Build Your Own Quadcopter

Everything you need to know to start building your own multicopters. This is a hands-on class in which, by the end of the class, you will have built your own Arduino-based RC quadcopter. No programming experience is necessary. Some soldering experience would be helpful but is not required. The price of the class includes all of the parts to build your quadcopter, but students will need to provide their own 6 or more channel RC transmitter and receiver and preferably their own LiPo battery. If you want to take this class and would like help choosing this equipment, please feel free to contact the instructor.

Please bring your own laptop.

For information on what to buy please checkout my blog post Getting Ready to Build Your Own Quadcopter

* Fee Notes: Incudes fee to build and take with you a quadcopter. Read description for more info.


photosbyduke - Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10:56 p.m.

I already own an RTF 350 QX but would like to expand my realm beyond what the 350 offers. I would like to build a QUAD with the following specifications: FPV w/FatShark, Auto-pilot with multiple way points, Gimble mount for GoPro Hero 3+. Is the class structured to help me build this type of setup?

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synapticnoise - Friday, March 7, 2014 at 4:15 p.m.

The intent of the class is to provide show you how to build your own quadcopter. My intent is that when students leave, they have the knowledge to repair, modify, tweak the copter they built and have a starting point for building/designing their own multicopter.

The quad we are building in the class is based on an entry-level MultiWii board. It's possible to add a GPS to it but it really doesn't support multiple waypoints very well. You could easily upgrade the flight controller board to something more capable and have multiple waypoints.

As for a GoPro, gimbal and FPV - My own quadcopter started out as the same one we build in the class and I have a Tarot T-2D gimbal, Hero3 and now an FPV setup on it.

In short - the quad we build, as is, won't do what you want, but I think you'll have the knowledge to get it there yourself after taking the class. And I'd be glad to help you with that project should you decide to. Feel free to contact me ( if you want to discuss this further.

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photosbyduke - Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:16 p.m.

Thanks for the follow up response. Please put me on the "wait list" for the next available class. BTW: sorry for the multiple repeat post. The system kept sending error messages and timing out.

Regards, Bill

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hammocktester - Monday, March 16, 2015 at 10:28 a.m.

What kind of flight time does the battery provide? Can you purchase a bigger battery?

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