European School of Makers: About Drones: How to build your own 250 class drone?

About Drones: How to build your own 250 class drone?


What: high level training for the beginners

When:January 2019; 4 days per 4 hours, proposed dates: 07.01-10.01 (TBD)

Trainer: Grzegorz Michałowski, fablab manager

Target audience: everyone is invited – just need to take your own computer with you

Duration: 16 hours

Fee: free, financed by the Central Europe Interreg FabLabNet project

Number of participants: max.5

Where: FabLab Bielsko-Biała, ul. Cieszyńska 365, 43-382 Bielsko-Biała, Poland






The main goal of the workshops is to get acquainted with designing tools provided by Rhinoceros 3D program. Participant will get along with designing curves, planes and solids in Rhino and based on that – will design his first drone frame. Then, there will be slicer program and 3D printer introduced, first prototype printed, adjustments made and proper model produced. The third stage of the course will be concentrated on electronics – arming the printed frame with electronics, propellers and batteries and getting acquainted with the flight controller. The last part will be learning how to use and play with the drone.

The course provides basic knowledge in 3D modelling with Rhinoceros and also introduces electronics for beginners. The aim of the course is also to popularize knowledge about cutting- edge technologies and boost creativity. After the course the participants will have basic knowledge about 3D modelling, rapid prototyping and electronics. They will also have their own 250 class drone – fully equipped and designed by themselves.




Day 1

h 9.00 Welcome and registration

h 9.30-9.45 Why are we here? – FabLabNet project presentation

h 9.45–10.00 About drones – introduction

h 10.00-10.15 Coffee break

h 10.15–11.30 Rhinoceros Introduction to the program, learning its possibilities, first designs

h 11.30–13.00 Designing the drone frame


Day 2

h 9.00-11.00 Last modifications of the drone frame 3D model Slicer program – how to slice your model properly? What you should know before printing?

h 11.00-11.15 Coffee break

h 11.15–13.00 Printing a prototype and adjusting it to a proper model


Day 3

h 9.00-11.00 Arming a drone with electronics Providing needed electronic devices, propellers, batteries Building a total equipped drone

h 11.00-11.15 Coffee break

h 11.15 – 13.00 How to use a flight controller? First steps in flying a drone


Day 4

h 9.00-13.00 How to use a drone? Flying and playing with a drone (coffee break included)