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Drone Flight Planning with 3D Models | Hammer Missions

Drone Flight Planning from 3D Models | Hammer Missions
Drone Flight Planning from 3D Models | Hammer Missions


What if you could plan a 3D mapping flight plan by using an existing 3D model that you had previously captured?

Here at Hammer Missions, we have implemented importing an existing 3D model into your flight planning workflow so that you can visualise the structure in 3D space to make your planning more accurate.

In this post, we will look at how you achieve this.

Drone Flight Planning Using 3D Models

This tutorial assumes that you already have an existing 3D Model to use for flight planning.

1: Open Hammer Hub and go to flight planning. Open an existing project or create a new one at the desired area where you already have the existing 3D map.

flight planning

2: Choose the mission you wish to fly, in this example, we will recreate the 3D Mapping Mission.

hammer missions modules

3: Plan your mission

hammer missions parameters

4: With your mission now planned you can add your 3D Model overlay. Select Add Floor/Site Plan on the right side menu, highlighted below in red.

3D Mapping

5: Now select Import Previous Map or Model from the pop-up

Import existing 3D model

6: Selecting this will bring up your previously captured models, select the model that is relevant to your flight plan.

existing 3D model

7: Once selected you will receive a message telling you that the model will be visible in 3D view. Press OK

8: Now you can simulate the mission by pressing the play button on the right hand side

9: You will now see the 3D view at the bottom right-hand side of the screen including your existing 3D model.

10: Select the full-screen icon on the small 3D model to see your flight on the main planning page.

Flight plan with 3D Models
Flight plan with 3D Models

11: From here you are able to rotate the 3D map as the simulated flight is running to make sure your flight plan is correct. You are able to switch back to the planning screen and make the relevant adjustments and re-run the mission in simulation.

For further information please watch our video tutorial below:


In this post, we looked at How to create a drone flight plan in Hammer Missions using existing 3D Models.

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