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Drone building

  1. Oct 11, 2016 #1
    I am planning to make a drone in near time. I have absolutely zero pre-requisite knowledge of the technical stuff and drone designs. I am going to start with a basic drone. Can somebody help me out as to how many types of drones are there, where should I commence etc?
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  3. Oct 11, 2016 #2


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    It all depends on what you're hoping to achieve. The main factors will be requisite payload and size, flight controller capabilities, and budget. I would recommend a kit for a start, which would give all of the parts required to build one from scratch.

    Separately, you should also consider purchasing an inexpensive drone (max $40) from Amazon to practice your flight skills. You'll crash a lot when you first start, it's easier when you're crashing a cheap one first...
  4. Oct 12, 2016 #3
    I asked one of my teachers to help me out, and he said that which kind of a drone you want to build? Propeller based.. etc
    Are there any different types of drones too?
  5. Oct 12, 2016 #4


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    Most drones (multi-rotor) are prebuilt. For specialized drones, you can buy components, frame, motors, propellers, controller, ... from drone component suppliers. As suggested for your first drone, you should buy a cheap drone that includes a self-stability mode.
  6. Oct 12, 2016 #5
    Can someone please mention a list of all the basic components I'll be needing. I'd be most certainly glad.
  7. Oct 12, 2016 #6


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    Probably not, as the components you need depend on what you want to do with the drone. Obviously you'll need an air-frame, engines, and a way to control it. If you want to get any more specific than that you'll need to decide what you want to do with it. A tiny drone designed for indoors use will be very different from one designed to follow along behind a snowboarder, filming him as he rushes down a mountain slope.

    As you say you are completely new to drones, I suggest purchasing a 'Drones for Dummies' book or equivalent. That should give you a good general overview of drones. Until you learn at least some of the basics it's pointless to ask for a list of components.
  8. Oct 12, 2016 #7


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    For the basics you're going to need:
    • Frame
    • Motors
    • Motor Speed Controllers
    • Props
    • Flight Controller
    • Battery
    • Assorted wiring, mounting brackets
    You really ought to spend 3 minutes and just do a basic search on "how to build a drone," There are tons of resources out there. As before, I recommend you start with an inexpensive ready-to-fly model to learn the flight basics and crash a few times, and then either buy a pre-built kit or a kit with all of the parts necessary.

    Someone new to the area shouldn't try building one from scratch, you don't even know what kind of components you want yet!
  9. Oct 12, 2016 #8
    Thank you for the wise words. Thank you everyone :)
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