When people think of ‘drone racing’, their minds go straight to a sci-fi futuristic arena where robots race for our entertainment. In this futuristic arena, drones race obstacles like flaming hoops and spinning spikes that crush anything that comes close. The prize for the winners is ultimate glory, while the losers end up as scrap metal.
3D-Printed Nano Drone Racing
In a fictional world, that sounds fun. In the real world however, we have drone racing you can do at your own home. Yes, drone racing can happen at the comfort of your living room, with you competing with friends and family members. Even better, these 3D-printed nano drones are tiny enough not to take up a lot of space, while also being kid-friendly. Minimal risk for injury, and the plastic exterior of these quadcopter drones are not strong enough to break anything, other than themselves.
What you have is the perfect thing to get the kids out of the computer games. Here, you get to race in the real world, through an actual obstacle course. The drones are cheap and affordable enough that you can damage or destroy one without burning a hole through your pocket. It is an excellent way to learn the ropes on how to fly drones. When flying these race drones, you get to learn the basics of turning and flight. You also learn tricks like maximizing space as well as making the most out of your battery life.
The 3D-printed drones often have minimalistic designs in them. The only moving parts in general are the rotors themselves. The plastic mold used in the 3D printing process is surprisingly very light and durable. This makes it perfect for the drone’s composition, as it not only makes it crash-proof, but its lightweight design improves the battery life significantly.