Aeronautical Engineering Level 3: DIY AcroNaze32 Quadcopter

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Skill Level:  Aeronautical Engineering Level 3

Badges Earned: Aeronautical Engineering Level 3

Badges Needed (before starting): Soldering Level 1 and 2 (no question). 

Description: For this quad, we’ll be using some very durable parts, including the AcroNaze32 flight controller Afro ESC Speed controllers, and some other great stuff.  Watch the attached videos for overviews and detailed instructions on how to get your quad going!

Always Fill out a Challenge Proposal: What kind of problem would your quad solve?

Design Thinking Challenge Template. 

Part 1: Overview: Watch how this all plays out. 

Part II: The Power Board

Start with soldering your power distribution board:

Part III: The Flight Controller

Soldering Your AcroNaze 32  Flight Controller

Note: Notice how he “tins” the soldering iron before he makes his soldering mount / joint. Makes almost a perfect connection. Do a little more soldering practice if you need to. If you burn this board, it becomes extremely hard to repair. 

Part IV: Connecting the ESCs to the Power Board

Next, you’ll want to solder your Afro ESC speed controllers to the power board. Make sure your positive and negatives are in the right place. They are clearly marked on the power board. You’ll have to strip the ends of the ESCs to make the connections.

Part V: Building a Frame. 

To build a quad frame, I’d do some research and look at some other home made quad frames. Take these designs in, but also think about how yours is going to be unique. You’ll need room for the Power, FC, the radio receiver- all of that can be built in. Here’s one example of a laser cut frame. You can use either the laser cutter or 3D printer.

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Photo via www.capybara.org

In designing your quad frame, you’ll want sketch things out, and you’ll want to use Corel Draw on a PC. Or Photoshop, if you’re really into that. For this, you’ll have to really get things measured down to the millimeter.

Part VI: Connecting the Radio Controller. 

Part VII: Baseflight and Connecting Your Quad. 

Resources that will help:

http://cloud.polar3d.com

www.tinkercad.com

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take pictures and video, if you can. Why? Creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done. you’ll earn the badges below!

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Aeronautical Engineering Level 2: Make a Mini Quad Copter!

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Skill Level:  Aeronautical Engineering Level 2

Badges Earned: Aeronautical Engineering Level 2

Badges Needed (before starting): Soldering Level 1

Description: Okay- let’s get moving a little further on building a mini quad copter.Your job is going to be to solder the Hubsan Quad together– but your largest challenge, will be designing a lightweight frame for it. You can use Tinkercad.com or you could build an acrylic frame using the laser cutter. It’s totally up to you. You’ll need to use Corel Draw on a PC for creating the laser cutting file.

Always Fill out a Challenge Proposal: What kind of problem would your quad solve?

Design Thinking Challenge Template. 

Part 1: 

Measure the parts and design the frame. Sketch this out using pencil and paper, to decide how small or big your frame should be. How are you going to hold the motors for the props in? How are you going to hold the PCB and battery in the quad? Make sure this is part of your design. When you’re done sketching, using www.tinkercad.com or Corel Draw, or other vector software to design your frame. Print it or cut it!

Part 2: 

Assemble your quad. Use the graphic below to see where you should solder your motor wires

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Do a little more soldering practice if you need to. If you burn this board, it becomes extremely hard to repair.

Resources that will help:

http://cloud.polar3d.com

www.tinkercad.com

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take pictures and video, if you can. Why? Creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done. you’ll earn the badges below!

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Aeronautical Engineering Level 1: Making Basic Flying Things!

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Skill Level:  Aeronautical Engineering Level 1

Badges Earned: Aeronautical Engineering Level 1

Description: To earn your Level 1 Aero Badge, you’re going to have to dig deep and make some of the most intricate paper airplanes you’ve ever tried. If you eventually want to build a quad copter, you need to understand how things fly, and the aerodynamics of flying objects. Part two asks that you design a plastic propellor toy that can be used for your own amusement.

Part 1: 

For this first part, choose three separate paper airplanes to create. You’ll mostly only need paper, a ruler, and scissors. Take pictures, and keep a record of which ones fly farther.

Go here and choose three: http://www.instructables.com/member/OrigamiAirEnforcer/?show=INSTRUCTABLES

Part 2: 

For this second part, you will need to use the 3D Printer. You’re going to re-create this plastic propellor toy using www.tinkercad.com and the 3D Printer.

Resources that will help:

http://cloud.polar3d.com

www.tinkercad.com

File Your Plan:

Always Fill out a Challenge Proposal: Design Thinking Challenge Template. 

Some tips along the way: Always document your process. Take pictures and video, if you can. Why? Creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done. you’ll earn the badges below!

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