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What Tools Are Needed to Build a Drone?

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1 November 2023 130 view(s)

Having the correct tools for your project is important and investing in reliable, high quality tools is the best way to get started on your DIY journey.

While many small hand tools used to build and maintain drones are perhaps tools you already have, chances are some of the other, more specialist tools are ones you won’t have.

In this post we will show you the main tools you need for drone building and also what you will need to maintain one.

 

Soldering Iron

This is one of the most important repair tools for drones. A soldering iron can be used to connect all the electronic pieces in a drone together. For example, it can be used to reconnect connections that may have disconnected from a crash or other damage.

We offer a range of soldering stations, soldering tips and accessories, which can be found on our website.

 

Metcal MX-5210 Soldering, Desoldering & Rework Station

Screwdriver

These are used for the screws that hold the drone together, generally smaller sized screwdrivers are needed, depending on the size of the drone.

Screwdriver set

Torque Screwdriver

Torque screwdriver
Torque Screwdrivers are generally used for assembly maintenance and servicing in any engineering or manufacturing environment, so are great for repairing or building drones because they will give you the exact torque required with very little room for error.

Nut Driver

Nut Driver

These are used for changing propellers on drones and for removing or screwing nuts on to the drone, generally smaller sized nut drivers are needed, depending on the size of the drone.

Safety Knife

Safety knife

Safety or hobby knives are used for cutting different components used in drones and are one of the most essential tools on this list.

Pliers

Pliers

These are used for gripping components in small or hard to reach areas within the drone. We supply a large number of pliers in our online store, the below listed is just one variety.

Wire Strippers

Wire strippers

Wire strippers are helpful for is any of the wire components in the drone need stripping. We supply a large number of wire strippers in our online store, the below listed is just one variety.

Wire Cutters

Wire cutters

When building or maintaining a drone, the chances that you’ll have to cut some wires are very high so making sure that you have a high quality tool for this task is very important. We supply a large number of wire cutters in our online store, the below listed is just one variety.

Glue Gun

Glue gun

Glue guns are great for temporarily securing components to your drone We supply a range of hot glue guns in our online store, the below listed is just one variety.

Tweezers

Tweezers

Much the same as pliers, tweezers are good for moving components or small wires out of the way or moving parts whilst trying to work around them. Longer length tweezers make it easier to access small, hard to reach spaces.

Multimeter

Multimeter

These are used to measure electronic current and are great for use in drone maintenance to test for shorted wires or circuitry when trying to diagnose damage to the drone.

Heat Gun

Heat gun

Heat guns are good for shrinking any heat wrap you place around wires. We sell a large range of heat guns in our online store, the below listed is just one variety.

Desk Light and Magnifier

Magnifying lamp

This is an essential tool to have which will allow you to see your work properly. A magnifiying element in a lamp will help you to see into small spaces within the drone. We supply a large range of magnifying lamps in our online shop, the below listed is just one variety.

 

This list may seem like a large investment but these tools will last you a long period of time thanks to their high quality and production for tasks other than drone building and maintenance, including a variety of hobbies, DIY and home improvement tasks.