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3D-Printed Cubic Kite Shouldn’t Fly But Does

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At first when you look at this strange looking kite, you’d think that it wouldn’t be able to get airborne, because of its shape and complexity. But this somewhat large, cubic structure is fully capable of flight.

3d printed cubic kite flying sasha reading heather ivan morison

It was created by the UK-based designers Sash Reading, Heather and Ivan Morison. They’ve dubbed it Three Cubes Collide and it was made from 1,700 3D-printed pieces, which were engineered and fabricated by Queen & Crawford. The kite uses a lightweight and durable fabric called Cuben Fiber to help keep it airborne.

I don’t know about you, but I think this thing is kind of awesome to see in flight. The modular design is supposedly scalable, so regardless of the size you print, due to its lightweight materials and carbon fiber rods, it should float.

3d printed cubic kite flying sasha reading heather ivan morison

What’s next, 3D-printed airships?

3d printed cubic kite flying sasha reading heather ivan morison

[via designboom]



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