Paper Airplane Design Tool

Paper airplane design is as much fun as actually flying them. Because of that we’ve added a cool new page where you can easily develop and create your own unique planes right here, and save them to print or share later. This page makes it fun and easy to create unique planes and try different blueprints for a variety of flight types. If you’re on a quest to create your own 100 Best Paper Airplane Designs, then this is the tool for you.

This cool tool is a derivative of the original at Red Bull Paper Wings, and was developed by Andre Anaya over at Less I encourage everyone to check out Red Bull’s awesome paper airplane competitions which are held every three years (again this year in 2015). Students from universities across the world vie for the title of World Champion in several categories. It’s not only the largest world paper airplane championship, its the only world-wide competition that I know of, and Red Bull goes all out to make it an event to remember.

You can try your hand at creating a new plane design by visiting the builder here.

Paper Airplane Design

Paper Airplane DesignThe tool is, of course, limited in complexity due to the unique way that we fold planes equally on both sides. That symmetrical requirement makes it very difficult to develop a design tool that allows you to create, say, the Nakamura Lock.

However, for long distance paper airplanes this tool will be helpful. Most people will find this page to be a load of fun. Kids especially will love being able to apply different wing angle and surface area to make totally new paper airplane templates. It doesn’t include on-page paper airplanes instructions, that’s where your own ideas and creativity come in to play.

The first thing you’ll notice when you land on the design page is that there are instructions on the left side and control buttons on the right. See photo below.

Paper Airplane Outline

Step 1 Paper Airplane Design

When you land on the page you’ll see a blank sheet of paper with a center crease already placed. This tool only allows you to create planes that are designed with equal folds of the left and right sides. As you move your mouse over the page you’ll see where the fold line will be when you left click on your mouse. The fold on the left side will fold in an identical place when you select the fold. If you don’t like it, simply click on “Undo Folds” on the right side.

After your first fold you’ll again see the lines appear on the page and you can select where you want the next fold to occur. You can repeat this step until you’re happy with the paper plane sketch.

Step 2 Paper Airplane Design

After you click on “Go To Next Step” your plane will fold in half and be situated upright. Before you start making your body and wing creases, you can rotate the plane by moving around it with your mouse by clicking and holding the left mouse button down. When you’re ready to apply creases, simply double-click on the paper airplane and it will turn blue. While its blue you can click and hold the left mouse button to open or close the folded paper airplane.

Now you have to decide where you want the wings and body to be folded down. You can have more than one crease in your design, too. Click on the “Make Crease” button and a new line tool will appear on your plane. As you move your mouse over the plane you can adjust where the line will appear. It takes some getting used to, but in no time you’ll have it mastered. When you have the line where you want to fold the wings down, click on your left mouse button and it will set the line. You can activate the crease tool again by selecting it, if you want to have more than one body/wing fold. Most planes use just one fold here, however.

Final Step of Paper Airplane Design

After you’ve created your new blueprint you can click on “Go To Next Step” and from there you can click on “Save Plane” which will save a picture of your design to your computer. Afterwards you can print it out to use as a reference or to show others.

I hope you like this new tool helpful and that you’ll share it so that others can find it, too. Many thanks.