Quadcopter Landing Skids

One of my quadcopters recently had a hard landing that broke its landing skids. The skids that came with the frame kit consisted of 5mm carbon rods with flimsy plastic joints, and the crash broke both. I decided to replace the skids with a more durable pair by replacing the carbon rods with aluminum and the plastic joints with sturdier 3D-printed ones.

Landing Skid Joint

Once on the quadcopter, the new landing skids had similar give, but since they’re aluminum instead of carbon fiber, they should bend much more before breaking.

Quadcopter with New Skids

Update: The aluminum bends pretty easily, bending even if the landing isn’t that hard. Fortunately, it’s very easy to bend back and can survive a much harder landing than the original carbon rods.

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