This week saw the second edition of the 3D Printing Event in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. And among the many highlights, one in particular stood out — the Design Challenge for the GrabCAD Community. The aim of the challenge is to highlight new talent and to demonstrate that 3D printing can be consumer-friendly.
The design brief was simple: “Suppose you had a 3D printer at home. Design the first consumer product you would like to 3D print and use.” The thinking behind this is that many household items are perfectly functional and suitable for their application but in the hands of a designer or an engineer, it can be improved in so many ways, and all of a sudden the ordinary can become something quite extraordinary, particularly when it is enable by a 3D printer at home.
During the run up to the 3D Printing event, 337 entries were submitted for the Design Challenge. The organisers behind the event were tasked with the tough job of judging all of the entries and selecting the winners.
And the results came in as follows:
First Prize went to Luis Daniel Ibarra for his Inhaler for Children with Asthma. Luis is from Mexico and the original intent of this design was to make an inhaler that was attractive to overcome the stigma of having to use an inhaler. Luca’s prize for winning the challenge is his very own Leapfrog Creatr 3D Printer! And here at 3DPI we look forward to seeing what he does with it.
Third Prize went to Bob Spikman for his Bike Hook designed to eliminate the need to balance grocery bags on the handle bars of a bike on the ride home. Quite inspired really — and a well deserved placing for which Bob will receive a 3D printed model of his design from Shapeways.
The organisers of the 3D Printing Event and GrabCAD as sponsors were subsequently keen to thank everyone that submitted a design to the competition.