Coming off the heels of their Parrot drone contest, MyMiniFactory has now opened up a completely 3D printable drone for free download. The IRIS+, designed by 3DRobotics, can be downloaded for 3D printing at home so that, once users purchase the necessary electronics, they can assemble the drone and begin flying.
While 3DR sells drones and accessories already, this is the company’s first open source, 3D printable drone. With the #makethedroneyourown campaign, 3DR hopes to encourage innovation in the drone space as users embellish parts of the IRIS+ with 3D printing. To fulfill its principals of “guaranteed printable”, the MyMiniFactory team 3D printed the drone to determine the best settings. The result saw them 3D printing the IRIS+ in PLA with 10% infill for about seven hours.
The MMF community has already begun work on 3D printing accessories for the IRIS+, including an extended landing gear, a mounting bracket for a 3-axis gimbel, and a FPV camera and transmitter mount. Because the drone is open source, I can only imagine what else they’ll be doing to make the IRIS+ even better.