Using an Arduino Arduino Uno along with an nRF24L01 module for control together with a 3D printed shell Dejan over at the Mechatronics website has provided details on how to build your very own DIY RC hovercraft. The tutorial takes you for the full process from building the Arduino-based circuitry to even providing the files for the 3D printed cell and propellers. Check out the video below to learn more about the awesome project what you can expect to achieve once all the components are connected and the Arduino is programmed.
“The basis working principle of a hovercraft is that the craft is lifted by a cushion of air. The central propeller blows air into underneath the craft, which inflates a skirt made out of soft material. When the air pressure in the skirt is high enough, the craft gets lifted. The constantly supplied air escapes from the middle of the craft, between the skirt and the ground, which creates additional lift and also reduces the friction between the hovercraft and the ground.”
“For controlling the hovercraft, I used my DIY Arduino based RC Transmitter which I made in one of my previous videos. I set the right joystick to control the servo motor for positioning the rudders on the back side of the thrust motor, set one of the potentiometers to control the lift propeller which is actually attached on a brushless DC motor, and set the left joystick to control the propulsion. So, let’s take a look what it takes to build this RC hovercraft.”
Jump over to the Mechatronics website via the link below for the full tutorial to guide you through every stage of the build process.