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Old Apr 04, 2012, 11:28 PM
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HoverflyPro Cases

Hello Everyone,

We came up with a case for our HoverflyPRO boards that are part of our quadcopter kits we will be selling. We recently saw some people asking about cases for Hoverfly products and figured we would post some information and pictures for all of you. Contact us if your interested in purchasing one.

We currently only have a case for the HoverflyPRO but will be making one that supports the GPS stack as well as the HoverflySPORT.

We are thinking $25 dollars for the case, $35 dollars if you want something custom laser etched/cut on the top instead of the MadLabs logo ( a beaker ).

Right now we only have red in stock for the bottoms, but if there is interest we should be able to provide them in yellow, blue, green, red, black, and white.

The tops we are planning on cutting out of clear acrylic so that you can see the LED status indicator from most angles ( who else thinks they need to give that led a set of breakout pins on the next version? )


Here are some photos of the first prototype we cut and some inventor images. You'll notice someone forgot what a USB port looks like apparently and didn't leave a cut out for it, no worries though well have that fixed and re-cut within the hour)

So if your interested hit us up.

UPDATE - 4-16-2012
We are currently producing and selling these cases.

Current colors: Red, Green, White
Standard Case: $25 + S&H ($5.95 in the CONUS via USPS flat rate)
Case W/Etched lid: $30 + S&H ($5.95 in the CONUS via USPS flat rate)



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Old Apr 05, 2012, 01:17 AM
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looks great I will "hit you up" for one.

exactly what I was looking for. Nice work!

Ill buy the GPS ones when it comes as well
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Old Apr 05, 2012, 02:59 AM
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Hello Everyone,

Just a quick little update.

We fixed the layout so the USB port is accessible, and cut an example top to get a picture of as well. The top in the picture is made out of the same material as the bottom in this case. As we said the final one will be acrylic, we just didn't have any extra 1/2 inch on hand (and for some odd reason no one is open to sell any at 2am) .

This is of course just a quick cut prototype. The final one will have a much cleaner look to the cuts.


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We also forgot to mention the bottom is made from HDPE, and the whole case (with the matching HDPE top) is 83.4grams.
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Old Apr 05, 2012, 07:34 AM
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Hey MadLab great to have you here!

Great case!
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Old Apr 05, 2012, 11:28 AM
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This is interesting, it looks like the board is loose in the case in the first photo at the top. What keeps the board from moving around inside the case? I realize you guys probably don't have a green board but is it possible to cut a case for it? Plans to make the case taller to include the GPS board?
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Old Apr 05, 2012, 11:42 AM
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Hello,


You are correct, in the first picture we did just have the Hoverfly sitting in the case, though that was just because we were taking some quick photos.

The inside of the case is machined down leaving 4 studs roughly the size of the vibration isolation grommets that came with your HoverflyPRO board. In these studs there are holes that you can mount the board to using the hardware that came with the board. These holes are through holes as well, so if you are using a plate specifically for a Hoverfly you can simply switch to longer screws and use the same mounting holes.

We will post some more pictures in a bit showing it actually mounted in the case.

On a funny side note. We found out that the Hoverfly flies like a charm even when the board isn't mounted. Last night after taking the first pictures, we went out for a quick flight and completely spaced that we hadn't mounted the board to the case, or even the case to the quadcopter. No flight issues what so ever, it was amazing. We of course wouldn't recommend this.

Yes we would certainly be willing to make a case for the green board. The problem is we do not have one on hand, and the technical specs for the measurements are a bit lacking in the documentation. If someone who has one and is good with a micrometer or tape measure could send me dimensions and positions of where cut out points for pins would need to be we could whip one up within a day.

Yes we do have plans on making one for the GPS Stack, as well as the GPS receiver itself.

Photos to come soon of the board mounted in the case. Also later today we will have pictures of the acrylic top, as well as the weight.
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Old Apr 05, 2012, 12:28 PM
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Hello,

As promised here are some pictures showing the board mounted in side the case. We are using the standard mounting holes on this rig instead of the outside mounting holes as our test rig was designed for a HoverflyPRO pre-case idea.

Also, please note that the mounting holes for the HoverflyPRO to the bottom of the case are threaded holes, so you can apply proper tension to the vibration isolation mounts and secure the case to the plate.
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Old Apr 05, 2012, 04:20 PM
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Why couldn't you just machine in some stepped posts to the top and bottom case to locate the board and hold it firmly when you clamp the pieces together. You could have 4 x 8mm dia. nylon spacers with posts machined either end to separate the main board from the GPS board, don't forget to include aluminium or nylon screws.
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Old Apr 05, 2012, 05:45 PM
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Looks like you have some competition

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1623324

First one with a Green Board +GPS case wins!!! hehe :-)

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Old Apr 05, 2012, 11:30 PM
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Hey michael f,

We had thought about doing that in one of our designs, however we decided against it because there is a fine line between being to tight, to loose, and just right when it comes to trying to get rid of vibrations.

We felt that by providing tapped holes on the mounting stud in the case would provide the best dampening as you can adjust the compression on the grommets. This allows you several layers of dampening depending on the mounting holes you use, and each layer is independent of the others. Overkill perhaps, especially with how stable HoverflyPRO boards are, but that's kinda our motto.

Also, we will be including the an extra set of grommets, nylon screws, spacers, and nuts, and possibly be including a set of red or blue anodized aluminum screws for holding the case shut, if not those then additional nylon screws for that as well.

Thanks for your input, we always appreciate them. If you have any other ideas feel free to float em.

And once again, if someone can provide dimensions of the other boards, or a level photo with a ruler next to them would be great and we could dsign some of those up.

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Old Apr 06, 2012, 12:18 AM
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<----- Looking at Hoverfly???

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And once again, if someone can provide dimensions of the other boards, or a level photo with a ruler next to them would be great and we could dsign some of those up.

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Old Apr 06, 2012, 01:29 PM
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block light from pressures sensor?

This case looks great. Is there a way you can cut it so that the pressure sensor isn't being hit by sun light (but still allow us to see the LED)?
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Old Apr 06, 2012, 02:12 PM
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Benjamin,

Certainly. Do you want it blocked from all light, or just the direct sunlight? This will give me a better idea oh how to go about this.

If you want to block all light, the best way would be a solid (no logo cut out ) acrylic top, with a thin piece of foam ( which we can provide ) cut to fit on the sensor. This would hold the foam in place with no glue or tape, and since its clear acrylic the whole top lights up.

We do have a quick acrylic one we gut the other day with no logo already. The cuts aren't pretty but we will throw it on the Hoverfly and and start it up so the LED is on and take some pictures for you and post them up shortly.
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Benjamin,

Certainly. Do you want it blocked from all light, or just the direct sunlight? This will give me a better idea oh how to go about this.

If you want to block all light, the best way would be a solid (no logo cut out ) acrylic top, with a thin piece of foam ( which we can provide ) cut to fit on the sensor. This would hold the foam in place with no glue or tape, and since its clear acrylic the whole top lights up.

We do have a quick acrylic one we gut the other day with no logo already. The cuts aren't pretty but we will throw it on the Hoverfly and and start it up so the LED is on and take some pictures for you and post them up shortly.

this sounds like a great idea... perhaps etch your logo in the top instead of cutting it out ?
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Old Apr 06, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Hey,

Below are the pictures of the acrylic top with no logo cut in to it. As i said the machining cuts are ugly as we were just cutting it to test, final cuts look much cleaner.

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We were thinking exactly the same thing once Benjamin asked about covering the barometer but still seeing the light.



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