3/23/16

Ascent Aerosystems Sprite - 1/4th scale 3d printed mockup


Since I discovered it, I've been eagerly awaiting the ship date of the Ascent Aerosystems Sprite drone. It's a coaxial, ruggedized, waterproof drone meant for backpackers. In fact, in early development it appears it was called the "backpacker drone". 
It's a pretty unique little drone, and I'm looking forward to it shipping. In the mean time, Ascent Aerosystems has made a small mockup of the Sprite available for download on thingiverse. I had most of the right colors on hand, so I decided to take a crack at it!
 The printing went smoothly, for the most part. The files provided were a little goofed up - I take it someone saved the files partially in millimeters, and partially in inches, leaving a bunch of tiny parts on the build plate and one adequately sized part.
If you'd like to scale them yourselves, just scale up the tiny parts by 25.4 (1 inch = 25.4mm). Due to the licensing, Thingiverse won't let me upload a derivative model with the appropriately sized parts... I did email my scaled STLs to Ascent Aerosystems, in hopes they would update their model on Thingiverse. Fingers crossed.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with my printed model. It comes out to about 7.5" tall, and the rotors can actually be moved. I wish I had printed the blades on their leading edge, however. Printing them with the bottom side down led to quite a bit of nasty scarring and debris from support material removal.

3/16/16

First Fully Autonomous Mission - 3DR Iris+

After a few years in the making, I finally got around to flying my first autonomous mission on my 3DR Iris+. Check the video below!

I was pleased by how easy the whole thing was, Tower is a great piece of software. Subscribe and check back for more missions like this!

3/13/16

The "Bandito" - Lumenier QAV180 teaser

 I've just finally gotten this little sucker in the air: The "Bandito", a custom Lumenier 180.
I've got a build video in the works, which should appear sometime after I get some flight video of this little bugger.

The 3d printed mount for the Runcam Owl (visible in the front of the drone) is available for free HERE - If you have a 3d printer, the files are free for you to print for your own personal use. If you don't have access to a printer, for a couple bucks you can get one printed via Shapeways.

Thanks for looking!