This is the site of Snap: the fitting room for modern vehicles of the mind, and birthplace of innovative quadcopter racing canopies. Designed and manufactured entirely in the United States, Snap products approach a tangible visual language that is both unforeseen and never before seen in the FPV community. They are intentionally limited, and factory custom, because if everybody on the starting line arms identical setups, no component-driven advantage can ever truly exist. Stock will be replenished, and canopies will be added to the existing catalog seasonally. Join the Snap email list for availability updates. Do not expect spam to appear in your inbox as a result of joining; meaninglessness belongs elsewhere.
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Snap is named after the North American alligator snapping turtle, Macrochelys temminckii, because of a proprietary, passively retractable camera design, Bleeding Shell™, that allows direct collisions with the lens of the FPV camera to eject it from its forward position. The function is similar to how a turtle's head is retracted in danger. The alligator snapper itself was selected for its classification as one of the largest living reptiles on the planet, and title holder of the strongest relative bite force in the animal kingdom, which represents the massive and powerful effect of Snap on quadcopter racing culture. Both the alligator snapper and the brand are beastly, formidable creatures, conceived and manufactured in North America.
Bleeding Shell protects the camera from crash damage and absorbs a direct collision by exchanging the shattering or crushing of the lens for physical work, allowing the camera to move back into a more protected area of the canopy. For this feature to be fully enabled, the camera mounting screws must be tightened only to the bare point of positional retention, and the camera must be in the foremost position. Stop tightening the screws at the first sign of reasonable resistance, and check to make sure the camera holds its position adequately by jolting the frame or canopy. When a satisfactory adjustment has been determined, remove the screws and apply a medium strength threadlocker to ensure they are firmly secured, then fasten them in their properly adjusted position. Adjust as necessary, and check every fastener on your quadcopter for proper torque before flight. Snap recommends loosening the camera up in practice, to maintain maximum component health during training sessions, and the use of a tighter setting for race day in case of an emergency recovery, where view could be hindered by a retracted camera following a crash.
Snap canopies are made out of an extremely durable and predictably elastic TPU material. This means no cracking in the cold, better vibration dampening for your camera than nylon could ever provide, extreme surface smoothness for better aerodynamics, and a chemical toughness to last a lifetime of rebuilds and iterations. These canopies have been tested to prevent all camera slippage unless you allow for it by adjusting the camera screws to utilize Bleeding Shell. Fully custom infill design ensures an optimized proportion between weight and rock-solid component protection, providing a true chemical roll cage. Delicate, high performance electronics can enjoy a functionally full lifetime thanks to consideration for applied mechanics that is not only evident in the microstructure of the material, but also the macrostructure of the printed shape itself. Every kit's printed bodywork is hand-finished individually, to ensure functional and aesthetic cohesion. A truly premium option, these kits are meant to stand the test of time with an elegant look that pairs evenly with a wide variety of components, and a durability factor prepared to combat the repetitive mechanical conditions racing quadcopters are naturally exposed to.
Snap deals in a limited, but growing, variety of racing quadcopter frames. They are selected based on popularity, quality, speed, and visual appeal. Snap only designs for bottom mounted (battery) racing frames, no exceptions. Each frame is provided an aerodynamically optimized canopy, which houses the included camera, electronic accessories, and a JST receptacle, with which to detach the canopy from the flight controller for maintenance and repairs. Threaded inserts allow the canopy to attach to the frame via stock hardware, unless otherwise stated in the product's description, which can be found by clicking the main product photo shown above. Snap canopies are only guaranteed to fit the provided camera for the respective kit, which must be fitted with the included stock lens for bleeding to function predictably.
Designed, manufactured, and assembled by the hands of true American craftspeople in the States, you can trust your Snap products to perform and outlast. However, the Snap failure team is approachable, reasonable, and down to earth. You will be contacted by a personal representative after purchasing a kit, who can handle any questions or concerns, or be told not to contact you further. If you prefer the more typical customer service process, an email is listed below for your convenience. Expect to see consideration in products, people, and service from Snap: for only the cost of shipping they will replace your product in the event of unusual product failure, occurring under normal usage circumstances (racing, or racing practice scenarios).
Some products in this industry are true miracles of design and engineering. If you think you have found one of these miracles in the form of a bottom mounted racing frame, and no mention of it exists on this site, please reach out to the latter email listed below. Tell Snap the story of your experience with the frame, and they might just agree.
Race UAVs are not playthings. Enjoy Snap products entirely at your own risk.