Drone-making supremos DJI have launched a new design competition with online 3D printing bureau Shapeways for its latest competition: to create a 3D printed accessory to attach to Phantom drone that can aid first responders in their search and rescue efforts.
Shape ways suggests that 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 your 3D printed drone modification,” explained a Shapeways spokesperson at the launch.
The winning entrant will receive a DJI Phantom 4 and $1,000 in Shapeways 3D printing credit, while three runners up will receive $500 in Shapeways credit.
Current entries include floating buys to enable a water landing, holders for lighting emergency flares over a location, and extendable legs.
All the prize winners will be announced at the New York City Makerfaire, 1 October 2016 and their designs demoed live on site before being donated to the a California fire department.
The contest is open to Shapeways users in the UK, United States, Canada (except Quebec) Australia (Except Tasmania) New Zealand, Netherlands and Germany. Full terms and conditions can be found here.