Shapeways and DJI are launching a contest challenging designers to help turn the Phantom 4 into the ultimate rescue drone and help save lives.
The challenge: design a 3D printed accessory that attaches to a DJI Phantom 4, which can be used to aid first responders in their search and rescue efforts. Check out the video.
One grand prize winner will receive a DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Quadcopter ($1,499 value) and $1,000 in Shapeways printing credits. Three runners up will receive $500 each in Shapeways 3D printing credit. The Grand Prize winner and three runner ups will be announced at the New York City Maker Faire, October 1, 2016 and their designs demoed live on site. All winning designs will be donated to the California Fire Department.
Deadline to enter is July 15, 2016. To submit your design to Shapeways, go here.
Why Participate: Severe weather and rough waters are classic hallmarks of ocean rescue, complicating an already challenging rescue operation -- finding a small body in a large body of water. By adding 3D printed accessories that can improve the drone’s visibility, carry payloads and land on water, first responders could cover more area, cutting response times while monitoring hard to navigate waters. More lives would be saved, and fewer first responders put at risk, all thanks to a 3D printed drone modification.