A new “Drone It Yourself” kit lets you turn anything into a drone as long as you have a 3D printer.Jasper van Loenen
A bike wheel has been converted into a drone.Jasper van Loenen
What does a toaster, a bike wheel and a dinner plate have in common? Thanks to a new “Drone It Yourself” kit, those objects can now be converted into makeshift unmanned aerial vehicles.
Developed by Jasper van Loenen, an interactive designer and drone hobbyist from the Netherlands, the DIY kit includes 3D-printed plastic clamps, four motors, a receiver-equipped control unit, four electronic speed controllers, a Bluetooth module and an OpenPilot CC3D flight controller. Just attach the clamps and propellers, connect all the wires and, my friend, you have yourself a drone.
While Van Loenen doesn’t give any weight stipulations, it’s pretty safe to say if your drone can’t achieve liftoff, you’re going to need to find a lighter object.
There is one catch, however. You need to have a 3-D printer to get your hands on the Drone It Yourself Kit. Van Loenen hasn’t started manufacturing stand-alone kits. He’s only made the drone-making blueprints available for download, which is a really big asterisk next to the the phrase Some Assembly Required.
Check out this video of a bike wheel being converted into a drone.