iMaterialize announces winners of its 3D printing drone challenge

3D printing company iMaterialize announces the winners of its 3D-printed drone contest:

We’re thrilled to unveil the 3D printed models of the three winners: Biohazard Tracker by Pascal Breton, APHID by Brian Hamilton and Octobot by Tom Willekens. The 3D printed drones are ready to fly high in the sky!

Biohazard Tracker by Pascal Breton
Pascal’s drone depicting the internationally-recognized biohazard symbol was designed on Autodesk’s Maya software with a noble mission: to access disaster-affected areas and assist with humanitarian aid. Many places that need developmental aid are not easily accessible because the infrastructure was destroyed in a disaster or it simply does not exist. As people are beginning to using drones for development aid, Biohazard Tracker’s goal is to open up new possibilities of 3D printing with a humanitarian purpose.

Biohazard Tracker by Pascal Breton

Biohazard Tracker by Pascal Breton

APHID (Aerially Propelled Hexagonal Isotropic Drone) by Brian Hamilton

Brian surprised us with his mind-blowing Arthropoda slot car design, and now he’s back with Aerially Propelled Hexagonal Isotropic Drone (APHID). This hexagonal drone with bone-like frames gives an impression as if it was an unknown creature from another planet.

APHID by Brian Hamilton

APHID by Brian Hamilton

Octobot by Tom Willekens

Tom Wilekens, designer of this original drone said, “I thought it would be fun to see a sea creature flying in your living room.” And yes, Octobot is a flying octopus! It has 6 tentacle arms holding “bombs” which function as the sockets for the drone rotors. The cables can run through the cable guides build into the tentacles.

Octobot by Tom Willekens

Octobot by Tom Willekens

With more than 30 drone models submitted, picking only three winners was quite tough. We’d like to thank all of the contestants who joined this challenge. And don’t forget that you can 3D print your drone with a 10% discount! We will soon send you a promotion code via email. If you wish to purchase a Flexbot Hexacopter too, you can get more information on here.

The prize package for the three winners are a Flexbot Hexacopter, Autodesk premium membership and, of course, the 3D printed model of each drone. Congratulations once again Pascal, Brian and Tom! Download an app to control your Flexbot Hexacopter here, and enjoy flying your very own drone.

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Comment by Tipu on May 26, 2014 at 3:10pm


Comment by Jack Crossfire on May 26, 2014 at 6:14pm

It's a new age when accessing a disaster area requires a biohazard shaped frame.  3D Robotics needs a lettuce shaped frame to truly be ag compliant.

Comment by Randy on May 26, 2014 at 7:18pm

Pretty Cool.  I was thinking that DIYDrones might want to make the next T3 competition a 3d-printed-drone challenge.  What might be different about a DIYDrones event is that it would likely have more of a focus on the praction / engineering advantages that we can get out of 3d printing a vehicle and also one of the main goals would be to share the knowledge of those experts in the community who have already done this.

The idea might be that people pick any purpose they want and then design an entry around that.  It might be strength, flight time, safety, ability to seamlessly integrate some sensors or cameras, etc.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on May 27, 2014 at 11:39am

Love the octopus one!

However, I've seen what Leonard has done and he wins any 3D printed frame competition if he enters. ;)


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