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DJI and Shapeways “Take Flight” event calls on community to create 3D printed drone accessories

DJI, the market leader in easy-to-fly drones, has partnered with Shapeways, the leading 3D printing service and marketplace, and Adam Savage of Mythbusters, to encourage community-driven designed DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 accessories in a competition.

DJI enters in a partnership with Shapeways and Adam Savage to foster creativity and better functionality of its products. Challenging the community to come up with accessories to support the flying platforms, users have already begun submitting entries, from accessories such as name-personalised visors and DJI logo-embedded lens hoods, to creative new functional applications such as a float and a spotlight.

After DJI and Shapeways narrow the entries down to a top 10, Adam Savage, a longtime Shapeways customer and DJI drone enthusiast, will pick a winner who will receive a Phantom 3 and $1,000 in Shapeways credit. Three designs will be chosen as runner-ups and will receive 50% off a DJI Phantom 3 and $500 in Shapeways printing credit.

Competition Details

Deadline for entries: July 1, 2015
To enter:

DJI has enabled its customers to design their own and unlocked endless creativity. This is in line with DJI’s commitment to allowing its users to create their own experience, highlighted by the recently released Software Development Kit (SDK). Through this partnership, DJI is further supporting its customers’ passion and innovation by highlighting some of the best community-designed accessories and opening up co-creation to its whole fan base. With this partnership, DJI is entering the world of 3D printing through the creativity of its own customers and will look to customer insights and passion to help shape its future.

“I’ve been making and modding my toys forever, and DJI drones are my latest obsession. Nothing makes a gadget even more useful (and exciting) than being able to customize and modify it to better fit how we use it,” Adam said. “As a longtime Shapeways customer, I’m excited to work with DJI and Shapeways to 3D print my own accessories, and see what else the 3D printing community comes up with to make DJI products even more useful than they already are.”

DJI leads the market in drone production and sales, and are continually updating models to better serve its customers. The recent launch of the Phantom 3 flight system showcases their advanced technology and innovation in the market. By acknowledging the unique creations Shapeways designers are making for their products, DJI is one of the first brands to truly support the maker community and the innovation that is produced on a daily basis.

“Although DJI aerial imaging platforms like the Phantom are ready-to-fly out of the box, we are excited by the vibrant, third-party accessory ecosystem that has developed around 3D-printed parts fulfilled by Shapeways,” Eric Cheng, General Manager, DJI said. “DJI’s philosophy is to enable creativity through advanced technology and part of that includes supporting creativity in maker modifications, whether they are 3D printed or accomplished via DJI’s Mobile App SDK.”

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