A lot of models and designs on Shapeways are immediately interesting. You can see from the thumbnail that this is going to be a fun, others are not so obvious.
Take Edward Hibberd(ARHib)'s Kweijebo model. Look closely, the description should get your blood flowing though, "Antweight class robot 106g." Antweight is a "class of fighting robots under 150g." These tiny, light mean machines battle it out and Andrew made a chassis & body for one with Shapeways! This stuff really makes our day! Check out his awesome robot in action below.
That disc on the front, spins at 12,000 RPM! You can check out more pictures on the forum. Andrew has been building robots for five years and we hope he does really well in competition!
third place is Whystler with his Orrerey. This by the way is a, "full
functional model of the 4 terrestrial planets: mercury, venus,
earth, and mars. Ideal for planning your next interplanetary voyage on
your star-galleon, the planets can be moved to show their orbital
placement around the sun."
Once again the contestants really raised the bar for 3D printing and what is possible with 3D printing. The other entrants to the contest were also all excellent and you should definitely check them out. Not a lot of moving 3D printed parts have ever been designed or made apart from basic hinges and things. And here we can see that a community of talented individuals can create wonderful things. We really think that this is the future and hope that through this contest everyone got a glimpse of that future.