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Foldable 3D-Printed FPV Quadcopter


We love to bring projects and plans to our readers in our other publications and what better way to launch a new magazine than to have a custom-designed quadcopter and make it available to you for FREE?  Well, it is not totally free as you will need to buy the electronics and have access to a 3D printer, but the design is free and even if you don’t have access to a printer, we can help you there as well.


Below are two files for each part.  The .STL files (Adobe_Fireworks_STL) are the all set to slice with your printer’s slicing software and then send to the printer.  The .SKP files (SU_signature_v1_HiRes-2) are the original Sketchup files that you can feel free to modify as you see fit.

All the parts were printed with 3 top and 3 bottom layers, 30% infill, and 3 perimeters.  No support is necessary.  All parts were printed with PLA filament (orange parts printed on a Ultimaker 2 and the white parts printed on a Leapfrog Creatr)


If you don’t have a 3D Printer but would like to get a mount, please contact me at and I will put you in touch with someone who can print one for you.

Top Frame Plate


Adobe_Fireworks_STLFPV-Quad-Top-Plate.stl   SU_signature_v1_HiRes-2FPV-Quad-Top-Plate.skp

Bottom Frame Plate


Adobe_Fireworks_STLFPV-Quad-Bottom-Plate.stl   SU_signature_v1_HiRes-2FPV-Quad-Bottom-Plate.skp

Modified files for the Makerbot Replicator 2 (Thanks to ‘Scifictus’ on Thingiverse)

Adobe_Fireworks_STLBottom Plate for Replicator 2.stl   SU_signature_v1_HiRes-2Bottom Plate for Replicator 2.skp



Adobe_Fireworks_STLFPV-Quad-Arm-NHT.stl   SU_signature_v1_HiRes-2FPV-Quad-Arm-NHT.skp



Adobe_Fireworks_STLFPV-Quad-Legs.stl   SU_signature_v1_HiRes-2FPV-Quad-Legs.skp

Electronics Cover


Adobe_Fireworks_STLFPV-Quad-Electronics-Cover.stl   SU_signature_v1_HiRes-2FPV-Quad-Electronics-Cover.skp

Fatshark Camera Mount

fatshark camera mount

Adobe_Fireworks_STLFPV-Quad-Fatshark-Camera-Mount.stl   SU_signature_v1_HiRes-2FPV-Quad-Fatshark-Camera-Mount.skp


Mission Planner Screen Shots


MultiRotor Pilot Magazine - 3D Printed FPV Quad Mission Planner Software - Extended Tuning
Above are the PID settings that were used to get the best performance on the FPV Quad. Keep in mind that these settings were for our particular liking on our machine and they might vary based on the feel you are trying to achieve. But these should be a good starting point.
MultiRotor Pilot Magazine - 3D Printed FPV Quad Mission Planner Software - Firmware Selection
If you are going to use the FPV Quad in the Spider configuration then you need to select the appropriate firmware. If you plan to use it as an X quad, then you need to reflash the HKMega APM controller with that firmware
MultiRotor Pilot Magazine - 3D Printed FPV Quad Mission Planner Software - Radio Calibration
This is the Radio Calibration Screen in the Mission Planner software


Assembly Photos