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!
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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.
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:
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.
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