Carbon fiber and bamboo ply hybrid quad frame
To save time and milling bits, I decided to only mill the parts that contribute most to the rigidity of the Quad and I came up with this hybrid design using a combination of carbon fibre (CF) and bamboo plywood.
In this article I go over the fabrication and assembly of my latest quad. Can't wait for the maiden but I'm already very happy with this build.
CNC Milling 2D parts
Because I orginally used laser cutting as my fabrication system of choice, I had all my parts drawn in Inkscape. To use the milling machine I had to conver them to a 3D format the milling machine could accept! Lucky for me tinkercad imported the 2D drawings and added a Z axis value to it (warning make sure the measurements in tinkercard are 100% correct!). I found that tinkercard had other import issues (the resulting part would have strange angles), converting all objects to path in Inkscape was the workaround.
So now I could start milling (Also try not to breath too much of that CF dust... who knows what's in there).
Laser cutting the other plates
When laser cutting, make certain that you cut for rigidity. Check the flex of your material then cut in the direction that gives you the most rigidity for your application. In my case the length of this part as aligned with the grain of the wood.
Everything is designed for M3 standard screws so assembliy is very straigh forward.
Mounting the motors straight onto the booms.
Sandwiching the CF booms between the CF basepate and the bamboo base plate.
Mounting the flight controller and the M3 nylon spacers.
Then hiding that mess of wires with the top plate... make sure you place that battery strap before screwing the plate down.
Ziptie the ESCs down.
Here is another bottom view, I love the look of wood and CF together.
Here is the final product.