Feb.16, 2013

what personal transportation will look like in 2040? MakerBot Industries, the Brooklyn, New York-based 3D printer manufacturer, partnered with GrabCAD to run a 3D Printer Challenge asking auto enthusiasts to design vehicles for the future, including cars, motorcycles, planes and spacecraft.

This week, six winners out of 151 entries were announced.

1st Place

The first prize, which MakerBot called a "futuristic aerodynamic flying spacecraft that combines gorgeous curves with hot rod triple exhaust and spoilers" was created by user "Omega" from Germany. He named the creation "Alpha" and described the Alpha as

"After solving the energy crisis with cold fusion in 2039, scientists made two very important breakthroughs in energy storage and propulsion. A new type of capacitor with an enormous energy density of 1MWh/dm^3 emerged out of a billon dollar project. Secondly, a highly advanced circular magnetoplasmadynamic thruster (cMPD) entered a practical stage. It works by accelerating hydrogen atoms very efficient almost to the speed of light. Through the relativistic mass dilatation, which occurs at such particle velocities, only a very small amount of working mass has to be carried along the vehicle. In 2040 the prototype Alpha, utilizing this technology, was built in cooperation with MakerBot Industries. The first flight beat all expectations. From then on it was an ease taking off vertically and flying out into space. Only a year later, the Alpha consumer product came to the market. Traffic was quickly heaved into the third dimension, and after two decades, massive autonomous cargo ships left earth heading towards Mars to initiate large-scale terrafomation. …And so a new area for mankind began."

(Images credit: Omega)

Omega won a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer.

2nd Place

Gaberiel Ortin of Canada is second-place winner with his 2040 Direct Drive vehicle. His design features a rigid, lightweight construction and is entirely operated with by-wire technology. He believes people will always have a desire to drive, even though the future vehicles will be driveless.

(Credit: Gaberiel Ortin)

3rd Place

Matthew Gueller took third place with a personal hot rod motorcycle "with a look toward the year 2040 as a rugged and stable vehicle to ride the ground."

(Credit: Matthew Gueller)

4th Place

4th Place Firanse R3 by Luis Cordoba is an affordable, personalized and ecological solution for all vehicles fans. "This concept vehicle consists of two parts, the first one is the cab that holds the seats, batteries and the principal controls, and second part are the modular wheels that have the engines, brakes, suspension and direction system." This design has been downloaded 405 times, much more than other winners.

(Credit: Luis Cordoba)

5th Place

The sampa by Brian T. Acton in the U.S. is the fifth winner. It is also popular model for downloading. This Jet powered 'motorcycle' is designed to fit into small spaces and yet carry a top speed comparable to an aircraft.

(Credit: Brian T. Acton)

6th Place

Marcos in Mexico took sixth place with his LB1, a personal flying vehicle, rounded on all sides for easy maneuverability and with a closed cockpit door for safety and wind resistance.

(Credit: Marcos)

All models were 3D printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer. Which one is your favorite? The plans of each model can be downloaded on GrabCAD.

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

 

 

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