Guy renders gorgeous fantasy UAV, then 3D prints it

You may have seen this guy's stunning UAV design work before. They were just renders initially, but now he's started 3D printing them, too. I wish I had more details, but his contact page says "Performing military service now. I will reply to the mail as soon as possible. I've asked nevertheless and will let you know if I hear back.

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Comment by LanMark on December 5, 2012 at 2:49pm

nevermind I see it.  interesting


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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on December 5, 2012 at 4:19pm

Patch, well from what I see, the fuselage is much more aerodynamic than other designs.  Shock absorbers on the legs, the camera is a great position.  The shroud for the motors is nice.  The arm design isn't great, but doesn't look at bad as DJI's plastic arm on the S800 and F450.


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Comment by Sam Kelly on December 5, 2012 at 4:48pm
If you see racing stripes, they blew it.
Comment by Patch Thompson on December 5, 2012 at 4:53pm

Do aerodynamics really play a big part in a platform meant for fixed observation? Seems to have a pretty large cross profile. As for the shocks; in a hard landing, compression would crush that bottom module, and the added weight is a detractor from performance, no? The camera position is poor, IMHO, preventing unrestricted 360 panning from a fixed platform position. The gimbals proportions(ping-pong ball sized), seem unrealistic for any realistic imaging payload. Lastly, the variable pitch rotors are purely whimsical. Eye candy, for sure, but practical? Me thinks not. 

 Don't get me wrong, I'm all about great aesthetics. Just seems like a lot of extra bits to fix & haul around. good fodder for discussion, however.

Comment by c j g on December 5, 2012 at 4:59pm

Ok. Like the rendering more than DJIs phantom ...

pictures of the DJI

Comment by W. Joe Taylor on December 5, 2012 at 8:31pm
I like Dji's Phantom. Nice white body. smooth. Less than $700 out of he box. Includes gps ( but not sure what that means for way points). Have to agree with Patch on his design. Looks cool, but is it functional. And motor cowling looks too bulky. Still what do I know? I'm just a rat dog.

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Comment by Ruwan on December 5, 2012 at 9:56pm

May be little bit off-topic, any guesses on the software he used to design/render this?

Comment by Todd Hill on December 5, 2012 at 11:00pm

Gorgeous indeed, but functional? I think it has too many technical issues.  I think variable pitch is the way to go for sure, but the high performance servos needed to control pitch are current hogs.  High speed gimbal,  capsule release system,  dampening landing gear that look as if they should retract? I want to see video of something working.  Outside of that it mind as well be just a rendering.  Cool concept designs are not so much a challenge as actually building something that works.    

Comment by Tim Wilkin on December 5, 2012 at 11:37pm

Irrespective of whether its a truly functional design, or is one but cannot be realised yet, it is indeed a very inspirational design... and that's really what industrial design is about. Concept cars never make it to production, but ideas conceived and developed throughout the process and iterations of developing concept cars do, in part, make it into our every-day vehicles.

What I like about the easy access to equipment like 3D Printing, open source CAD/modelling software, etc., is that we'll start to see (and are seeing) the possibilities of having hundreds of thousands of people proposing ideas, formulating designs and producing artefacts for their concepts. Sure, it's likely to end up like the App Store, wherein only a very small proporotion of these products are profitable... however, there are jewels in the crowd or garbage and its these that inspire others to try harder in their own work. That's the true value of the work presented here, at least as far as I see it.

Comment by avionics on December 5, 2012 at 11:40pm

Beautiful Mind !

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