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 Yusuf Pirgali on December 5, 2012 at 11:30am

Variable Pitch props are definately the way to go..

Comment by Copter Richie on December 5, 2012 at 12:45pm

The Matrix anyone? This is just too futuristic.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on December 5, 2012 at 12:50pm

Gorgeous.  Chris, when he gets back, hire him.  Produce things that look like that and leapfrog DJI. ;)

Comment by LanMark on December 5, 2012 at 12:52pm

interesting... got to love the power of 3d printing.

Comment by Jason Short on December 5, 2012 at 2:17pm

Hate to say it, but you've discovered Industrial Design. We all had to do this type of work in school. The only thing is when I was in school, I didn't have a computer until I bought a 486 my senior year. We did renderings of our work and machined them out, although most of the work was done manually. Now kids in school have access to an overwhelming array of tools and spend either all of their time learning to use them, or avoiding them and focusing on research and strategy projects. It seems fewer students are graduating with core design skills and a well balanced process.

If you would have asked me 8 years ago I would have said Industrial Design is dead. Actually I still think it is for the most part. Rising from its ashes is a new hybrid of Interaction designer / Industrial designer. The old industrial designer has been marginalized to an M&P (materials and finishes) expert or an iPhone case designer...

The average person who becomes a hardware entrepreneur will find themselves re-inventing everything that ID folks have practiced for a long time, and they won't be that great at it. It's the desktop publishing dilemma all over again. I worked at a place where the graphic and production designers still used waxers to do layout and they abhorred the new tools which enabled non-designers to create ugly layouts so easily.


Comment by LanMark on December 5, 2012 at 2:25pm

Not sure if I agree or disagree with your comments Jason.. I mean never before could you own a 3D printing machine to do the type of industrial design that only schools and businesses had access and resources to own.  Now you have the ability to do in your own time and space for your own needs/wants.   I think like most trade areas that they are never dead just in the process of reinventing itself... much like print, eInk, video game consoles,  or whatever.

when people are building and designing things for their own person use/gain then I think everything you are talking about is different.   What you talk about, is industrial design for profit based entities...  not printing a new broom handle because you broke your' other.. or creating a whole new broom that works better for your requirements.  Thats why I think this is something entirely new and not 'just the same old thing' which it seems you classify it under.

Comment by LanMark on December 5, 2012 at 2:27pm

Often industrial design leads to making everything so generic to make it more marketable for a larger general audience...  however with 3D printing it's quite the opposite.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on December 5, 2012 at 2:42pm

Jason, I think I agree with what you're saying.  But the point of my comment is that this is a refreshing change of multirotor design.  It's not "a bunch of sticks, plates and bolts in bag" design.  I've been waiting for MR's to get enough volume to start doing some real production designs that look good.

DJI has recently released the Phantom, which probably the first full scale production MR that isn't stick and plate.  It's a nice looking design.  Very bland however.  Looks like Apple designed it.

What this guy has done is actually very attractive.

Comment by Patch Thompson on December 5, 2012 at 2:46pm

Looks great, but does form meet function? Or is this just a demonstration of aesthetic/creative abilities? There doesn't seem to be any significant engineering that warrants a technical advantage, over a simple tube-frame design, IMHO. Nice concept to execution, but beyond pretty, what does it offer? 

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

@R_Lefebvre do you have a url for this DJI?   I don't see it anywhere.


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