Should I Build A Custom Fiber Drone Frame?

Should I Build A Custom Fiber Drone Frame?

So, you discovered that you love building stuff and have a passion for heights and speed, and are looking into ways to exploit your abilities to the max. Then First Person View (FPV) drones might be your thing.

FVP was kind of an exclusive hobby that only a few people with a deep engineering background could pull off. However, with the advent of smaller, lighter and cheaper components, FPV is now within reach for hobbyists from all walks of life.

FPV is an amazing flying experience that allows you to explore the world in ways you never thought possible. It also leads a lot of people into other incredibly satisfying past times. Freestyle flying is perfect for those who like to explore their environment or learn how to do fun tricks and post them online. Aerial photography is now exploding with tons of clients and venues requesting aerial or zenithal mementos of events, realtors who want to show their properties in unique ways, and filmmakers who now find it easier to get the perfect take without the need for costly cranes or dollies. Lastly, we have FPV racing, which requires a more competitive state of mind as you need to combine high-performance components and materials, with ultra-precise hand-eye coordination to find the best line in an intricate drone race track.

As it happens with most activities and hobbies, you need specific drone configurations for your specific inclinations. And the best way to make sure you end up with the right multirotor flyer for the job is to build a custom fiber drone frame and equip it with the components you need.

Carbon fiber has proven to be the best material for flyers as it is extremely light and rigid, providing added resistance and support. Quadcopter frames made of carbon fiber are incredibly popular and can be made out of a single carbon fiber sheet provided you have a simple 2-axis computer numerical control (CNC) machine.

Think of your custom fiber drone frame as an exoskeleton for your multirotor. A quadcopter frame should be as rugged as possible without adding excessive weight that hinders your flying experience.

If you worry about the design aspects of frame crafting, there are plenty of free custom quadcopter frame designs available online. The FVP community is really strong, and most pilots and builders love sharing their unique designs for others to try. However, with a bit of practice, you can start designing simple custom fiber drone frames with accurately positioned mounting holes for efficient weight distribution and wire management. When cutting, remember to keep carbon fiber thread weave directionality in mind: carbon fiber strength differs depending on the weave direction.

If you build your own 5” carbon fiber frame, you will have saved close to 50% of the cost of a fully functioning drone. That’s why most pilots prefer machining their own quadcopter frames and start from there.

Get in touch with Protech Composites, and get feather-light, granite-strong, high-quality carbon fiber sheets and panels for your quadcopter frame, and start building your high-performance FPV drone today!