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.

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