Today, Barcelona-based BonaDrone has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring the world’s first 3D-printed, customizable, and modular drone to the consumer market. Alongside 3D-printed merchandise and drone accessories, backers can pre-order BonaDrone’s Mosquito drone. The company expects to start shipping in September this year.
We reported on the company last month, and were excited about the prospect of a drone that offers a different way of doing things. Users will be able to choose the color and accessories of their Mosquito, as well as having the opportunity to upgrade the material used. Then, BonaDrone recommends that users build their own drone from scratch out of the 3D-printed parts. This customizable approach means that every user, from tech-lovers to engineering, DIY, and RC enthusiasts, can put together a bespoke drone.
The Mosquito will also come with some of the latest autonomous flight features built-in. These include a Follow-Me function, flight planning, and a Return-to-Launch capability in case of an emergency.
The company is working on accessories, and has already designed and tested a gimbal for easy camera attachment, along with a hook for transporting objects. Further down the road BonaDrone will ask users to suggest new accessories and functionalities for the Mosquito. These will then be designed and made available to the community.
The team at BonaDrone team is made up of five friends from Barcelona, Spain. In a statement before the launch of their IndieGoGo campaign, Josep, Jordi, Àlex, Dani and Pep said:
“We hope that our project will get a great reception, and see this campaign as a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about drones and 3D-printing, both inside and outside of the technology community. The aim is to give our users the tools and the knowledge to self-meet their drone expectations. We are also keen to receive feedback on our Mosquito drone, develop new products and accessories, and inspire creativity within the community we hope to create.”
If you’re interested in finding out more about BonaDrone, or contributing to the company’s campaign, visit the IndieGoGo page here. As with all crowdfunding campaigns, we can’t guarantee success or the end result. Having said that, this does seem to be an interesting project – we can’t wait to see how it turns out.