Hey! This thing is still a Work in Progress. Files, instructions, and other stuff might change!

Two Blade Propeller

by mechadense, published

Two Blade Propeller by mechadense Apr 30, 2011

Featured Thing!

Thing Info

7639Views 1489Downloads Found in Props
Report Thing


This thing is fully parameterizable and ment to be customized before printing.
It is optimized for supportless printing (blades are oriented vertically)
and designd out of two parts so that even on small buildspace printers pretty big propellers can be made.

Some ideas for improvement:

add grooves for ball bearings
design a fitting weather vane and a fitting mount
add butten-cell powerd laserpointers to get a free lasershow at squally new moon nights
generalize to 3 or more blades (4 noncoplanar should be easy)
alter the blade shapes to something less classic but more fancy
mount (suitable!) whistles to the tips (so your child wont be overheard when cycling), but don't forget the (slidable?) muting plugs then.

Or you might wanna go crazy and do something like this:

right now its just a toy but one could:

modify the blade to a more aerodynamic teardropshape
twist the blade
make a coupling for a dynamo
make the bladeangle physically adjustable

print a lot of them all with different random parameters in reasonable margins and mount them on a kind of "wind sculpture"

Again: the appended stl is only an example!


Print diagonally on build plattform for maximal size.

More from Props

view more

Thing Info

7639Views 1489Downloads Found in Props
Report Thing


Liked By

View All


Two Blade Propeller by mechadense is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag. Print Thing Tag

I Build Whirligigs out of wood using my laser. I am always looking for a better propeller and hope this will work. I will let you know.

If I want to change it do I use open scad or whatever goes with that extension? I was fooling around in sketchup to make a propeller and found it tricky. Will life be better in another product? Or am I just to novice in Sketchup? :)

Yes if you want to mingle with this model you use openscad. Its a small program so there's no hassle trying it out.
Its easy to swap a few numbers and see what happens to the model by pressing F5.
In your models: If you like to keep everything adjustable till the end and don't mind the more laborous but imo also more rewarding programming it might make your "life a little better".
(note: both sketchup and openscad don't deal too well with fluent free forms or highly overlapping geopetries)

Using it as an esthetically looking toy driven by the wind (no ball bearings) should be save because the speeds don't get too high I think. As it is now it is not really fit as a means of propulsion because it's blades are not optimized and even have rectangular crossections. If nevertheless anyone trys to mount it on a motor then PLEASE BE CAREFUL!! Note that the horizontal print orientation shoud lead to a pretty high tensile strenght in the axial direction. Do not print it upright. The print-layers would represent rated break points not to mention the resulting horrible overhangs.

I would so love to print propeller blades but it scares the hell out of me. I picture a crash where a normal propeller would break/snap, but a printed part either causes small bits to fly off at extreme speeds, or worse, part of the print extending into a long plastic line, still being spun like a weed wacker. It feels like a very dangerous idea. I'll be happy if it turns out that I'm wrong, but that's my fear.