We’re always on the look out for amazing DIY projects that relate to 3D printing. Just the other day a new tri-copter design was posted on Flitetest.com by rocketman1092 which really caught my eyes. Then moments later it also appeared on thingiverse, so naturally we had to start making this right away.
Material & Slicing
The choice of material was easy. We needed something that was tough and resistant to heat so we decided on our XT 3D printing filament. All parts were printed on a Makerbot Rep
licator 2, with buildTak build plate. The buildTak plate allows you to print XT (with almost nog warping) without a heated build platform. For small parts one must use a slicer profile with cooling, but for larger parts it’s better to disable cooling so parts won’t start warping.
Makerbot Replicator 2 slicer profiles for XT filament:
The 3D printed parts showed excellent layer adhesion using these settings, so they should be able to take a beating. Printing all the parts took roughly 12-14 hours, therefore making spare parts shouldn’t take too long.
Next step is of course buying the parts that we need to make this thing fly. Our tri-copter will have the following set-up
Naze 32 Acro
Mini DVR 808 #16 Lens D