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Some (mainly Free and Open Source) stuff I have found useful for FPV.


FreeCAD

FreeCAD

A really impressive FOSS CAD app. Cross platform, works in Windows, Linux and MAC. Scriptable using Python

Here is a video of my Antenna Tracker being designed with FreeCAD

http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=ZQHhKt2Wb38


KiCad

http://www.kicad-pcb.org

A comprehensive FOSS Electronic CAD package for designing PCB's. Does nice schematics too.

Also works well to get PCB's made e.g at OSH park


OpenSCAD

http://www.openscad.org

CAD app which uses a C like scripting language. This is great for making objects, which use some sort of repeating pattern or algorithm, where a traditional CAD app, can be time consuming. Great things is the scripts are also embeddable in FreeCAD.. Brilliant!


OSH park

http://www.oshpark.com

A great way to get PCB's made at a reasonable price. Saves all the hassle of trying to make them yourself. You just upload the files, then they are checked and (if they are ok), they give you a price. Pay online ( e.g using paypal) and your boards are immediately on the way to the pcb fab in the next available batch. Really professional boards too.

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