Skydio R1 Autonomous Drone

This video that Tested did on the new Skydio R1 has me impressed! The autonomy looks like it came out any futuristic movie you may have seen but brushed off and out of your mind because it always looked like just a neat Hollywood effect, but it appears that is now a reality with the…

XYZ Da Vinci custom mods video tour and sale link

I noticed the price of the Da Vinci is down to $272 on Amazon now from $400-450. This is a great deal! So to commemorate that, I made this video featuring some of my mods. funnel and floor hooks http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:592197 inside spool holder http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:972775 pei sheet http://amzn.to/2arl92d http://amzn.to/2acype2 Da Vinci printer $272!!!! http://amzn.to/2aeF2qd Dial indicator…

Review: Gizmo Dorks PEI print bed on a DaVinci 1.0

I used to use ABS slurry for all my prints for its stickiness and anti-warp properties, but its messiness is just too great and its environmental impact is something to consider with the acetone vaporizing off into your printer room. So, after much research I settled on PEI sheet. It comes in many brands and…

Newco Bird Eliminator

I met these cool guys from “Blind Spots Content LLC / Newco” few days ago. They were flying a nice lithium ion (not lipo!) powered quadcopter, for bird abatement. The quad had a loudspeaker and made noises to scare birds out of cherry trees. I’ve been doing the same for a couple years with a…

New Prusa i3 MK2 3d printer released!

The Prusa has always been a great value printer, now with the Mk2 its looking like a more full featured printer. Its $845 USD, preorder now. Or for $240 you can update your old Prusa i3 Mk1. This is cheaper and you end up with spare parts. At amazon the I3 mk1 is $599 then…

Repetier settings for DaVinci 1.0 3D printer

Here are my settings for Repetier 1.6.1. I have used these settings through all the versions over the past year on my DaVinci 1.0 3D printer. Repetier is a powerful aftermarket software used to control the printer. It voids the warranty and if used wrong could damage things. Use at your own risk! With these…

Unlock the potential of your Dji with the Litchi app

I came across this app today and was instantly intrigued. Why? because it appears to allow you to unlock advanced features like autonomous waypoints and auto-takeoff and land, and other things that really take your Dji to the next level. While I haven’t personally tried the app because I tend to use Pixhawk, it looks…

Mini 225mm Race Quadcopter frame “Wolfbone225” v1

Here is a new racing quad I designed. I call it Wolfbone225. Its free to download the .stl files at Shapeways or have them print one out for you. While its free to use, please do not sell it commercially without my prior approval. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International RCGroups discussion thread here. frame: https://www.shapeways.com/product/MUGDQ5D2D/mini-225mm-race-quadcopter-frame-quot-wolfbone225-quot-v1?li=shop-inventory&optionId=58025568…

California Democrats make it a crime of trespass for operating a drone less than 350 feet above ground

So it begins.   “California lawmakers approve drone trespassing crime bills SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers advanced legislation Monday seeking to rein in the use of privacy-invading drones, passing one bill to prevent the use of drones by paparazzi and another making it a trespassing violation to fly drones over private property without permission.…

Drone University book update notes V1.13

V1.13 is a content update to Drone University.  I will publish the full version of these notes to Amazon in a few days. To update your Kindle book: To enable Automatic Book Updates: Go to Manage Your Content and Devices. Select Settings. Select Automatic Book Update to expand the section. Select On to receive automatic…