Airgineers. Design, build and race your own micro drone

Engineering, Maker, Manufacturing, Product Design
Level
Beginner
Software
Fusion 360
Time
11-15 hours
Autodesk® Fusion 360™ is intended for those age 13 and above. Autodesk® Tinkercad™ may be used by children under 13 with parental consent.

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The project allows you to design and manufacture a drone, suitable for the school based competition, Airgineers. Using Autodesk® Fusion 360™, you will be guided through how to develop and optimise a drone design. Lessons will focus on specific competition criteria, including light-weighting, stress testing, photo realistic rendering, and adding sponsorship decals and graphics. We'll also discover how to create engineering drawings, assemble standardised components, and create animations to demonstrate the drone operation. After you have optimised your drone, you will be guided through the additive manufacture preparation process. Finally, you will be able to fly your drone in the Airgineers competition, including racing against other teams and tactically performing specific tasks!

For more information, including component information, visit www.airgineers.co.uk.

Project resource download

These assets apply to all levels

These assets can be used for all the difficulty levels found below.

  • Assembled Drone.zip 9.17 MB
  • Drone Chassis.zip 421.8 KB
  • Drone Components.zip 10.48 MB

Project overview

  • Airgineer-Drone-Introduction.mp4 24.04 MB PREVIEW

Download Autodesk Fusion 360

  • Fusion 360 product download link

Lesson 1: Creating a motor mounting

  • Lesson_1_Creating_a_Motor_Mounting.mp4 8.19 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 2: Creating drone base

  • Lesson_2-Creating_Drone_Base.mp4 12.02 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 3: Creating the drone battery tray

  • Lesson_3-Creating_the_Drone_Battery_Tray.mp4 13.11 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 4: Creating propeller ductings

  • Lesson_4-Creating_Propeller_Ductings.mp4 8.39 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 5: Finalising the drone chassis

  • Lesson_5-Finalising_the_Drone_Chassis.mp4 16.28 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 6: Weight reduction

  • Lesson_6-Weight_Reduction.mp4 13.77 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 7: Simulation

Lesson 8: Engineering and drawing

  • 17-45Lesson_8_-_Engineering_Drawing.mp4 8.64 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 9: Export an STL file

  • Lesson_9-Export_an_STL_File.mp4 2.61 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 10: Export to Autodesk Print Studio

  • Lesson_10-Export_to_Print_Studio.mp4 6.54 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 11: Assembling drone components

  • Lesson_11-Assembling_Drone_Components.mp4 19.92 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 12: Motion study

Lesson 13: Assembled engineering drawing

  • Lesson_13-Assembled_Engineering_Drawing.mp4 11.85 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 14: In-canvas and cloud rendering

  • Lesson_14-_In_Canvas_and_Cloud_Rendering.mp4 13.67 MB PREVIEW

Lesson 15: Applying decals

  • Lesson_15-Applying_Decals.mp4 10.38 MB PREVIEW

Reviews

Steven Parkinson's picture

A great series of informative videos that allows students to design and build their own drone. Teachers are able to select some, or all of the videos dependant on their curriculum requirements.

Steven Parkinson
Paul Clarke's picture

Awesome- we are just about to embark on the research aspect of this, trial and test it at school before setting this as a STEAM challenge.... we are excited the students are ecstatic, its genius thank you.

Paul Clarke
Dhaval Vaishnav's picture

Nice Collection and Great Concepts for Learning and Making Environment More Technically and Making things Easy

Dhaval Vaishnav
Patrick McHale's picture

Awesome resource. Just wondering if anyone has a link to an electronics/components kit that will suit this design?

Patrick McHale
Pete Jones's picture

Patrick has made a good point. I haven't browsed all the videos so apologies if I'm being a bit slow here.
A quick google found this though:
https://www.rapidonline.com/airgineers-micro-drone-flysky-flight-control...
GBP20
Regards
PJ

Pete Jones
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Pete Jones
Pete Jones's picture

...and this looks a good match for the motor.
https://www.robotshop.com/en/elf-ii-hd-drone-replacement-motor-2pk.html
USD1.89 ea

PJ

Pete Jones
Steven Parkinson's picture

Morning everyone. Airgineers is supported by Autodesk and Rapid Education. Everything you need is available from the link below. You are able to buy the parts you need, or full starter kits. Additionally, you can also take measurements / stock names and purchase elsewhere! Rapid are able to ship worldwide too! The competition is in the UK only this year, however if anyone would be interested in running this elsewhere I'd be very interested to know! https://www.rapidonline.com/catalogue/search?Query=airgineers

Steven Parkinson
Mr J Scott's picture

Great tutorials to work through. I'm doing well with the tutorials (got to no.11) but got a bit stuck when it comes to rotating the main circuit board as all the chips detach. How can I lock them down to the board and move everything together?

Mr J Scott
Mr. Derby's picture

Is there any stores in the united states that sell these parts?

Mr. Derby
Bradley Mellor's picture

Great set of tutorials covering a wide range of topics in Fusion 360.

Bradley Mellor
Ryan Ball's picture

Looking forward to getting started with this! Great stuff again Autodesk!

Ryan Ball