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June 16, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 1:31pm

How to make a drone

The basic guide for a DIY flying gadget.


If you are looking to build a drone, you will quickly find yourself looking at aviation basics such as mechanics, propulsion, frame setups and so on.

CBR helps you to build a small quadcopter.


1. What to go for

Before going out there buying the pieces for your drone, you need to do as much research as possible and decide on important things such as the frame and size of the overall gadget.

When it comes to multi-rotors, for example, there are many different options available in the market. There are quadcopter frames, tricopter, hexacopter and octocopter.

Quadcpoter frame setups are usually the one to go for as most flight controllers are ready to operate such system.

For the main frame of the drone, you will need a steady material. This can be a printed circuit board (PCB) (apart from smaller drones, this board is simple to be used as a frame due to its solid characteristics), carbon fiber, plastic, wood, or aluminium. The side of the frame will depend on how big you want the device to be.

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Next up you will have to look at the propellers. These can be made of different materials (like plastic, carbon fiber, wood, etc) and there are two types: Clockwise (CW) propellers and counter clockwise (CCW) propellers.

Batteries, flight controllers, electronic speed controllers, and so on, are other areas you will need to be looking at.

Click next to see the shopping list.

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