Belgium: i.materialise, a Leuven (Belgium) based 3D modelling service provider, recently announced winners of its drone designing challenge. The company also showcased 3D printed models of the three winners — Biohazard Tracker by Pascal Breton, APHID by Brian Hamilton and Octobot by Tom Willekens — on its website. For the competition, the jury was tasked to select three winning designs from over 30 submissions. The prizes for the three winners are a Flexbot Hexacopter, Autodesk premium membership and the 3D printed model of each drone.
The winning drones are:
Biohazard Tracker by Pascal Breton
Pascal’s drone depicting the internationally-recognised biohazard symbol was designed on Autodesk’s Maya software with a mission to access disaster-affected areas and assist with humanitarian aid. 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.
APHID (Aerially Propelled Hexagonal Isotropic Drone) by Brian Hamilton
Brian surprised the jury with his 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.
Octobot by Tom Willekens
Tom Wilekens, designer of the Octobot drone put wings to the imagination and designed 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.