Back in October, Ashima bought a 3D printer from MakerBot. In recent years, 3D printers have dramatically fallen in price and now offer a really cool, cheap means of prototyping small hardware. Although not capable of printing a whole “puck” flier in one go, it is able to build the modular components that comprise a full size “puck.” And here’s the first completed prototype model. A lot of work is still needed to demonstrate that we can get the necessary thrust-to-weight at this scale, but the shape model has already proven useful in getting tactile feedback on the size of vehicle that would be useful in the field. The printed concepts are also useful for crafting prototypes of system components before going out to more expensive fully-functional prototype manufacturing. Click to see more of the story for a couple of extra photos including a size comparison with the current quad flier.