PlutoX Rover

Using the sensors and controller of a drone , I created a rover to
use the drone stability features on the ground.

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I used the Pluto X board and a set of high efficiency metal geared motors to create a rover that would be agile and extremely
precise with the handling due to its drone monitoring sensors.

I used the PrimusX board as the base of my project.

I used this because of its inbuilt wi-fi connectivity module , basic drone sensors , motor drivers and capability of using a high discharge single cell Lipo battery. The board also had is own API and SDK for developer support to alter its functions.

I used Fusion 360 to design a flat pack assemble-able rover. I printed prototypes till the tolerances were met.

I then tested and chose 4 metal geared motors that run a low voltage of 3.7 volts to give 800 rpm. 

I mounted the motors on this 3D printed mount and fastened with a zip tie .

I also created a modular mount for  an FPV ( first person view ) camera for other applications and a fun perspective.

I then used the simple API and SDK to make the sensors capable of sensing the error displacement and give correctional values to the motor to self stabilise. With 4 high torque metal geared motors all running at a no load 800 rpm gives the rover immense speed , pickup and self stability features. I took some help in creating a self correcting algorithm and the results were great.

I used some grippy tyres to run the rover , finally  creating an extremely cool rover.

To open drone experimentation to the world, Drona Aviation is crowdfunding for PlutoX on Indiegogo. Support them and help them bring it to life:

  • 1 × PlutoX Programmable flight controller by Drona Aviation
  • 4 × Metal Geared 800 Rpm Motor
  • 1 × 3d printed frame PLA
  • 1 × optional FPV cam VTX
  • 1 × 4*50 zip-tie

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    Building the Rover

    Use fusion 360 or any CAD software to design a rover frame , a basic car body 

    with essential mounts mounts for the flight controller , 4 motors and a 3.7 v batttery between 250 to 600 Mah.

    Print out this file with proper infill and material , preferably PLA or ABS.

    the frame should be approximately 200*100*50

    Assemble the motors and flight controller with damper onto the rover chassis

    and fasten the battery.

    Connect the wires of the motor with correct polarity into the motor drivers on the flight controller.  Use the 4 inner motor driver with H bridge support for bidirectional current flow.

    Find suitable tyres to fit , onto the motor shaft. One with good traction and approximately 40mm diameter.

    Flash the flight controller with the rover codes I created which is on Github.

    Use the Pluto App available on IOS and Android App stores  for flashing and driving the rover.

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Diego wrote 09/17/2018 at 22:52 point

1.hola me podrias compartir el cad para utilizarlo de ejemplo

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