This drone allows users to assemble and configure it for themselves
The paradigm of the relationship between consumer and manufacturer has changed in recent years. It is moving from a model where the user developed a passive role where I could only enjoy the products purchased from a model where the consumer becomes an integral part of product development. Users now want more exclusive products that allow them to differentiate themselves and with the advent of technologies like 3D printing this penchant for customization has given power to consumers who did not have before.
With this idea came BonaDrone , a startup created by five young Anoia region (Barcelona) that by printing three-dimensional and inspired by the DIY concept – “do it yourself”, for its acronym in English it offers the same modular drones user can customize, install and configure.
Today there are many uses for drones, but each is linked to a drone. BonaDrone operation is precisely to give the user the possibility to decide which will be the usefulness of your drone through easily exchangeable accessories. At the moment, the Mosquito, the first drone of the company, has a support for GoPro cameras and a clamp to transport objects though its creators are confident that they will gradually increasing the repertoire.
“We realized that the flexibility and potential of 3D printing can not be provided with other manufacturing systems,” says computer engineer and one of its creators, Alex Cazorla, who explains that the opportunities offered by 3D printing the community of techies is infinite: “Anyone can print your own Mosquito at home as BonaDrone also facilitates the files for it in a printable kit”.
A part of customization, printing in three dimensions also offers modularity and to repair the drone at a low cost. Currently, most high-end drones are made by injection molding or expensive materials in case of accident are difficult to repair.
“In our case, the Mosquito is easily re-printable like a Lego figure it were,” said Cazorla.
The company was founded with the aim of bringing knowledge and technology to users, thus promoting creativity and interest in learning. In this sense, BonaDrone has launched the Educational called Mosquito, a drone with a performance more limited than the standard and with a simpler configuration designed for those fans who want to learn the operation of a drone Mosquito.
For now, the team BonaDrone is holding talks with schools in Spain and Portugal for possible collaborations in this field while working to provide a kit where, besides the installation and configuration of the drone, all disciplines is also taught integrating this technology: physics, electronics, principles of operation, etc.
At this time, BonaDrone has launched a campaign on IndieGoGo in order to know the product acceptance by consumers. “For nearly two years we have been developing and testing our first model, the Mosquito,” Cazorla said. “Now we want to know whether we have developed kits have a good welcome”