due to the fact Germany is in a kind of lock down I took some time to work again on the fully printable frame design.
This is one of the less options available to pack the needed modules in an ultra tiny 135mm formfactor. there is not much space left and this is not a final stage but could be a base for the next prototype. I will see…
You are looking for the holy milkcow? Maybe the following is something for you…
- around 135mm motor distance (pocket size formfactor)
- 3inch quad
- 1080p recording video without frameparts or props in view
- lightweight below 250gr
- efficient with long flight times up to 8min
- snappy for racing and freestyle
- fully 3D printable!!!
I´m working on this design since early 2018. 3D printing offers a lot of new ways to design things but brings a lot of challenges, too. I´m in the lucky situation to have access to a capable 3D printer and a lot of different filament materials to play around.
The design I came up with is different than any others, but I have to admit that there are more and more similar designs popping up. That´s why I decided to start a new mockup here. This will be the successor of my super135 design posted earlier @ rotorbuilds. There are a lot of open questions to move the super135 to a fully printable frame. Nobody wants to mess around with vibration issues, flimsy designs, props or frameparts in the view of the recording cam, battery under the frame, short flight times and the FAA or similar/other local regulations.
This is not a x-style or h-style frame and even in the same weight limit as a cinewhoop it stands out with the possibilities – this is something different and sets a new category . Same is applicable for the earlier introduced super135 but this one needs carbon and a CNC mill. This is a redesign of the super135 which has also an outer „teardrop“-frame to provide as much safety to the internals and motors as possible in case of crashes. A crash in this category can cause a huge destruction derby for the internal components as well as for the batteries. I´m trying constantly to get the best out of the tech and optimize my designs to make it more durable, stiff and offer more options and safety.
Hope you enjoy and let´s the discussion begin.
FPV flying is soo much fun. But what is the most pain in the ass with this hobby?
Yes, the maintenance. I know this increases with every crash your knowledge curve exponentially but for theses kind of pilots which want to fly it´s disappointing.
So in basically every technical instruction the engineers are asked to decrease the maintenance. in the EU there are even rules and regulations for this.
There are only few tech sectors who are not willing or able to do so and this includes smartphones and the cars. These two sectors go exactly the different ways.
This causes me headache for quite some time. The super 135 has everything you need of a small 3 inch quad. but what is if you have to exchange a motor or a cable? Maintenance at these tiny quads will make you upset. Everything is super tiny and squeezed to a minimum to stay below the 250gr line. BTW there are not that much setups yet in this class but the amount will increase mid of next year when the EU pushes new drone regulations and vendors realize to jump on the horse.
I know regional weight regulations have huge impact on the whole drone market and therefore I try to find a solution to separate the electronics easily (in the best case without tools) from the frame so you are able to have a full set of electronics in a kind of cocoon and connect this only to the rugged frame.
I have some nice concepts and I hopefully have a solution for this soon.