All finalists will get a 3D print of their design while Spinfaces will also get a $100 Shapeways coupon. A big thanks to all who entered the Christmas Co-creator Contest, keep an eye on the contest page for future contests.
The building blocks can be printed in a variety of materials from $39.99 to $67.57 in plastics.
My understanding of the design is that you would buy one to commemorate the birthday of each of your family members, and hang it on the tree as a commemorative bauble, following is a quote from Jeff when he first shared the design concept.
My son recently turned 2 yrs old, so i'll be getting one for him this christmas, and we have a new one on the way, but that one wont be here till after this christmas, but thats what sparked the idea for this design.
These are great winners, each and every one. They are all quality pieces and well worthy of the Christmas Co-creator winning circle! I laughed out loud when I saw that santa
When I saw the block ornament, I totaly "got it". Part of Christmas is toys. Part of Christmas is ornaments. Part of Christmas is remembering special moments and people.
I think it's pretty petty to centre that piece out, especially since it makes sense. That Anonymous must be upset they didn't win themselves... or drunk. lol
I totally think this Shapeways contest was managed very well, and I'm very happy to celebrate the winners!
However, that doesn't mean there hasn't been a raised eyebrow or two in the past about contests. I think it should be really important to Shapeways to be super clear about a contest's objectives and its do's and don't's.
We invest a lot of time and personal energy creating for contests. If we start on a project with one understanding of what that contest entails, and then find out later that the contest parameters have changed or have been interpreted unusually, then we lose faith in the process. And over all it makes it harder to be motivated to enter future contests.
I certainly don't want to discount the quality of anyone's work. Shapeways always chooses talented winners. It's just frustrating when you aim towards an ideal, only to see another person win who didn't have the same ideal, even though they have a super product.
I guess my advice is not to worry about this or apologize for it, because we definately appreciate your hard work and love the fact that you have exciting contests. But instead move forward and be clearer with the rules in the future.