The “Make it Fly” competition has finally landed, and we’re excited about the 540 remarkable entries we received! From the mythical dragons to boomerangs that always find their way back, you’ve all submitted airborne devices that once again show us that the sky is indeed the limit when it comes to 3D printable design. Airplanes, helicopters, quadcopters, gliders, and other machines that defy gravity – the judging process was indeed both challenging and fun!
Now, without further ado, let’s unveil the winners of the “Make it Fly” competition! We hope their accomplishments will encourage you to continue reaching for the sky! Warning: Be prepared for more flying-related puns ahead! 🙂
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated!
The skies have spoken, and the ultimate winner of our competition has emerged from a minimalistic yet powerful submission: a 3D-printed flying dragon. This mythical creature, crafted with a charming fusion of innovation and creativity, has taken flight in the realm of 3D printing. We love the model because it is not only easy to print but also flies exceptionally well and overall is visually striking! Version 2.1, with 100% infill and some tail fin bending, is well-balanced and smoothly soars through the air, as the author proclaims.
The Night Fury (including all its accessories) earned sevro a brand-new MK3S+ kit – congratulations!
Toroidal Rotor 4 Strong Flying Propeller by Meister Edel
Swooping in to claim the second place is a Toroidal Rotor Flying Copter Toy. This revamped design, featuring toroidal rotors, has given the original copter a serious upgrade in both performance and aesthetics. With four versions available to accommodate different nozzle sizes, every user can customize the copter according to their own preferences. Congratulations to Meister Edel for the second place, and happy flying to all those eager to take it for a spin.
We are sending three spools of Prusaments or 1050 Prusameters your way, Meister Edel!
Stable Flyer VI – Small Toy Glider by João Hackbart
Securing third place is the Stable Flyer VI, a small and elegant toy glider. Simple, one-piece design makes it easy to print and fly right away. The charm of this toy lies in its lightweight and streamlined construction, allowing it to effortlessly soar through the air both indoors or outdoors, especially with detailed, experimentally approved flight instructions from its maker.
Two spools of Prusament or 700 Prusameters just for the aircraft master João Hackbart!
In recognition of the efforts of those who didn´t make it to first places, the top five designers (excluding those that have already secured top prizes) with the highest number of makes have each been awarded 350 Prusameters, further celebrating your outstanding talent and dedication.
Hollow Flying Ring
Ultralight 2gram Glider
Ultralight One-Piece Whirlybird
Thanks to all participants of our contest!
6 Replies to “Make it fly! Contest Winners”
Its amazing, Congrats. also first comment
To say the truth, I’m quite disappointed with the results. There were really many “wow” models in the competition on which their authors spent weeks or even months to design them… and the winners are the most simple designs that I don’t even want to reproduce because they are boring and will fly to the trash after a couple of uses… except for the night dragon that looks really nice and can be used as a decoration. Well, it’s a matter of taste, of course, I’m not going to offend the respected winners and their models, it’s just imho 🙂 Giving prizes to the models “with the highest number of makes” is also a mistake, because it’s evident that 99% of people here are willing to print 0-5 grams models that can be printed in 10 minutes or so, and the list of the winners with most makes just confirm this perfectly. The fact that many people printed something just because it was easy and fast to print and cost nothing doesn’t make this model outstanding! Just a few people will bother themselves printing a model that needs many days to assemble, and even if they decide to make it, these makes will appear in weeks or months after the contest is finished. So, I think the most cool models of this contest are not covered in this winners page 🙁 Jury should revise their approach in winners selection next time… And those who really want to make something amazing that flies will have to revise all the 506 entries themselves… haha!
I agree with you, I’d be curious to know what parameters they considered during the judging. I have a feeling they have little to do with the ingenuity and skill of the designer.
Also kinda agree. Saw a lot of models that I think we’re more impressive than some of these.