Want to get your design 3D printed in a flexible squishy new material we have been experimenting with?
Enter The Shapeways 3D Print Flex-Contest to get your own flexible, squishy 3D prints.
We have been playing with the material in the Shapeways office for the past few months, teased you with a video and given community members a chance to feel the material at our Meetups but now we want to give you a chance to get your models 3D printed in the flexible material.
Please note that this material is in a somewhat experimental phase for us so we are not sure exactly how the material will react to different geometries, stresses and levels of detail so your designs will help us to understand what is possible.
We are going to choose six winners in six different categories by six different judges from the Shapeways team
For the contest we have set some experimental design rules for the new material as follows
Minimum Wall: 1.0mm
Minimum Clearance: 1.0mm
Minimum Detail: 1.0mm
Maximum Size: 200 x 150 x 300mm
How To Enter
To enter the contest:
Upload a new design to Shapeways with the tag Flextest by 5pm EST the 11th of May 2012.
Your entry must have a total volume of less than 50cm3.
Upload a description of your design specifying the use/context.
Innovative Use of Material: Judge: Nancy Liang
Design for Squishability: Judge: Duann Scott
Best Product Hack: Judge: Charlie Maddock
Best Kitchen Related Design: Judge: Christian Arca
Fashion and Jewelry: Judge: Carine Carmy
Chindogu - Exceedingly Non-Functional: Judge: Mary Huang
Terms and Conditions:
Free prize draw, closing date, 11th of May 2012, 5pm EST.
Winners will receive their 3D print in the flexible material.
The winner be notified in writing by May 15, 2012.
No purchase necessary.
Entry must be a new design uploaded between April 11 and May 11th.
By entering this competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the conditions.
No cash or other alternative prizes available.
The prize draw is not open to Shapeways employees or their families.
The promoters decision is final
Indicative Material Qualities
Durable and Tear Resistant
Long Term Stability/Memory
Material does not dissolve in hydrocarbons, ketones, ethers or alcohols, but may lose some mechanical properties. May swell in some solvents or solvent mixtures.
We will be using the results of the contest to work out the best design rules, printing cost, color to print in and naming of the material so your feed back is really appreciated. We are really looking forward to seeing your new designs.
We will check the temp stats for you.
The material also has a powdery ness that makes it a little unsettling in contact with food as particles may come loose.
The previous rubbery material was classified food safe but I am not sure about this one
How well might this material work with a design that had a magnet to be inserted into it post-printing? I'm just worried it might be too squishy. Also, what's the abrasion resistance of it as well, like would it deteriorate pretty quickly after a few scratches or could it hold up to some abuse? Thanks!
I see you printed various version of the Stich Bracelet (with a wire diameter of 2mm and 1.5mm I would say). I am wondering: is the meterial flexible enough to remove (without breaking it) an entire row from the bracelet? If it is the case then you could break apart two or three bracelets of different colors and then re-assemble them after mixing the colors...
Would be really nice...
So this material is super new, and unfortunately we just don't have all the data with regards to elongation, etc. The video should give a good idea of the bendability.. we know it is over 100% elongation at break though. We are also playing around with infiltration to make the material stronger (and thus will change the material properties).
It is not food safe, but maybe you can use it for handles and food equipment that doesn't directly come in contact with food.
As for categories.. just submit, and we will consider all entries for all categories. Heck, you might even win TWO categories!!
Multiple entries are more than welcomed! The more the merrier!!
Order the new material before end of contest? We are moving as fast as possible, and if it's ready before the end of the contest then maybe... but, no launch date as of yet.
Yes,definitely interested. Would be ordering some parts today if you offered it now.
Do you know the durometer of the new flexible material? Can the durometer be varied, ie stiffer or softer? Is this made in the Objet system that enables printing with stiff material in the same piece? If so, will you offer this?
This is not an Objet material. The durometer could vary depending on machine setting, but not by much. From my understand it's the infiltratant used that will change the durometer. We don't have any numbers yet as we are still tweaking the final process, but you can see from the video how stiff/flexible it is. It's not a quantitative measure, but should give you a sense of the material. Does that help?
I look forward to seeing your design in the contest!!
How scratchy is the material? I'm wondering for mobile device cases; is it close enough to a neoprene-like material that it won't scratch the device or wear itself out if it's in constant contact with the device?
Can you test an existing model designed for one Strong and Flexible printing with the new material and let us know if there needs to be a sizing adjustment? The Strong and Flexible material can "snap" around objects, which I'm guessing this new material can't, but if it's printed a hair smaller it may be able to stretch and cup the device corners?
It will definitely stretch to fit. We tested a rubber band iPhone case, and it was too loose to fit on an iPhone. However, we wrapped it around a Vibe iPhone Case, and it fit better (still a hair too loose). If you submit an iPhone Case, we can work together to figure out what the "conversion" should be in terms of sizing. We'll have to print it in a few sizes to be sure. One idea is to have the design wrap around the phone more, like this: http://accessorized.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/tuneband-pink.jpg
As for scratching, it's not scratchy, but it's not completely smooth either. I wouldn't worry about it damaging my phone though because it is a soft material so it's rough but not as abrasive.