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RaptorFPVBy RaptorFPV
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RaptorFPVBy RaptorFPV
First created
CA$ 278
pledged of 3.000 CA$ pledged of 3.000 CA$ goal
6
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 27 2016 4:39 PM UTC +00:00

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FPV Quadcopter Racing is quite the hot item right now! It's in the news, there are worldwide events popping up everywhere and there are endless options on builds. Earlier this year, a teenager from the UK won the biggest purse in the $1Million Dubai Quadcopter World Drone Prix! It's cool, it's fun and it's bloody addictive!
Prototype V8 Full Carbon
Prototype V8 Full Carbon

About the Raptor 190  

I'm looking to launch a new frame with stylish aggressive lines, fully enclosed electronics for a sleek look and aerodynamic advantage. The Raptor 190 was designed from the ground up with inspiration from the look and style of the Sigan Drone, Fossils Gravity 250 and Walkera Runner 250 quads. It will feature Carbon Fiber upper and lower plates for maximum durability and Center spacer/Camera Plate 3D printed in PETG filament which has more resilience and elasticity than ABS or PLA. Simplicity, Style and Durability all in one! 

14 Nuts and Bolts.  1 Allan Key.  Endless fun!
14 Nuts and Bolts. 1 Allan Key. Endless fun!

 Many kits are confusing or complicated; I designed the Raptor 190 to be a simple build with 14 bolts and 14 nuts with very obvious placement. Regardless, I'll be doing up a step by step build log to ensure it's as simple as possible. I'm even including the necessary Allan key in each kit so all you'll need is a pair of pliers and about 15 minutes. It's an all in one kit with no need for anything but the guts. I'll list my chosen parts below but really, the sky's the limit!

3D Printed Version... flies great, survives crashes no so great...
3D Printed Version... flies great, survives crashes no so great...

Originally prototyping was done with a full 3D printed body in PETG, but I found most people (including myself) tend to crash a lot and more durability is needed. Maybe when I'm a better pilot I'll revisit the printed copter, but for now I need your help!  

CNC Machining isn't cheap...

...but it is achievable! With a little help we can make it a reality. I'll be printing the spacer in house and have sourced 2.5mm thick 3k twill carbon fiber for the plates.  The spacers will be translucent PETG in the following colors;

Blue, Red, Yellow, Green PETG Prototypes 6-8.
Blue, Red, Yellow, Green PETG Prototypes 6-8.

Fully Flying G10 Prototype

G10 plates shown; the Kickstarter reward is Carbon Fiber!
G10 plates shown; the Kickstarter reward is Carbon Fiber!

Demo video of the Raptor 190 in Flight...and a crash!

 What you'll Get:  

  • Upper and Lower plates in 2.5mm 3K Twill Carbon Fiber.  
  • Middle Spacer and Camera Plate in chosen color of Translucent PETG.
  • all necessary bolts/nuts for building the frame + Allan key.  
  • LED strips (x4) to install on the arms or inside the translucent body.
  • Battery strap
  • 4045 x4 (2xCW 2xCCW)  
  • **Transmitter, Goggles and Battery NOT included.  

Recommended Hardware:  

  • Raptor 190 FPV Quad (of course!)  
  • Taranis X9D Plus  
  • CC3D Atom  
  • FrSky D4R-II  
  • ELGAE FPV200 5.8 GHz Camera/Transmitter Combo  
  • Fatshark Dominator V3  
  • 4 x 4.5 DalPROPS  
  • 4x ZTW Spider Series 18A OPTO Multi-Rotor ESC  
  • 4x Scorpion M-2204-2300KV  
  • Turnigy Graphene 1300mAh 3S
*Recommended Hardware is not a definitive list; this is my personal setup in the prototype and used in the video above.*

Risks and challenges

I currently run 3x FolgerTech Prusa i3 2020 3D printers and am building a 4th machine. Funding will go toward the necessary supplies to produce the plates including spools of PETG, hardware and Carbon Fiber CNC cutting.

I've been designing/printing quad parts (and dinosaurs, ponies, prosthetic hands, Yoda Buddhas...etc) for over a year and have these machines tuned up; with your help, I think it's time to put them to some real work and get my own frame kit out there instead of making parts for other people's designs!

I've tested different materials and settled on PETG as the best of the lot for durability, finish, ease of use and overall quality. ABS is nice but harder to print; PLA is easy to print but brittle for the application. PETG is a very nice medium and is fully recyclable and food safe! Just in case you want to use the Raptor as a tiny lunch box.

Updates will be frequent with pictures and info as it happens and I'll try to respond to all inquiries within the same day as received. I'm expecting to show Version 10 (Final??) of the PETG Spacer in the next few days!

I'm also very open to suggestions on design alterations so be sure to send feedback and ideas in the comments section! This is a Work in Progress so there's plenty of room to adjust as the campaign moved forward.

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    **Early Bird** Blue Raptor 190 Kit

    Full PRO body Kit
    - 2.5mm 3K Twill Carbon Fiber Upper and Lower plates
    - Translucent BLUE PETG Spacer
    - all necessary bolts/nuts for building the frame + Allan key
    - LED strips (x4) to install on the arms or inside the translucent body.
    - Battery strap
    -1x set 4045 Props

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    **Early Bird** Red Raptor 190 Kit

    Full PRO body Kit
    - 2.5mm 3K Twill Carbon Fiber Upper and Lower plates
    - Translucent RED PETG Spacer
    - all necessary bolts/nuts for building the frame + Allan key
    - LED strips (x4) to install on the arms or inside the translucent body.
    - Battery strap
    -1x set 4045 Props

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    **Early Bird** Yellow Raptor 190 Kit

    Full PRO body Kit
    - 2.5mm 3K Twill Carbon Fiber Upper and Lower plates
    - Translucent YELLOW PETG Spacer
    - all necessary bolts/nuts for building the frame + Allan key
    - LED strips (x4) to install on the arms or inside the translucent body.
    - Battery strap
    -1x set 4045 Props

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    **Early Bird** Natural Raptor 190 Kit

    Full PRO body Kit
    - 2.5mm 3K Twill Carbon Fiber Upper and Lower plates
    - Translucent NATURAL PETG Spacer
    - all necessary bolts/nuts for building the frame + Allan key
    - LED strips (x4) to install on the arms or inside the translucent body.
    - Battery strap
    -1x set 4045 Props

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    **Early Bird** Green Raptor 190 Kit

    Full PRO body Kit
    - 2.5mm 3K Twill Carbon Fiber Upper and Lower plates
    - Translucent GREEN PETG Spacer
    - all necessary bolts/nuts for building the frame + Allan key
    - LED strips (x4) to install on the arms or inside the translucent body.
    - Battery strap
    -1x set 4045 Props

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    Raptor 190 Body Kit

    Full PRO body Kit
    - 2.5mm 3K Twill Carbon Fiber Upper and Lower plates
    - Translucent PETG Spacer (Your Choice of Color)
    - all necessary bolts/nuts for building the frame + Allan key
    - LED strips (x4) to install on the arms or inside the translucent body.
    - Battery strap
    -1x set 4045 Props

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    Raptor 190 BNF "Bind N Fly"

    Full PRO body Kit
    - 2.5mm 3K Twill Carbon Fiber Upper and Lower plates
    - Translucent PETG Spacer (Your Choice of Color)
    - all necessary bolts/nuts for building the frame + Allan key
    - LED strips (x4) to install on the arms or inside the translucent body.
    - Battery strap
    - 2x sets 4045 Props

    * Electronics setup similar to the 'Recommended Hardware' section or better
    ** Battery, Transmitter and Goggles not included

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