Have you ever wanted to build a homemade quadcopter and you didn’t know from where to start? Now you know. 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 to feed your inspiration, you can explore the examples described in this article and build 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 your budget, you can choose to build 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 programming and electronics skills.
A quadcopter is ideal for several tasks including here aerial photography, surveillance, or research, and is a good chance to learn about construction and how to control a multicopter.
Below I explore five DIY quadcopters that can be built at home.
Comprehensive guide to build from scratch by a beginner having only electronics skills a simple quadcopter.
With skills like basic soldering and electronics, Chris Schroeder shows you step by step how to build from scratch a quadcopter. The guide is intended for beginner users having a plug-and-play construction system and using a simple programming code.
All components are purchased from online stores, while for programming the designer used a flight control board and a 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 a simple guide for a beginner where is explained how a simple and cheap quadcopter can be built. The flying robot can be designed with short arms or with longer arms for propeller protection.
All the instructions are available in both cases: when you build a quadcopter in X style or the + 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 tutorial where you can learn 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 flying robot. But these comprehensive tutorials can be what you want.
Chapter after chapter, this series of tutorials explain in details how to choose parts, how to design the circuits, how to program and how to test the quadcopter.
All the essential components of a quadcopter are explained in order to understand how to use it in various cases.
- 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;
A series of tutorials from where you can learn how to build a simple, cheap and customizable quadcopter.
Great things can be built easily and with a small amount of money. In this guide you can find all the steps to build a cheap quadcopter and information 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 teach you how to build the quadcopter, the third part that contains information about how to set up the transmitter, the fourth part of the guide is for optimization, while the last part shows 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;
This guide shows you how to build at home a simple, robust, and very cheap quadcopter.
Building the quadcopter explored in this guide could be a good exercise to test your hardware and software skills. Like many other projects from this article, this quadcopter is inexpensive even it is built from durable materials and has attached a powerful atmega328 microcontroller.
Very well documented, this guide provides you step by step the proper information to assemble the frame, attach the motors, propellers, battery, controller and shows you how to wire the components.
- 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 07 January 2015.