New direction: Heavy Lift Quad
New direction, away from inexpensive, medium power, beginner frames, in to mid priced high power, heavy lifters, medium light frame…
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Heavy Lift Multicopter
Motors: Tigermotor 3506 650kv / 99 grams per motor
ESCs: rcmanchild 30amp flashed with simonK firmware
Props: draganfly 12″ x 4.5″
Thrust: 1,200g max thrust per motor / 4800g total
Dimensions: 15″ across the front / 26″ across the body
Total weight w/o battery: 1,190g
Average flight time: 10 – 15minutes ish, and it flies like a champ! Very fast climbs, and nice balanced descents.
motors: $240 (down to $100, for off brand)
carbon fiber: $42 (down to $1, for hickory arms, cheap version)
flight controller: $22
power distribution board: $2.59
nuts and bolts: $12
esc: $76 (down to $40 for off brand )
wire protector: $1
skid rails: $2.50
I think I could get that cost down by $250, by buying in quantity, and swapping parts (particularly motors, escs, and carbon fiber).
My goal would be to sell a few then buy a maker bot, and make all the wood platforms out of abs. Then start getting funky with designs.