Quadcopter and Multirotor Intro Build Class (Limited Space)

This class is a hands-on introduction to multirotors and we will be assembling and flying your quadcopter or hexacopter of choice. Please visit http://ctrl.me/Quadcopters-101 for brief intro to quadcopters.

The goal of this class is to familiarize you with multirotors and build your first quadcopter or hexacopter. Past attendees have averaged 1.5 class to finish their project, but a few individuals have managed to fly their quadcopter at the end of their first class.

Things we will cover:

  • Basic Principles
  • Individual Component Function
  • Complete Assembly
  • Controller Configuration
  • Testing and Troubleshooting


We will be focused on the following kits, but feel free to bring other kits you already have and we will be happy to help if we are able to. These kits are fundamentally very similar.

  • F330 ARF Kit, Great starter quadcopter that is powerful enough to carry a small camera and GPS. (http://ctrl.me/DJI-F330-ARF-Kit)
  • F450 ARF Kit, This quadcopter is a little larger than the F330, which results in higher payload carrying capabilities. You can easily mount a GPS and a GoPro or similar size camera to this model. Can also be used for FPV. (http://ctrl.me/DJI-F450-ARF-Kit)
  • F550 ARF Kit, Hexacopter with enough power to carry a small DSLR, GPS and even FPV equipment. Recommended for individuals who aim to use their multirotor for serious aerial photography. (http://ctrl.me/DJI-F550-ARF-KIT)

You will in addition also need a controller, battery, charger and transmitter/receiver combo.

We recommend the following additional parts as a good place to start.

  1. Quadrino Controller, Inexpensive controller based upon the Arduino. It will require a little more setup and adjusting than the DJI Controllers, but is also almost half the price. (http://ctrl.me/Quadrino-V1E)
  2. 3300mAh 3s battery (http://ctrl.me/RC-Quadcopter-LiPo-Battery/3300mAh-3S-battery)
  3. Turnigy 9x, Not the most accurate transmitter on the market, but by far the best value. We do not recommend that you spend $200-$500 on a transmitter unless you are sure this hobby is for you. (http://ctrl.me/Turnigy-9x)

Kits and parts can be purchased online at www.ctrl.me and all LA Robotics Members receive 10% off Multirotor Kits with the coupon: Meetup

Please make sure that you choose "PICKUP" if you wish to use the coupon and contact me if you run into any issues or have any questions.

There is absolutely no requirement that you purchase kits and parts from www.ctrl.me, but we do appreciate your support.

Signup Fee: The nominal $2 fee goes to LA Robotics Club and due to limited space, simply a way to ensure that people are committed to attending the class.

Tools: We have all the tools necessary, but please bring your own soldering iron if you have one. Let's build some quadcopters!

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  • Scott K.

    Simon, I think I found appropriate batteries for the T-Smart practice quad. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CF96PEO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2LTE4LXLJOWJG

    Boy, do I need the practice. Do you have a suggestion on an appropriate LiPo charger? I'm interested in something that can charge more than one at a time. Do you sell such things that would be appropriate for this 1S and the upcoming need for 3S/4S charging?

    Also. I am reminded that I still owe you $6.00 for that board that will allow me to connect either 3s/4s to the 450.

    September 2, 2013

  • Scott K.

    Excellent introduction. Simon is extremely helpful and knowledgable. Really great this takes place where you can learn about quadcopters and then buy what you need. Really helpful that the tools, workspace, and know-how is provided.

    September 2, 2013

  • daniel

    Hello
    Do we have to buy the kits or at least to have kits for this Meet up ? or are you guys will provide one , so we can at least try what we are going to learn from the workshop ?

    Thanks a lot.

    August 27, 2013

    • daniel

      thanks for the reply. If i take a friend can he pay the $2.00 during the meet up ? or should i tell them to create an account ? thanks again , see you sunday

      August 31, 2013

    • Simon N.

      Do not worry about the $2 fee, it is really meant as a fee per quadcopter build. We will change the fee structure soon to $20 for new builds to cover costs (drinks, solder, shrink tubes, connectors etc) so I recommend that you undertake a new build tomorrow if possible!

      August 31, 2013

  • Scott K.

    I didn't realize we could purchase a kit at the meetup. I have a lot of questions and have not yet been able to decide on a model. Should I get there early in order to ask a bunch of newbie questions?

    August 30, 2013

    • Simon N.

      Come at 1pm and we will go over everything. I am sure that others who have similar questions.

      August 30, 2013

  • Scott K.

    My wife is also thinking of coming with me. Is there a way I can reserve two slots or is that even necessary?

    August 30, 2013

    • Simon N.

      Please bring her and don't worry about reserving another slot. Is is more 1 slot per build.

      August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have the same question as daniel.

    August 29, 2013

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