In the Beginning…
This is the project that started it all, and the main reason I started these projects is that quadcopter frame designs are, for the most part, horribly inefficient. I can’t exactly say what the goal should be when it comes to quadcopter frame design, so I decided to start experimenting. One aspect was obvious to me from the beginning: flat motor arms defy absolutely all engineering reason.
This is the first design that clicked in my head in late 2015. It was created using parts from 2 Diatone Blade 250 kits (fiberglass). Due to the oncoming winter, not much progress was made other than trying out different arms and building methods. The main concepts here were:
- Angled arms to reduce air resistance (arms are no longer perpendicular to the thrust)
- Angled motors (helps to improve upon concept 1)
- Wedge shaped body to reduce air resistance at high pitch angles
The frame didn’t last long since I was already making improvements on the design and building the next iteration. However, I did get a chance to fly it a few times.