After debates, arguments and discussions our judges have been able to pick the top ten finalists for the Shapeways SIGGRAPH Design Challenge. We had a lot of great, exciting and inspiring entries. Each of the finalists' models will be printed out and exhibited at SIGGRAPH. We'd like to thank everyone for entering their designs in the contest. Shapeways will have plenty of more contests so do not despair if you didn't win this time.
was judged by one criteria alone..is it inspiring. Some models inspired us by their sheer complexity, others by their audacity and still others more on a conceptual level. I'll give you a rundown of our top ten finalists here along with links to the model pages. Please remember that to see a model page you have to be signed in to Shapeways.
Fire Husky is adorable and cute, the kind of model that immediately inspires you to make up stories around it. The model looks impish and brave and ready for a life in an animated short.
Sailboat is a wonderfully delicate model reminiscent of the 'ships in a bottle' of yesteryear.
Moebius ants not only illustrates a complex geometric idea but does so
in a functional and playful way.
Gas Guy is intimidating, a warrior from the future, good guy or bad guy?
We don't know.
Sophie captures the innocence and nerdiness of the much loved Big Friendly Giant character. It marries literature with 3D design.
Sphere Keeper is actually a unique functional object. The designer made it so it could hold his significant other's mineral spheres. It shows us just small a niche of one can be, how perfectly functional a one off object can be.
The Little Lieutenant seems to be barking out orders to his invisible animated army and is notable for being an a character that works without having eyes. Think about well known animated characters for a minute so you can see just how hard that is to do.
Stickman Balance Toy is a playful desk ornament that gives us insight into volume and how it can decieve.
Nerd Glasses give us a tantalizing glimpse into a future where lost or broken objects can simply be re-printed.