Ever since we decided to make the Crazyflie available as a kit we have looked at different possibilities for manufacturing and selling it. Because we don’t have much time to spend (due to that we all have daytime jobs…) and rather spend or time doing development, we needed someone that could take care of manufacturing and selling it.
During development we have been cooperating with Seeedstudio for prototype manufacturing and component sourcing. We were really pleased with their work so we decided to continue the cooperation to also let them manufacture and sell the Crazyflie and the USBRadio dongle.
Currently the plan is to start out with a small series of 100 kits which will be a “DIY” version. The motors/battery has to be soldered and the motor mounts attached. If you have some soldering skills it won’t be a problem to assemble. The next step would then be to increase the volume and also offer a RTF kit where everything is assembled. The reason for not doing the RTF kit from the beginning is that it’s more time consuming since we have to specify testing requirements and packaging for the platform.
As for the price we still have no number but our hope are that it will be in the 100-200USD range. Since we are still working on the motor mounts and we are unsure of the assembly/testing cost for the platform we don’t know for sure how much the units will cost to produce. Once this is clear we will post more info of the pricing for the different kits (DIY/RTF and USBRadion dongle).