*Update: The contest is closed for now, we’ll be relaunching later in the year, stay tuned for a bigger and better contest!*
Shapeways has teamed up with littleBits to challenge you to make your designs move with the ‘littleBits Bring Your 3D Prints to Life Contest’, we want to see what you will make when you can add modular electronics to your 3D prints.
3D printing is great for making unique items to exactly meet your needs, but what better way to take your ideas one step further and add motion, light, sound, or even programming with littleBits modular electronics. littleBits create powerful but easy-to-use electronic components that snap together with magnets, so there is no need for soldering, wiring or programming (unless you want to). That means you can prototype with electronics and don’t need an engineering degree to do so.
Make a design that combines 3D printed Nylon and littleBits to make a 3D printed creation that comes to life using the littleBits. We chose Shapeways Nylon because you can make complex, interlocking parts in a single print, incorporate a living hinge, all with the precision to make compress fit, or threaded connectors.
Add littleBits to your 3D prints and control them using a mechanical input, like a button, or use a sensor to control with just a gesture or sound. We challenge you to use the following littleBits modules but you can incorporate any littleBits modules that you like.
To get you started, the littleBits team has released the STL and STEP files of these base components for you to download and import them into your 3D modeling software of choice and modify you design to fit these components. Download littleBits 3D files here.
Take a look at the littleBits project gallery for inspiration, where you can see everything from a Remote Control Car to a Flying Dragon or a Keytar with 3d printed knobs. Also find custom 3d-printed accessories designed for mounting littleBits in projects.
The Remote Control Facetime Car made with 3D printed components.
The Keytar uses 3D printed knobs to make the sounds more ergonomic and awesome.
Run Horse Run uses your voice to make the horses, run.
- Upload your design that incorporates at least two (2) Little Bits modules to Shapeways with the tag LittleBits.
- Your design must be printable in Shapeways Nylon Selective Laser Sintering (WSF) with a maximum material volume of 300cm3.
- Your submission can include one or multiple parts, (please indicate that an upload is “1 of 3″ or similar so that we can better understand your design.
- Include a description of your design, the function and proposed movement.
- BONUS POINTS: For a rendered animation or video of the design in action
- littleBits Pro Library (over $4,900 value)
- 3D Printing Credit at Shapeways to the value of $500
- The top 3 designs will have their design 3D printed by Shapeways