Online 3D models marketplace, CGTrader, has hosted some interesting design challenges in the past, like the 3D printed meme contest covered earlier this year, but their latest challenge has higher aspirations than finding a 3D printed Grumpy Cat. The shop’s 3D Printing Kids Challenge hopes to seek out the “Zuckerberg of 3D Printing” by sparking innovative ideas in young 3D designers and spurring the next generation of engineers.
The new challenge from CGtrader is meant to further introduce 3D printing to young people who are already learning to create 3D models, possibly inspiring them to invent something brilliant to solve everyday problems. Between August 22 and November 20, anyone under 14 is invited to design a 3D printable model that will improve their home life, school life, or leisure time.
Marius Kalytis, CEO of CGTrader.com, explains the motivation for the contest, “We believe that using 3D printing to bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds has a transformative impact on young children, who are at their most creative stage of development at this age. Our aim was to create a project for young aspiring 3D designers to connect and compete with their peers, create and share their ideas. The 3D Printing Kids Challenge is designed to facilitate that.”
The winner of the 1st place design will receive a BEETHEFIRST 3D printer from BEEVERYCREATIVE, as well as a Tinkercad pack (consisting of Autodesk Imagine & Design software, a Create book by Autodesk, and some swag), Leo the Maker Prince written by Carla Diana, a 3D printed model of the winner’s choice made by 3D Print UK, and a tutorial and various gifts from Blokify. The winner of best portfolio will get all of the above, except for the printer, but with an additional $100 to purchase a game from EA Games.
I know that, if I was a 14-year-old, I would be all over this contest. Only, I wouldn’t want to become the next “Zuckerberg of” anything and make some ad-filled, personal data siphoning device. Instead I’d probably shoot for the Buckminster Fuller or John Lennon/Yoko Ono of 3D printing with a Dymaxion bathroom design or maybe some sort of printable bed-in peace protest. To each his/her/zir own, I guess!