Sycamore seed model

by mrbenbritton, published

Sycamore seed model by mrbenbritton Apr 23, 2013
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This is functional copy of a sycamore seed. It really flies!

Have you ever wanted to find the perfect one that flies the best? This is your chance to design it. And the best thing, once you have found the right design you can always print another when it blows away.


The construction for this was inspired by the PaperFly. It worked very nicely for me first try. I just taped a bit of tissue paper across by build platform and printed. Trimmed with scissors and it worked.

The outing of the wing was designed in Inkscape, the leading edge is on the "spine" layer and will be printed thicker than the trailing edge on the "veins" layer.

The 3D build up was done with OpenSCAD. The seed is pure OpenSCAD, the rest is extruded from the DXF. Getting your work from Inkscape into OpenSCAD is a bit tricky see;http://repraprip.blogspot.co.nz/2011/05/inkscape-to-openscad-dxf-tutorial.html

Or try: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:25036 (haven't tried it yet but it looks good).

This is my first try, it flies but I know I could do a lot better. At a different stage of life this could have made the basis of an honors project.

Please post your best design!

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What settings did you use to print them?
Mine seemed to tail heavy and did not fly very well.

It was a long time ago, I can't remember. I did print them in PLA with minimal infill. I also used very light tissue paper for the wing.

The printed ones did fly, but never as well as most natural ones.

Too bad you don't know the difference between a Maple seed and a Sycamore. You made Maple seeds.

One last thing, Why is it?, out of the 5 comments you have left for the community over 50% are rude?, Not only rude but you are also incorrect. I think this user should be marked as a troll and removed.

Too bad your remark made you look like an ignorant fool.

So many comments on such a peripheral issue.

My 2 cents:
Sycamore is a common name. Where I live (Wellington, New Zealand) the name refers to Acer pseudoplatanus. Maple tends to refer to Acer palmatum, I have one of these as well but it has never set seed.

Ref (common name, first one in the table):

what a snide remark...

This may be my favourite of everything on this site.