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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  • Christopher A.

    Had a lot of fun. Brought my daughter and she had a blast.

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • crablouis

    You may be interested to know the preliminary observations of my hexacopter submergence experiment. Complete swimming pool, shallow end, submergence first resulted in a curious surfacing of visible vaporous smoke, of a sulfurous aroma. On decending to observe the device in situ, inverted on the pool bottom, I was surprised to observe not only a stream of bubbles emerging from somewhere in the central structure, but the propeller motors were still turning, albeit in fits and starts. I resisted the urge to leave the battery connected, disconnected same, and removed the entire assembly to dry land.

    The components, disassembled, are now drying, poolside.

    October 5, 2013

    • Simon N.

      Craig, I know you were interested in a submersible multirotor, but didn't think you were ready to take the plunge! (Every pun intended) The board and ESCs are most likely fried, but all other components should be able to survive. Rinse out the motors in distiller water and let them dry completely.

      October 6, 2013

    • crablouis

      Simon, I'll try that. One of the ESC's emitted smoke when I tried it today (couldn't resist trying..). And I don't know which, the main board or the charge controller, emits continuous beeping instead of the ready-to-roll beep code on power application. Amazingly the submerged battery seems to still have power. I'm reluctant to put it on the charger until I can do so in a safe environment (on pavement outside). Anyway, it will be fun to see which parts survived.

      October 6, 2013

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