Think you need several hundreds of dollars to buy a drone? You can build your own drone for as little as $99. For such complicated machines, drones have very few parts and don’t take fancy engineering to build one. Here’s exactly what you need to know to build your own drone
Choose a Quadcopter Frame Design
Quadcopters are the most common type of drone — recognizable for their “X” shape with a propeller on each tip of the frame. Frames also come in tricopter (three propellers), hexacopter (six propellers), and octocopter (eight propellers) designs. Hexacopters are great for redundancy; if one motor fails you still have some stability. Since they are so large, octocopters are typically reserved for flyers looking to carry a payload.
Buy a Carbon Fiber Frame
Carbon fiber is slightly more expensive than other frame options, but it’s lightweight and durable. It will last you much longer should you keep the drone for several years. The cheapest frame option is wood, but wood warps in the rain.
Plastic is commonly used, and it’s durable. If you have a 3D printer, you can even make your own plastic frame. Aluminum frames are also used given their light weight, but they are not as durable.
If you have a few extra dollars to spare, choose carbon fiber. If money is an issue, the next best option is plastic. Wood should only be used for beginner drones that you expect to be replaced.
The Martain II 220 mm and Lisam 210 mm are two quality carbon fiber frames at affordable prices. Continue reading How to build your own drone for $99