of building, this guide teaches you how to build a simple, robust, and very cheap quadcopter.
Building the quadcopter described in this tutorial could be a good exercise to test your hardware and software skills. As well as other projects presented in this article, this quadcopter is inexpensive even is built from durable materials and uses a powerful atmega328 microcontroller.
Very well documented, in this guide you can find proper information to assemble the frame, attach the motors, add the propellers, add the battery, controller and wiring all components.
In the following, I made a list with the main components of the project and I add the source from where you can purchase these.
- Frame: F330 Glass Fiber Mini Quadcopter Frame 330mm;
- Motors: Aerodrive SK3 – 2826-1130kv;
- Electronic Speed Controllers: Multistar 15 Amp Multi-rotor Brushless ESC 2-3S;
- Flight Controller: MultiWii 328P Flight Controller w/FTDI & DSM2 Port;
- Propellers: 8045 SF Props 2pc Standard Rotation/2 pc RH Rotation;
- Transmitter/Receiver: XBee Wireless Series 1 Starter Kit;
- Sensor: Triple Axis Accelerometer&Gyro Breakout MPU-6050;
- Power distribution board: Hobby King Quadcopter Power Distribution Boar;
- Battery: ZIPPY Compact 1800mAh 3S 25C Lipo Pack;
This article was last modified on 18 February 2014.