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Manufacturing Modules

Project 2: Building a Drone

Project Overview


The purpose of this project is to incorporate employability skills (teamwork, problem solving, verbal communication, written communication, dependability/work ethic, and planning and organizing skills) into activities that focus on designing and building a drone.

This project is divided into four main activities:

  • Activity 1: Drone design and parts manufacture/procurement.
  • (Option A): Design of drone and production of specified components with the use of Solid Works software and 3-D printers. The project teams will execute the design and production of specified drone parts.
  • (Option B): Project teams will select a standard commercial drone design and procure commercially manufactured parts needed to complete drone assembly.
  • Activity 2: Drone assembly. Project teams will assemble the different parts of the drone.
  • Activity 3: Prepare for end-user/consumer. Creation of instructions for safe operation of the drone.
  • Activity 4: Professional presentation. The project team will deliver a formal presentation to the project supervisor for final approval of the drone to be placed into service.

Courses for Implementation:

  • Introduction to Electronics
  • Solid works Fundamentals
  • Industrial Safety
  • Introduction to Quality
  • Materials and Process 1
  • Introduction to Machining
  • Soldering

Key Terms/Major Topics:

Mechanical Assembly (Mechatronics)

  • CAD
  • Safety
  • Quality


Standard classroom technology equipment (computer, projector, etc.)
Computer with SolidWorks software
Computers with Internet access and presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, Powtoon or Prezi, etc.)

Soldering equipment:

  • adjustable temperature soldering iron
  • solder pot
  • solder
  • flux
  • de soldering equipment
  • flux cleaner

Hand tools:

  • wire cutters
  • wire strippers
  • screwdrivers

Zip ties
Heat shrink tubing (different colors/sizes)
Velcro straps
Radio Transmitter/Receiver for each drone assembly
3D printer if 3D CAD design option of the project is used

Miscellaneous drone parts as needed