I attended a course on additive manufacturing at Warwick university before the project began.
After the university course, I was keen to pursue a project focusing on the use of additive manufacturing within drone production.
Once decided upon a title, I began my initial research into current drone designs on the market.
Following on from my research, I began designing the body of my drone using a 3D modelling software called 'AutoCad 123Design'. I came up with numerous designs and digitally tested their strength. I also incorporated the most aerodynamically efficient arm structure that I had learnt about from an academic journal on aerodynamics. Once I had reached a successful design, I sent the 3D file off to be 3D printed.
Whilst waiting for the 3D printed model to arrive, I started soldering the electronic components of the drone to the circuit board. Once I had completed this process and the frame had arrived, I was able to integrate the electronics with the frame.
Following on from the installation of the electronic components, I could being the programming phase. I applied the skills that I had learnt on the university course to program the drone and pair the receiver to the transmitter.
After I had completely finished the construction of the drone, I was then able to start testing and evaluating the design of the frame itself. Initially, I had designed the landing gear of the drone to be permanently attached to the frame. However, theses snapped off upon a hard landing and so with the use of 3D printing I quickly redesigned them.
After I had completed the design and testing stages of this project, I moved on to completing the written element to bring the project together and explain the knowledge that I had gained during the process.
Once both the physical and written elements of my project had been completed, I thought about how I would present my findings. Given that my project was largely hands on, I decided to include photos and videos within my presentation to show what I had done. I would then evaluate my project and explain the conclusion that I had reached.
My presentation was the final stage of my EPQ, in which I evaluated what I had done and explained the conclusion I had reached.