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GrabCAD Community Platform 3D Printed Drone Competition

Drones are pretty cool technology. The same can be said for 3D printing as well. That’s why you get something particularly awesome when you blend the two, and thats exactly what the GrabCAD team did with their “Generate-GrabCAD Quadcopter Challenge.”

We’ve seen GrabCAD team up with Stratasys for 3D printing challenges, but this time, the digital manufacturing hub has joined with topology optimization software company Frustum, focused on developing the latest design tools through its Generate software platform, for a joint challenge. Yesterday, Frustum announced the winners of the Generate-GrabCAD Quadcopter Challenge. The challenge, which was hosted on GrabCAD’s Community platform, asked participants to use the cloud-based generative design Generate software, and traditional CAD modeling software, to make an optimized, 3D printed quadcopter airframe design.

Designers were tasked to utilize constraint-driven design methodology to make a lightweight quadcopter.

First Prize

In first place, from Alicante, Spain, is Salva Serrano, co-founder of architectural and design studio Ootro Estudio, which specializes in both digital manufacturing and 3D modeling. His winning quadcopter optimization design addressed all the challenge requirements, and also added in helpful features to assist with the important takeoff and landing, like legs and feet. He explained that he was “surprised” by Generate’s speed and ease-of-use, and believes it to be “a very useful tool for designers that look for structural efficiency and material savings.”

Second Prize

Carlos Fuentes, from the United States, took second place with his all-black quadcopter. The judges explained that his futuristic entry, with a rigid airframe that could survive a crash or two, relied on his ability to post-process Generate results, as well as working with meshes.

Third Prize

Hailing from Schiedam, Netherlands, third place winner Michael van der Bent, an improvement engineer with ThyssenKrupp Accessibility, demonstrated through his design process that he searched for the right balance between airframe mass and performance for his Topologie Optimised Quadcopter. The judges wrote that they appreciated the decision-making processing and documentation van der Bent submitted with his design. His rigid airframe will protect the payload, and the internal electronics.


Serrano received a cash prize of $2,500, while Fuentes won $1,000 and van der Bent received $500; all three received a free subscription to the Generate platform.

Frustum-GrabCAD 3D Printed Quadcopter Challenge Winners Announce

GrabCAD LogoAbout GrabCAD

GrabCAD makes life easier for product designers, engineers, students, and manufacturing professionals.

Since 2010, millions of engineers have made our Community their own by sharing CAD files and design tips, participating in design challenges, or downloading free CAD models to avoid starting from scratch.We also host two free apps: Workbench and Print.

Workbench makes it easy for anyone to manage projects and share CAD files while Print allows for Stratasys printer owners to make their 3D printing process modern, intuitive, and accessible.

We’re investing heavily in the GrabCAD platform to make it the place to go for all things product design and manufacturing.

While GrabCAD is sure to grow and change, our makeup never will. We know CAD. We know 3D printing and additive manufacturing. We know what it’s like to do your job. And we’re committed to building apps that will make your job a lot easier.

By |2017-08-31T15:23:30+00:00June 15th, 2017|DIY, Drone Construction, Drones|Comments Off on GrabCAD Community Platform 3D Printed Drone Competition

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