When it comes to drone racing, there are a rather large number of frames available to choose from. From prebuilt drones like the Walkera racing quads to the fully customized quads with frame setups from companies like Lumenier, a good frame is the essential part of a kit. Without a good frame, components may often come loose, or become damaged during crashes.
Canadian based group RaptorFPV have constructed a brand new drone specifically for racing. Designed from the ground up, the team took inspiration from the look and style of Sigan Drone, Fossils Gravity 250, and Walkera Runner 250 quads. It plans on featuring a Carbon Fiber upper and lower plate as well as 3D printed center spacer out of PETG filament, providing strong resilience and elasticity.
Simplicity is the goal in mind for the Raptor 190. The positions for screws, the build order, even the instructions are to be laid out in a manner where the kit setup should take approximately 15 minutes. Outside the components that you wish to add to make the quad fly, arranging the parts should be a breeze.
Originally the plan for the frame was to have it completely 3D printed with PETG, but it was determined there needed to be a more rigid component. After a satisfactory addition of two fitted carbon fiber plates, the creators were satisfied with its durability. Unfortunately, due to the frame’s build requirements, the cost to produce is a bit too high to try and get their product off the ground. RaptorFPV turned to Kickstarter to secure funding and bring their idea to the world.
You can get in touch with the RaptorFPV through their kickstarter. Check it out for yourself; if you like what you see, consider helping back their project!