3D Printing

3D PrintShow 2013 & GrabCAD Launch 3D Printing Design Competition

Design-for-3D-print competitions abound, but few are more prestigious than that of the 3D PrintShow 2013, the year’s foremost 3D printing event in the UK capital. London boasts the world’s largest 3D printing store iMakr, hosts an exhibition dedicated to 3D printing at the world famous London Science Museum right now and much much more. And as Mike mentioned yesterday, 3DPI has been selected for Best Business Newcomer Award at the 3D Printshow’s inaugural awards ceremony!

The challenge here though, hosted by the 3D Printshow team in collaboration with GrabCAD, is to design an ingenious household object that one would find in the kitchen, living room or bedroom of a typical home and rework it for 3D printing, with a focus upon making the design unique and functional. Tips include redesigning something that you wouldn’t normally think to 3D print; create fresh, functional products; seek to surprise and delight those with an appreciative eye for design in the home.

3d printshow 2013

The design competition is a challenge that is open to everyone: multiple entries are acceptable; team entries are welcome – the prize will be transferred to the team leader. Participants may only win one prize per Challenge, which ends on November 1st, 2013 ahead of the start of the show on November 7th.

Winning designs will be chosen based on the rules and requirements as below. Winners will be announced at the 3D PrintShow on November 7th, with the jury comprising experts from 3D Printshow and GrabCAD. The prize is not the only prize: winning designs will be 3D printed and showcased at the 3D Printshow to be seen by the many thousands of visitors that are expected across the three days.

Tag your entry with “3dprintshow” when uploading to GrabCAD. If you submit through the “Submit entry” button, this should be added automatically. Only entries with a valid tag will be entered, similarly only entries uploaded to GrabCAD through the “Submit entry” button on this Challenge page will be considered as an entry. If you think an entry may infringe on existing copyrighted materials email [email protected].

Requirements –

You must include:

  • STEP or IGES version
  • STL version optimized for 3D printing
  • Rendering of your design

You are encouraged to include:

  • Native CAD file format
  • Why your design is unique and functional
  • How you rethought things for 3D printing
  • Any additional renderings

The winning design will be:

  • 3D-printable
  • Unique, distinguished design
  • A household object

Source: GrabCAD