While bored during a long flight, I had the inspiration to model some ideas and thus the Hexapus was born. As I live in NYC, finding a place to fly larger heavier quads is hard. I wanted a tiny lightweight multirotor that could run 3in props, but still wanted it to have a decent thrust to weight ratio comparable to larger multitrotors. I also wanted to experiment with hexacopters, and figured a small hexacopter might be the right choice. For a while now, hex's have been obsolete because of their inferior agility compared to quadcopters. They are also more complex, and expensive. A small hex could maintain high maneuverability, yet still have a great amount of spare power because of its two extra motors. Around the same time I saw a tiny 150 sized hex on instagram someone designeda, which finally convinced me to pursue this little side project.
I started off by just drawing a hexagon, and I dimensioned the hexagon to be as small as possible while still safely fitting 3 inch props. It needed to look a little octopus-ish, so I made the arms curved a bit. I could've made them perfectly straight, but that would be no fun. I then made the main body a simple oval, and created a top plate.
I was pretty happy. It looked cute and adorable just like I wanted, but I was more interested in experimenting with the concept to explore more than just its size. It was nice, but what new ideas did it encorperate? I wanted make an aerodynamic pod for the top, and also teach myself how to optimize aero-shapes through Solidwork's flow projection program abilities. This project would be a smaller scale path to working on a new aspect to my 3d modelling skills.
Current Status: Project on hold, but will make pod!