Useful and essential 3D prints for FPV pilots

When building and flying FPV drones a 3D printer is an invaluable tool. If that is to print a camera mount, arm protectors or more generic parts - the 3d printer allows us make a lot of parts that make our life easier ourselves.

On this page I want to share links to a few designs that I have come across and find useful, that are not specific to any drone.

LiPo balance plug protector

LiPo balance plug protector

There is various similar designs out there, this one is the one that has worked the best from the ones I've tried so far - the concept is simple, you add this to the power leads of your battery, and then, when not in use, you can stow the balance plug away by plugging it into the protector - no more dangling balance plug to be caught in rotors.

XT60 Protector with charge indicator

One of my favorite hobby-related finds on thingiverse is these plug-protectors designed by apolune. back before i was using these, i would bring multiple plug-protectors in different colors, so i'd know which pack I had flown already, and which one had still its charge left - and i kept losing some. having 3 different battery states in one plug makes things rather easy, and finding the state of a battery is just a look away.

XT60 Protector with charge indicator

Motor-Bell Pliers

Motor-Bell Pliers

Now, there are commercial products out there that are more robust, thus better than this - but if you don't have access to them, this will be quite useful to you - pliers (made of two different printable materials) that you can use to hold your motors bells tight when screwing on or removing a propeller. This will lower the amount of cursing during prop-changes in the field considerably.

Drone Stand

One drone sitting on your desk? No problem. Two? sure. 10? usually at some point space becomes a bit of a problem - some people sole this by not getting more drones, others by hanging their drones on the wall, and yet others by using drone stands that not only help with the space problem, but also put your drones on display. The one I'm linking is a remix that I made of LordGG's design, with longer arms that will even hold more extravant drone frames well.

Drone Stand

Shims for DJI Goggles

Shims for DJI Goggles

For some people DJI's goggles fit well, for others they don't. The shims linked can help for some people - I glued some in my goggles quite early on, which made the light-leaks I had disappear and generally for a better fit. It is noteworthy that since then there have been commercial products released that add foam inlays, which I heard good things about although I prefer the shims over more foam, especially in the Summer.

Strap Buckles for DJI Goggles

A lot of people dislike the straps the DJI goggles come with, these buckles allow you to easily replace the straps with other common goggle straps, without modification (or destruction) of original parts.

Strap Buckles for DJI Goggles