In May 2018, Moscow hosted Altium forum. Altium is the world’s leading developer of PCB design software. Tsuru Robotics discussed with Altium the project on the development of drone reference design for the new version of their software Altium Designer 2019.
In June, Tsuru Robotics met with Altium representatives and presented what could be done within the framework of this project. After this meeting, the project started. On December 31, the drone, designed in Altium Designer software, made its first flight.
This is only a brief description of the project, now — the most important details. So, what did the customer demand from us? Altium wanted a modern drone design that would have some features. First, it should be a design that uses a Multi-Board feature that allows you to work with Board assemblies and create large complex systems. Second — the project must include all mechanical components, from housings to bolt. To do this, we used a special plugin Altium Co-designer. Third, flexible and rigid PCBs should be used. Also, most importantly – the design should be real and allow you to create a flying drone.
All the conditions were met and exceeded. We designed quadcopter, with the possibility of increasing the number of motors. The total number of original boards in the project is five.
In addition, during development, we considered some other limitations. For example, we decided to use such technologies and materials that would allow assembling the drone to a person who does not have access to complicated machines – it is enough to have a 3d printer and some purchased parts, such as carbon sheets and tubes.
On January 17, 2019, we demonstrated the design and working drone at the ALTIUMLIVE conference in Munich. After that, it was sent to the Altium headquarters in San Diego. A recording of our CTO presentation is available here.