Its flaps and flutters and flies . . . surprisingly.
This remarkable flying machine from Japan was made by “a salaryman obsessed with making an ornithopter,” which sounds like just the sort of devoted maker we like. The flyer is mostly 3D printed except for two motors, the plastic sheeting for the wings, and a few bits of hardware.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this is how well it flies. It has the look of the early experiments with aviation that were so prone to crashing. This one flutters through the air fairly nimbly like an enormous, slow moving insect. Continue past the jump for images and an indoor test video that shows the flying motion better.