Drone company DJI and Shapeways – a 3D-printing service and marketplace headquartered in Manhattan, N.Y. – have announced the winners of a design contest to create unique, 3D-printed accessories to help use drones for search-and-rescue (SAR) purposes.
The grand-prize winner is Jack Frost of Frost Design from London, who designed an exoskeleton, the EXO 1. The EXO 1 – a rugged, lightweight exoskeleton for the DJI Phantom drone – provides improved visibility during the day or night, a SAR lighting system, a carabineer mount rig for carrying payloads, and a magnetic payload release.
Frost won $1,000 in Shapeways printing credit and a DJI Phantom 4 drone.
The three runners-up were Cary Lucier of SAR3DP, who designed a self-releasing rescue delivery capsule; Haydn Bao and Warren Alexander, with a design for a “search and whistle”; and Jet Townsend, also with SAR3DP, who designed a dye marker bomb/buoy.
The runners-up each got a $500 Shapeways printing credit.
“These new innovations mean improvements to search and rescue missions with fewer first responders put at risk,” says Eli Morgan Harris, DJI’s business development director.
“Having partnered with DJI, we challenged designers to channel their creativity and 3D design abilities to create life-saving modifications that may have otherwise been unexplored,” adds Andrew Thomas, Shapeways’ community manager. “We recognize the incredible talent of the maker community and are excited to continue seeing their innovation rise to challenges like these.”