Have you ever wanted to build your own DIY but felt like you lacked the specialized hardware? Maybe you realized “hey I don’t own a laser cutter” and “weird, I don’t own a 3d printer either.” If that sounds like you, then this next DIY drone from instructables should be perfect.
A few months back, my friend, Kevin, came up with the brilliant idea of melding the art of papercraft with his newfound interest in quadcopters. Naturally, being an engineer myself, I quickly fell into the rabbit-hole that is the multirotor hobby and together we began developing paper frames for our small micro-scale quads.
The basic idea went something like this: After flying the factory-built quads for a while, we began to get curious about altering the configuration — what would longer arms do? What if we flipped some motors upside down and ran them backwards? What if we made a long and narrow quad? Short and wide? We figured that folding up some paper and gluing it together would be a great way to test these different configurations quickly and cheaply.
After some tinkering, we thought that this could actually become a great activity for kids of all ages (including distinctly adult-looking ones) — it’s inexpensive, offers endless possibilities for customization, and is incredibly fun! What’s more, if the quadcopter crashes and breaks, you aren’t dead in the water — just recycle the old frame, print out a new one and you’re off to the races again