The world of 3D printing is definitely a fun one, full of endless creativity and innovation. In my opinion, some of the best things (for now) to ever come out of 3D printers are DIY drones. Nothing feels better than putting hours of hard work into a project and finally being able to fly your creation, just like a pilot! Here at 3DPI, we took the liberty of tracking down some of the best drones on the Internet from function to design. Check out the amazing list below!
1. Millennium Falcon
Let’s start off with a classic. Straight from the Star Wars galaxy, you can now fly your very own Millennium Falcon. The thin 0.5mm frame allows for optimum flexibility upon impact. This simple frame is designed to attach directly onto a store-bought drone. Watch the Millennium Falcon drone in action in the video below and visit My Mini Factory to learn more.
2. Game of Drones Sumo Quad
Aptly named for its unbeatable toughness, this drone has proven to be able to take a couple beatings. The Sumo Quad is an FPV drone designed with security and durability in mind, all in one sleek package. The drone can be assembled using adhesive foam, glue and a few Nylock nuts to ensure durability. Visit Thingiverse to check out the Sumo Quad.
3. Ceres Galliot MicroQuad
Modeled after the Ceres Galliot from the video game Destiny, the Ceres Galliot MicroQuad is 110mm in size. Available with 7mm or 8mm motors and with or without FPV, and can hold a Micro Scisky FC, a 600TVL camera and the TX (FX-758-2) all in the frame. The drone is also very stable and durable, perfect for combat! Visit My Mini Factory to learn more about the Ceres Galliot MicroQuad.
4. Hovership Foldable Mini H-Quadcopter
Perfect for the pilot on the go, the Hovership Mini H-Quad is a compact, precise machine. Its durable and miniature design, featuring contractible arms and a vibration isolated layer for the camera, allow for controlled flights at many altitudes. Watch the video below and see the precision for yourself. The Hovership Mini H-Quad is available on Thingiverse.
5. Arkadia Quadcopter
The Arkadia is a fairly customizable drone, perfect for pilots looking to expand their collection or beginners just getting into the field. Also boasting a durable but compact frame, the 180mm Arkadia has been upgraded to hold a GoPro mount and can hold 1806 motors and smaller. Go to My Mini Factory to learn more about the Arkadia Quadcopter.
6. Anisoptera Racer
For the speed racer in all of us, the Anisoptera Racer is the perfect highspeed drone to help you race past all the competition. With a focus on simplicity, the Anisoptera Racer was designed to be easily 3D printable so that everyone can have access to speed. Watch the video of the Anisoptera Racer in action below and head over to Thingiverse to learn more.
7. Talon X1
Airwolf 3D has introduced an educational and effective way to introduce students and beginners to 3D printing and drones. Developed to be used with STEM curriculum, the Talon X1 will help students gain crucial skills in various aspects of technology and design. The 250mm quadcopter is currently being sold as a package in which students can print and assemble the drone from scratch. Watch below as two students demonstrate the Talon X1’s exceptional capabilities. To learn more about the innovative Talon X1, visit airwolf3d.com.
8. Pixxy Pocket Drone
When it was released in March 2014, The Pixxy Pocket Drone was the smallest 3D Printed FPV/UAV platform ever available for public use. Weighing in at only 40g, this tiny drone fits in the palm of your hand and is perfect for flying through narrow spaces. Designed with convenience, safety, and efficiency in mind, the Pocket Drone can be flown indoors and outdoors. Watch the action below and visit Thingverse to learn more about the Pixxy Pocket Drone.
9. Voxel8 Quadcopter
A small high-tech materials firm based in Summerville, Massachusetts called Voxel8 has produced a drone, including its circuitry, all through the wonders of 3D printing. The company is believed to have built the first 3D electronics printer, adding an entirely new level to the 3D printing industry. The drone and its circuitry were designed using Autodesk’s Project Wire, a design software developed specifically for 3D electronic printing. With new technologies like Voxel8’s drone, the possibilities of 3D printing are endless! Learn more about Voxel8 and the Quadcopter on Mashable.
10. Arrow 270
Arrow Drone has introduced one of the fastest racing drones on the market. Topping out at 150 km/hr, the Arrow 270 is a game-changer. It features an autopilot function and is highly customizable. This drone is perfect for beginners and advanced pilots alike. Visit 3ders.com to learn more about the Arrow 270 as well as other cool gadgets from Arrow Drone.
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