We've created our own version of the ornithopter by Leonardo Da Vinci. In this instructable we're going to explain how to make your own!
Step 1: Collecting Materials
for the ornithopter you'll need the following materials, measurements are in the file.
- coffee stir sticks (+/- 7)
- beads (we've used perler beads, +/- 7)
- rubber band
- coffee filter or tissue paper (2)
a glue gun will come in handy but superglue will do as well
you'll also need needle nosed plyers to bend the wires
Step 2: Building the Body & the Wing-frame
for this step you'll need the wooden pieces of 1 inch, 2,5 inch and 4,5 inch
glue all the parts together as seen in the picture, don't forget the beads. 4 beads on the upper side and 3 beads lower side.
take the 2 pieces of 5 inch. Bend the wire as in the picture and glue them together.
Step 3: The Tail
take the 3 wooden pieces of 3,5 inches and glue them so that you have an equilateral triangle.
glue it to the body and attach coffee filter/tissue paper
don't forget the small hook (see picture), it is made of the 1,25 inch long wire
Step 4: The Drive Mechanism
first bend the 2,25 inch wire as shown in the picture
then make 2 small holes with a small hand drill in the wooden pieces of 2,1 inches.
put them all together and when you wind up the rubber band it shoud flutter
Step 5: Finishing Touch
Now you'll only need to cut the wings so that they’re 5,3 inch (13,5 cm) wide and 3,9 inch (10 cm) long (as you see in the picture).
glue them on the wing-frame, wind up the rubber band by rotating the drive mechanism and you're ready to go!!!!
tip: don't throw it too fast
we have made our own adjustments to the design, this was our inspiration
Emsaid, Ornithopter www.instructables.com/id/Ornithopter/