Mechanical Ornithopter

by JordivanEs
Mechanical Ornithopter 3d printed Accessories Vehicles The crankshaft mechanism
The crankshaft mechanism
  • White

    White nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.

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Leonardo Di Ser Piero, born in Vinci, Italy, was perhaps the first European with a practical solution to flight in ca. 1485. One of his early designs was an ornithopter powered by human muscle by pulling strings, one for each wing. Leonardo did find out fast he needed something else than human strenght. I replaced Leonardo's idea for a crankshaft mechanism which powers the propellor and all three its wings.

The ornithopter comes fully assembled.

This ornithopter will not fly, this is just for decorative purposes. It must be handeled with caution. If you receive your ornithopter with its rear wing dislocated, you need to push the shaft gently aside to place it the right way. This is caused because of the printing process.


IN: 10.01 w x 2.885 d x 5.756 h
CM: 25.426 w x 7.328 d x 14.62 h


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@bartv Wow! Thats incredible, such honor! Thank you very much :D
March 25, 2013, 10:12 pm
I love this model. I'm getting one printed for the display of the Shapeways booth on Maker Faire Newcastle!
March 25, 2013, 11:13 am
@ChristianA Thank you very much! I'm glad you guys like it !
March 23, 2013, 12:55 pm
@JordivanEs oh wow this is incredible. Amazing job.
March 23, 2013, 3:09 am
Check it @ChristianA
March 21, 2013, 9:24 pm
Love it ! Great design skills detected :)
March 20, 2013, 11:39 pm


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