Building an arduino quadcopter is no doubt, challenging.
That being said, arduino is arguably the best tool for rapid prototyping with one of the best communities and learning material out there.
With enough learning, persistence and patience, building an arduino quadcopter is within anyone's reach.
This guidebook is an intelligently arranged collection of resources designed to take you step by step from absolute beginner with no clue about the workings of a multirotor or arduino programming to building your very own arduino quadcopter.
Recommended prerequisite and how you should use this guide
The following are the prerequisite skills you will need if you want to build an arduino quadcopter absolutely from scratch without copy and pasting someone else’s code.
- Arduino and arduino programming libraries
- Basic power electronics
We’ve included how to get these skills in Chapter 4. It is important to make sure you at least have a basic understanding of them to build your own arduino quadcopter.
Ideally, you should go from Chapter 1 all the way to Chapter 6 (Chapter 7 is a bonus!). That being said, we’ve also included some pre-made arduino builds (with pre-made code) that you can follow step by step to build your own arduino quadcopter in Chapter 6.
Though you can technically follow the builds and copy paste the code, bear in mind that if you truly want to understand what you are doing, make your own tweaks and actually be able to fix errors if you encounter any, start from Chapter 4 before going to Chapter 6.
Remember that with this guide, you are not merely assembling a quadcopter with a pre-made flight controller. You are building your own DIY arduino flight controller!
Ideally, you should be going from Chapter 1 to Chapter 6 in a sequence. However, if you are already familiar with the concepts in certain chapters, feel free to skip them.
Most beginners would love a "quick" solution to building their own arduino quadcopter. To reiterate what we already said earlier, you can do a quick build by following the pre-made plans that we have listed in Chapter 6.
While you do not have to attain mastery, we recommend you at least be familiar with SOME of the basics of arduino programming and power electronics in Chapter 4 to gain maximum learning and understanding out of building an arduino quadcopter.
Moreover, being familiar with the basics will enable you to make your own tweaks and get yourself "unstuck" should you stumble upon any roadblocks and errors along the way.