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DIY Drone X frame from LEGO® Bricks. Fast agile, high flying GoPro carrying lightweight drone.  A DIY project with fun in mind!
DIY Drone X frame from LEGO® Bricks. Fast agile, high flying GoPro carrying lightweight drone. A DIY project with fun in mind!
100 backers pledged $6,063 to help bring this project to life.

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This story began in 2012

This is when the world's first flyable and fully autonomous quadcopter frame made completely from LEGO® bricks was created by Software Developer and Designer, Ed Scott. Along with his kids, Ed's design took it's flight in December of 2012. The frame was made entirely from LEGO® bricks and glue, nothing more, to make it fly the electronics were off the shelf hobby components. In 2013 Ed made it a fully autonomous robot using the 3DR APM flight controller, Ed was the first to make a truly autonomous quadcopter made from LEGO® bricks. The project was not only beyond fun, it was extremely educational for the kids and the entire family. So now we want everyone to have the opportunity to build their own drone with LEGO® bricks.

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Next Ed uploaded it to YouTube where it was watched over 67,000 timeshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSWX3uH5MEM

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Ed Scott has teamed with Nick Margarone who is an expert at 3D printing and a battery engineer. Nick is an avid multicopter flyer himself who has built his own custom models from carbon fiber and other materials. Together they want to bring you, in different packages, everything you need to make a drone made from LEGO® bricks and fly it on your own.

Nick making some cool prototype motor mounts on the 3D Printer

Motor Mounts Motor Mounts Help continue the story and give a chance for others to fly

This by no means ends the story. We are planning on using any extra funding to help others create and build their own drones, expand their education in robotics, construction and software development from creative minds such as yourself. We would like to have a site where people can build "different" drones that are far from the norm and share them with others. Where educators and parents can come to help their children learn about robotics. Some minor changes in design from prototypes are will be redesigning the legs using LEGO® bricks to be stronger and we are using custom motor mounts made from a 3D printer.

Getting A Clear Vision

Getting a clear vision is the most important thing with any project. We want to make sure each drone kit we send to people and LEGO® clubs are fun and they are as simple and safe as we can make them for people to fly. If all goes well we will be selling these packages on our web site for more people to enjoy.

1. Make it easy to fly, easy as possible to build and simple to maintain.

2. Lightweight using mostly bricks for construction with the exception of electronics, hardware and motor mounts for safety.

5. Advanced yet easy to use flight controller for stable flights.

6. High quality materials and components and genuine LEGO® bricks.

7. Designed with multiple safety features like return to land option can be added, softest props possible but still able to lift a larger load like a GoPro 3.

Prototypes have been seen on:

Seen On
Seen On

 Geek.com-http://www.geek.com/news/flying-lego-drone-built-out-of-quadcopter-remains-1533216

SUAS News - http://www.suasnews.com/2012/12/20276/drone-made-of-lego-takes-flight/

We would like to extend our projects to educators so they can reinvent our designs to help them teach the world about quadcopter design and flight. We not only want to promote how to build and fly, but we also want to teach how to be safe and respectful of people around personal drones. Anyone can buy a Ready To Fly quad without really knowing whats inside the frame, this project provides a better understanding of quadcopters over ready to fly versions.


Final Frame Design 2014

Digital Sky
Digital Sky

This is a strong, light weight, agile high flying drone!

Light weight
Light weight
Placement Of Flight Controller
Placement Of Flight Controller

Flying high with LEGO

3D Printed GoPro mount added

3 Designs you can pick from:

Classic LEGO
Classic LEGO
Indigo Black
Indigo Black
Digital Sky
Digital Sky
Drone Selfie
Drone Selfie
These are examples of parts you get depending on the reward you select.
These are examples of parts you get depending on the reward you select.


Disclaimer:
 This is a custom creation that is built with LEGO® bricks, not a reproduction of any LEGO® creation. We do not reproduce any LEGO® bricks, all are official LEGO® brand. We purchase, whenever possible, directly from LEGO®. Sometimes a 3D part is needed like for Motor mounts that will be able to be glued firmly to the bricks. We want to give everyone a chance to learn about robotics flight, programming and much more.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

Risks and challenges

The main challenge is getting the bricks. Sometimes we can not get them and have to wait for stock. Top and bottom plates are discontinued but we will make every effort to find them for everyone, If we can not find the top and bottom plate in a reasonable timeframe we will 3D print make something that will work, but we will never make a duplicate of a LEGO and sell them as they are trademarked, ours will look different but still work great.

Nick is in charge of 3D Printing and working with Ed Scott to create a motor mount for the most stable flight possible. Together they are working on better GoPro and battery holders that will attach firmly to your quad.

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    Neat Idea: Every supporter at this level will get a link to download the build docs for making the LEGO drone frame.

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    3D Supporter: Every supporter at this level will get the 3D printed motor mounts and the build docs for making the LEGO drone frame.

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    Video Nut Supporter: Every supporter at this level will get the 3D printed motor mounts and the GoPro wedge mount to make it easy to attach the GoPro to the airframe.

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    Basic Indigo Black Frame Kit: All the bricks needed for you to build your own frame made of LEGO® Bricks. Also includes custom 3D printed motor mounts and GoPro wedge mount. You will need to get your own flight controller, ESCs, motors, battery, glue and other items. We will provide build instructions, list of parts we recommend you get and links to where you can purchase it.

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    Basic Classic Yellow And Red Frame Kit: All the bricks needed for you to build your own frame made of LEGO® Bricks. Also includes custom 3D printed motor mounts GoPro wedge mount. You will need to get your own flight controller, ESCs, motors, battery, glue and other items. We will provide build instructions, a list of parts we recommend you get and links to where you can purchase it.

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    Basic Digital Sky Blue and White Frame Frame Kit: All the bricks needed for you to build your own frame made of LEGO® Bricks. Also includes custom 3D printed motor mounts and GoPro wedge mount. You will need to get your own flight controller, ESCs, motors, battery, glue and other items. We will provide build instructions, a list of parts we recommend you get and links to where you can purchase it.

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