Category Archives: Contests

Celebrate 3D Printing Day With Us and Win $250!

For 3D printing fans, December 3 is basically Christmas, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving combined. It’s a day to celebrate, welcome new makers — and show everyone how versatile, fun, and inspiring 3D printing can be. Today only, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook and reply to our #3DPrintingDay posts with what YOU want to 3D print, and include the hashtags #3DPrintingDay and #contest. You’ll be automatically entered to win one of three prizes of $250 in Shapeways credits. Every purchase you make on the site will also enter you to win. Fine print is after the jump.

3d-printing-day-1200x628

Shapeways Sweepstakes Rules

  1. Eligibility. This contest is operated by Shapeways.  It is open to Shapeways users in the United States over 13 years of age at the time of entry who live in a jurisdiction that does not prohibit this contest.  Employees, officers, and directors of Shapeways and their immediate family are not eligible to enter.  Individuals may enter more than one entry into the competition but may not do so by way of automated means.  By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by these Rules.

 

  1. Prize. Each of the three winning entrants will receive $250 in Shapeways printing credits.

 

  1. Contest period. This contest is open from Dec. 3, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. US Eastern Time to Dec. 3, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. US Eastern Time.  All entries must be received by Dec. 3, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. US Eastern Time.

 

  1. How to Enter.  There are two ways to enter the contest.  First, you can enter the contest via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram by replying to contest announcements tagged #3DPrintingDay with a description of what you want to 3D print and following Shapeways on the entry platform by the end of the contest period.  All public responses must include the hashtags “#contest” and “#3DPrintingDay” in order to be valid and eligible to win.  Second, you can enter the contest by completing any purchase on Shapeways during the contest period.  All purchases on Shapeways are eligible for contest entry.  Eligible participants can enter the contest multiple times.

 

  1. Winner Selection.  Shapeways will select the winner from the pool of applicants on Dec. 6, 2016.  There will be three total winners.  Shapeways will be prepared to award any of the three prizes to a runner-up in the event the winner cannot be contacted in a reasonable amount of time.  Shapeways will determine the winner by randomly drawing an applicant from the entire pool of applicants.

 

  1. Winner notification. The winners will be notified via private message to their social media account if they entered by way of that account, and by way of the email address associated with their Shapeways account if they entered by way of a purchase on Shapeways.  Upon contact, Shapeways may need to obtain confirmation of the winners’ eligibility.  If Shapeways cannot contact a winner in a reasonable amount of time, a runner-up will receive the prize originally designated for that winner.  If a runner-up cannot be contacted, Shapeways will select a third place finisher to receive the prize.

 

  1. Taxes.  The winner will be solely responsible for paying all federal, state, and local taxes that may be due on winnings and, as a condition of receiving the prize, Shapeways may require the winner complete tax documentation.

 

  1. Liability and Jurisdiction.  All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited.  All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved exclusively by a court located in Manhattan, New York, USA.  Decisions by Shapeways regarding the interpretation of these rules are final.  By participating in this contest, you agree to release Shapeways and its agents from any and all liability, claims, or actions of any kind of injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize.  Shapeways reserves the right to amend these official rules and to permanently disqualify from this contest any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules. Shapeways reserves the right to suspend or cancel this Contest in the event of hacking, security breach, or other tampering.  Any questions regarding this contest should be directed to seth@shapeways.com.

 

  1. Other Restrictions. Users discovered creating multiple Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Shapeways accounts in order to enter this contest will be disqualified from entry.

 

  1. Additional Considerations.  Sponsors are not responsible for (i) any typographical or other error in any communication relating to the Contest; (ii) lost, illegible, late, misdirected, or incomplete, entries or emails; (iii) interrupted or unavailable satellite, network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), websites, telephone, cable or other connections; (iv) any technical failure or jumbled, garbled, corrupted, scrambled, failed, delayed, or misdirected transmissions; (v) hardware, software or network malfunctions; (vi) other errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, or electronic; (vi) any damage to Participant’s or any other person’s computer resulting from participation of the Contest or downloading or uploading any materials.

 

Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to (a) abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the Contest, without notice or other obligation, in the event that Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Contest or the integrity or feasibility of the Contest is undermined in any respect, including due to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, labor dispute, tampering or other unlawful act, or if, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, the Contest is not capable of running as planned by reason of infection by computer virus, worms, bugs, tampering, hacking, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes which, in sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest; (b) determine winners from entries received prior to action taken, or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor; and/or (c) disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry or judging or process or operation of the Contest.

 

This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.  By entering this contest you agree to release Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook of all liability related to the contest.

Share and Win — It’s That Easy

UPDATE: Originally this contest ran from November 2nd to November 30th. Due to overwhelming demand we have decided to extend it indefinitely until supplies last

If you’ve made something on Shapeways, you know how incredible it feels to hold an object in your hand that you’ve created, whether you designed it yourself, or simply chose the material. And with holiday shopping under way, there are thousands of people out there just waiting to see what you’ve created, from shoppers looking for gift ideas to people looking for a designer like you to make something special.

Dutch Design Week 2016! Check out my jewelry at the Shapeways booth #SWexpo #DDW16 #3dprinting #shap3dbyme #jewelry

A photo posted by Daphne Lameris (@lameris_jewelry) on

 

That’s why we’re offering you a chance to flaunt your creations AND win some Shapeways Swag in the process. Just take a pic of your latest 3D printed Shapeways wares, tag us on Instagram and Twitter, and use the hashtags #shap3Dbyme #contest. That’s it! Then, we’ll send you a free T-Shirt if you’re located in the United States! Fine print and details below.

Be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Guide, and let us know what YOU’RE making that’s perfect for holiday gifting.

Win this T-Shirt when you share pics of your Shapeways creations with hashtags #shap3Dbyme #contest

Win this T-Shirt when you share pics of your Shapeways creations with hashtags #shap3Dbyme and #contest

 

T-shirt Giveaway Rules
1. Eligibility. This contest is operated by Shapeways. It is open to Shapeways users in the United States over 13 years of age at the time of entry who live in a jurisdiction that does not prohibit this contest. Employees, officers, and directors of Shapeways and their immediate family are not eligible to enter. Individuals may enter more than one entry into the competition but may not do so by way of automated means. By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by these Rules.

2. Prize. The winning entrant will receive one Shapeways-branded T-shirt.

3. Contest period. This contest is open while supplies last.  Shapeways will announce when supplies have been exhausted.  All entries must be received after that announcement will be void.

4. How to Enter. Tag a tweet or Instagram post with both #Shap3DByMe and #Contest. Entries must both hashtags to be eligible. Entries that do not include both hashtags will be considered incomplete and discarded. An individual may only enter this contest one time.

5. Winner Selection. All entries received while supplies of the prize last will receive a prize.

6. Winner notification. Winners will be notified the social media platform they used to enter. Upon contact, Shapeways may need to obtain confirmation of the winner’s eligibility and information required to send the prize to the winner. If Shapeways cannot contact the winner through the contact information in their Shapeways account in a reasonable amount of time Shapeways will disqualify that entry.

7. Taxes. The winner will be solely responsible for paying all federal, state, and local taxes that may be due on winnings and, as a condition of receiving the prize, Shapeways may require the winner complete tax documentation.

8. Liability and Jurisdiction. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited. All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved exclusively by a court located in Manhattan, New York, USA. Decisions by Shapeways regarding the interpretation of these rules are final. By participating in this contest, you agree to release Shapeways and its agents from any and all liability, claims, or actions of any kind of injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize. Shapeways reserves the right to amend these official rules and to permanently disqualify from this contest any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules. Shapeways reserves the right to suspend or cancel this Contest in the event of hacking, security breach, or other tampering. Any questions regarding this contest should be directed to Community@shapeways.com.

9. Other Restrictions. Users discovered creating multiple Twitter or Instagram accounts in order to enter this contest will be disqualified from entry.

10. Additional Considerations. Shapeways is not responsible for (i) any typographical or other error in any communication relating to the Contest; (ii) lost, illegible, late, misdirected, or incomplete, entries or emails; (iii) interrupted or unavailable satellite, network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), websites, telephone, cable or other connections; (iv) any technical failure or jumbled, garbled, corrupted, scrambled, failed, delayed, or misdirected transmissions; (v) hardware, software or network malfunctions; (vi) other errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, or electronic; (vi) any damage to Participant’s or any other person’s computer resulting from participation of the Contest or downloading or uploading any materials.

Shapeways reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to (a) abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the Contest, without notice or other obligation, in the event that Shapeways is prevented from continuing with the Contest or the integrity or feasibility of the Contest is undermined in any respect, including due to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, labor dispute, tampering or other unlawful act, or if, in the sole opinion of Shapeways, the Contest is not capable of running as planned by reason of infection by computer virus, worms, bugs, tampering, hacking, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes which, in sole opinion of the Shapeways, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest; (b) determine winners from entries received prior to action taken, or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by Shapeways; and/or (c) disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry or judging or process or operation of the Contest.

This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Instagram or Twitter. By entering this contest you agree to release Instagram and Twitter of all liability related to the contest.

Card Holder Design Challenge

Get $15 towards prototyping a wallet or card holder

Card Holder Design Challenge 3D printing Contest Shapeways

The holidays are fast approaching, and we all know what that means: amassing a new gift-card collection. But where are you going to put all those plastic tickets to Shapeways, Applebees and Amazon?

Create an accessory compatible with any standard gift card or credit card, then share the render and link in our forums. You’ll get $15 towards prototyping — and we’ll pick our favorite designs to be part of the 2017 gift guide.

 

All Submission are due by Sunday, October 30th at 12 PM EST. Shapeways Money will be processed the following week.


 
Share Submission

How to Join the Challenge

1

Design a card holder

  • Using your favorite 3D modeling software, design an accessory for a new gift card holder in the material of your choosing. It should be able to hold credit and gift cards along with business cards, transit cards, and/orlove notes.

2

Upload Your Design to Shapeways

  • Open up a Shapeways shop (if you don’t already have one). Upload your model using the upload button. Put your model in the Accessories category, and any applicable categories, then tag it as is relevant. Set your model to ‘public’ and ‘for sale’ in your Model Details page. Set the prices with your markup for the materials you want to offer in (we’d recommend the Strong and Flexible family) Models must be *.stl or *.obj

  • Add CustomMaker if you want your shoppers to customize the product.

3

Share Your Entry!

  • Share a link to your product in the Card Holder Design Challenge thread along with a photograph or render. Remember you can share as many products as you want, but only one credit will be given per shop. Then help choose which you think are the best entries by liking or sharing them.

Terms:

  • Credits are limited to one per person.

  • By participating in the design challenge you are granting Shapeways a perpetual, nonexclusive, sublicensable, royalty-free, and worldwide license to use your model, description, and photographs, as well as print and distribute prints of your model, for promotional purposes.

  • All submissions must be awesome.

  • All submissions must be submitted by October 30th at 12 PM EST.

  • All submission must comply with the Shapeways Terms & Conditions and Content Policy.

DJI and Shapeways Announce the Search and Rescue Design Contest Winners

Early this summer, Shapeways and DJI challenged designers to create 3D printed modifications ​for Phantom 4 drones to ​aid first responders in search and rescue efforts. With over 100 entrants, we were incredibly impressed by the quality of submissions and the innovative ways in which designers used 3D printing to create life-saving modifications that may have otherwise been unexplored.

After much deliberation, we selected the winning designs and demoed the modifications at Maker Faire NYC this past weekend (video here). So without further ado, we’re pleased to formally announce the winners of the Search and Rescue design challenge!

Runners up:

Self-Releasing Rescue Delivery Capsule by Designerr shapeways DJI Phantom 4 Search and Rescue Design Contest

testing the Self-Releasing Rescue Delivery Capsule by Designerr

Self-Releasing Rescue Delivery Capsule by Designerr – Cary Lucier of Designerr brought his incredible design to Maker Faire to show us first hand how it works. the  MATILDA (Missing And Trapped Individuals Location Delivery Assistant) attaches to both legs of the Phantom Drone in just seconds without the need for extra tools or fasteners. This device can carry any number of precious items as part of any rescue mission including first aid supplies, medication, rescue instructions, and more. When MATILDA reaches her destination, the drone is able to self-release the precious cargo without ever touching the ground.

 

Search and Whistle" drone attachment by Fusion Imaging  shapeways DJI Phantom 4 Search and Rescue Design Contest

presenting the Search and Whistle” drone attachment by Fusion Imaging

“Search and Whistle” drone attachment by Fusion Imaging – A specially tuned low pressure whistle array that clamps onto the 4 arms of the Phantom 4 directly under the propellers. By full throttling, the whistle generates a loud and persistent whistle which aids ground rescue crews to pinpoint the victim’s location once they have been located by the drone from the air.

 

Dye Marker Bomb/Buoy by Functional Prototype, LLC  shapeways DJI Phantom 4 Search and Rescue Design Contest

the Dye Marker Bomb/Buoy by Functional Prototype, LLC

Dye Marker Bomb/Buoy by Functional Prototype, LLC – This is an air-deliverable dye marker bomb/buoy for drones, providing an easy way for a drone operator to mark a location in the water using fluorescent dye, making the area highly reflective to visible and ultraviolet light used by S&R and first responder units. The buoy is filled with the brightly colored dye and glued together with water-soluble glue– ensuring release upon hitting the water after being dropped from the Phantom 4.

 Grand prize:

EXO 1-- Search and Rescue Exoskeleton by FrostDesign shapeways DJI Phantom 4 Search and Rescue Design Contest

showing off the EXO 1- Search and Rescue Exoskeleton by FrostDesign

EXO 1– Search and Rescue Exoskeleton by FrostDesign – Combining aesthetics and functionality, the Exo 1 turns the Phantom 4 into the Swiss Army knife of search and rescue tools. This rugged, lightweight exoskeleton allows for increased drone visibility, ability to carry a payload, and assist with water rescues by allowing for the additions of searchlights, extra cameras (whether heat vision or infrared), and/or a waterproof bag to carry supplies for water rescues. This exoskeleton addresses all these capabilities in the simplest way possible while enabling a great deal of flexibility and options for customization.

 Congratulations to all the winners! We recognize the incredible talent of the maker community and are excited to continue seeing their innovation rise to challenges like these! We’ll also be donating a drone to Joseph Novelli of the Fire department in California and sharing these modifications with first responders so they can start implementing these new tools in the field.

Discover even more drones

Spin It to Win It! Contest

As you know we’re big fans of Gravity Sketch, the new app putting the power of 3D design at your fingertips. It’s so fun and easy in fact that today we’re celebrating it by launching a contest to win some Shapeways printing credit! Simply use the Gravity Sketch app to design and upload your original model of a spinning top to Shapeways by June 23, 2016. For the first round the top eight top designs will be 3D printed. For the second round the top three top designs will win the prizes. Details about the contest and prizes can be found here.

top

Our panel of judges, Shapeways community manager Andrew, Seyi from Gravity Sketch and top specialist Designs by Dalton, will be looking for:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Perceived physics
  • Design aesthetics
  • Best use of the Gravity Sketch app

Download the Gravity Sketch app today, upload your models to Shapeways and tag the model with ‘GravitySketchTop2016‘ to enter the contest by June 23, 2016. We can’t wait to see what spins out of your brains!

Our favorite customizable phone cases

Earlier this Fall we ran the CustomMaker phone case challenge and were blown away by the quality of submissions. Talking to cadycarlson, who designed one of of favorites, had this to say about making her design for the challenge:

“This was a really fun project for me. I mainly design jewelry but have made a few accessory items in the past, so making a phone case was a great challenge! Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the recurring combination of Neoclassical Revival and Art Deco architecture/motifs has a hand in the inspiration for most of my designs. My city boasts one of the largest collections of Deco architecture in the nation; we even have several residences and buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff.  

Another aspect of this competition that I loved was the employment of CustomMaker — it’s so wonderful to put personalization into the hands of the consumer so they can be a part of things.”

From rolandgs:

“The competition rules stated use of the CustomMaker tool. I tried to use it to it full potential. So use both text and image engraving, but also include a non-rectangular field, with a template. I feel this method should be integrated with the tools interface because it allows for more interesting use of the tool. The template I made can be found in the images on the product page.

The Art Nouveau style is a bit of an long time fascination I have. It seemed to suit the design goal, framing an image in an elaborate way independently of the frames content.

Strangely enough there wasn’t much sketching involved. The orb filled crescent was generated using some math I found. Just Google ‘art nouveau crescent’, First hit actually. I made a print of the design thus far and sketched some borders on it, evolving to the end result.”

Art Nouveau Phone Case Sketch

rolandgs sketch for the design

 

Keep an eye out out for more Challenges in our forums and on our blog.

Empowering the Childish Project at Helsinki Design Week

Posted by in Contests, Education

The importance of design keeps on growing at a global scale, proven by the fact that more and more international design events take place in major world cities. Last week (and well, technically a few days longer) creativity hit Helsinki in Finland. From September 3-13, the Helsinki Design Week attracted more than 120,000 visitors to more than 200 participating events. One of these events is the Childish Project from Kristos Mavrostomos and Anna van der Leij.

Blog-picture-2

As the name of the event already states, the Childish Project is fully focused on children who attended Helsinki Design Week. Before you get the wrong impression, this event was anything BUT childish! Ages ranged from 1 to 16, and the kids were able to draw the perfect plate for their favourite dish of food.

Blog-picture-4

With careful guidance from Kristos and Anna, 300 children unleashed their fantasy on paper and these were all presented in a huge exhibition as seen above as part of a competition. The 10 most unique drawings will come to life and be 3D printed in our own Porcelain material. 

Blog-picture-1

As you can see the kids had a lot of creative and colorful ideas. We can’t wait to see the top 10 designs come to life! The winning designs are being chosen while you read this, it will take some time for us to print but stay tuned to hear what happens next!

Get $15 by completing the Keychain CustomMaker Challenge

Join the Keychain CustomMaker Challenge by Sunday September 13th at 12 PM EST and get $15

DSC00271

Liberty Bell Ornament by WesJA


3D printing enables anyone to create amazing products – from jewelry and figurines to drone accessories and keychains. Now, with the release of CustomMaker, every product can be instantly personalized to every shopper.

Over the next few months, we’ll be putting out design challenges to our community to challenge you to use CustomMaker to make the best products for shoppers! Our first CustomMaker Challenge for phone cases was great, you can see the results and join the conversation here. For this challenge, design a keychain, upload it to Shapeways.com, enable CustomMaker to let your customers personalize it and share it with the community to get $15 in Shapeways Money. No purchase is necessary to participate and receive the credit – all you need to do is upload a keychain you designed and enable CustomMaker.

Shapeways will also choose our favorite models to be printed, professionally photographed and included in promotional material. By participating in the challenge you grant us permission to do so. Models be picked on the basis of creativity, manufacturing feasibility and presentation.

All Submission are due by Sunday September 13th at 12 PM EST. Shapeways Money will be processed the following week.

 


Share Submission

 

How to Join the Challenge

 

1

Design a keychain

  • Using your favorite 3D modeling software, design a keychain. Keychains do not need to be new, you can use keychains you’ve already designed. Feel free to design for whatever material you think is best.

2

Upload Your Design to Shapeways

  • Open up a Shapeways shop (if you don’t already have one). Upload your model* using the upload button. Put your model in the ‘Accessories’ and ‘Keychains’ categories and tag it as is relevant. Set your model to ‘public’ and ‘for sale’ in your Model Details page. Set the prices with your markup for the materials you want to offer in (we’d recommend the Strong and Flexible family) Models must be *.stl or *.obj

3

Activate CustomMaker to Personalize Your Design

  • In your model’s ‘Customization’ field, enable CustomMaker so shoppers can personalize your keychain with text and/or an image. Make sure that the text or image fits on the keychain correctly and that the shopper has instructions to understand the maximum number of characters they can use. Remember to set an adequate embossed or engraved depth for the materials that shoppers could purchase

4

Share Your Entry!

  • Share a link to your product in the keychain CustomMaker Challenge thread along with a photograph or render. Remember you can share as many products as you want, but only one credit will be given per shop. Then help choose which you think are the best entries.

Terms:

  • Credits are limited to one per person.

  • By participating in the CustomMaker Challenge you are granting Shapeways a perpetual, nonexclusive, sublicensable, royalty-free, and worldwide license to use your model, description, and photographs, as well as print and distribute prints of your model, for promotional purposes.

  • All submissions must be awesome

  • All submissions must be submitted by Sunday September 13th at 12 PM EST.

  • All submission must comply with the Shapeways Terms & Conditions and Content Policy.

Announcing the winners from the Shapeways + DJI Take Flight contest!

A few months ago we announced a very special contest we held with DJI to empower the Shapeways community to think outside of the box and design accessories for the DJI Inspire 1 and DJI Phantom 3…and boy did you deliver!

We received amazing entries that really showcase the creativity of this community and the power of 3D printing. The winning entries were chosen based on creativity and design. For this one, the team wasn’t concerned about how well the product functioned (yet) – we really just wanted to see what amazing ideas you had in your head! Our special guest judge, Adam Savage, had a great time combing through our Top 10, and was able to help us pick one grand prize winner and three runner ups.

Without further ado, we present the Shapeways + DJI Take Flight contest winners:

Grand prize winner:

Fusion Imaging

Floating DJI Phantom 3 – Fusion Marine FM1

625x465_3571882_11019626_1437727859

“The Fusion Marine FM1 transforms your DJI Phantom 3 into an aquatic flyer. Attaching in just seconds with no additional tools or fasteners required, the FM1 opens up a whole new world of photographic and filming opportunities.”

Runner-ups:

Jordy Wubbels

The CLAW

625x465_3584123_11069370_1435784992

“Add this CLAW to your DJI Phantom/Inspire to make flying your drone an even more gripping experience! Pickup (and drop); waterballoons, packages, balls, confetti, a smaller drone, or give your guinea pig an aerial tour of the neighborhood!” 

Michael Miller

DJI Phantom – Snap Strap with Pilot Chair

625x465_3584629_11070904_1435792367

“The Snap Strap with a built in pilot chair is an accessory for your DJI Phantom 2/3 that allows you to attach almost any 4″ action figure / figurine to your drone as you cruise through the skies. Now you can bring your battles to life as your drone becomes a realistic vehicle for your favorite action figures! Think of all the possibilities! The Snap Strap easily attaches to the DJI Phantom without any screws or fasteners and holds tight so it won’t fall off. Simply snap it over the top housing and it’s ready for take off! To remove you can simply pull it off.”

BGStudio Shop

Multi-purpose DJI drone bucket

625x465_3582543_11062473_1435740882

“This multi-purpose bucket comes in an open and closed version. The open version can be used for dromantically delivering flowers to a loved one. The closed version is designed for taking fluid samples, such as water, in areas that are hard to reach for you but perfectly accessible for your DJI drone, such as open water in a lake. The bucket is water tight and submersible when attached to the drone. (We refer to it as the Mars Rover kit) Both the open and closed version can also be used for other purposes. You can suspend the bucket below your DJI drone with the smooth S-shaped suspension brackets. Mounting is swift.”

Congratulations to all the winners! Just because the contest is officially over doesn’t mean you should stop making your ideas come to life. Keep designing these amazing drone accessories and make sure to share them with us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook!

Earn $5 : Phone Case Custommaker Challenge!

Join the Phone Case CustomMaker Challenge by Sunday August 16th at 12 PM EST

DSC00228

3D printing enables anyone to create amazing products – from jewelry and figurines to drone accessories and smartphone cases. Now, with the release of CustomMaker, every product can be instantly personalized to every shopper.

Over the next few months, we’ll be putting out design challenges to our community to challenge you to use CustomMaker to make the best products for shoppers! We’re kicking it off this week with our Phone Case CustomMaker Challenge. Design a phone case, upload it to Shapeways.com, enable CustomMaker to let your customers personalize it and share it with the community to get $5 in Shapeways Money. No purchase is necessary to participate and receive the credit – all you need to do is upload a case you designed and enable CustomMaker.

Shapeways will also choose our favorite models to be printed, professionally photographed and included in promotional material. By participating in the challenge you grant us permission to do so.  Models be picked on the basis of creativity, manufacturing feasibility and presentation.

All Submission are due by Sunday August 16th at 12 PM EST. Shapeways Money will be processed the following week.

 

Share Submission

 

Rotary Phone Case for iPhone 5 / 5s by Joaquin Baldwin

Rotary Phone Case for iPhone 5 / 5s by Joaquin Baldwin

How to Join the Challenge


 

1

Design a phone case

  • Using your favorite 3D modeling software, design a case for a phone of your choice. Cases do not need to be new, you can use cases you’ve already designed.

2

Upload Your Design to Shapeways

  • Open up a Shapeways shop (if you don’t already have one). Upload your model* using the upload button. Put your model in the ‘cases category and tag it as is relevant. Set your model to ‘public’ and ‘for sale’ in your Model Details page. Set the prices with your markup for the materials you want to offer in (we’d recommend the Strong and Flexible family) Models must be *.stl or *.obj

3

Activate CustomMaker to Personalize Your Design

  • In your model’s ‘Customization’ field, enable CustomMaker so shoppers can personalize your phone case with text and/or an image. Make sure that the text or image fits on the case correctly and that the shopper has instructions to understand the maximum number of characters they can use.

4

Share Your Entry!

  • Share a link to your product in the Phone Case CustomMaker Challenge thread along with a photograph or render. Remember you can share as many products as you want, but only one credit will be given per shop.

Terms:

  • Credits are limited to one per person.

  • By participating in the CustomMaker Challenge you are granting Shapeways a perpetual, nonexclusive, sublicensable, royalty-free, and worldwide license to use your model, description, and photographs, as well as print and distribute prints of your model, for promotional purposes.

  • All submissions must be awesome

  • All submissions must be submitted by Sunday August 16th at 12 PM EST.

  • All submission must comply with the Shapeways Terms & Conditions and Content Policy.

Design and Win with littleBits+Shapeways Project Side Project

Posted by in Contests

Submit your invention to Project Side Project.

Got a great idea? Or an invention that simply must be created? Then have we got a contest for you! littleBits, Shapeways, and a host of other communities have teamed up to help get your side project off the shelf and into the real world.  From music to hardware and writing to visual arts and more, everyone has a great idea or a passion project they’ve dreamed of doing.

The 12 most-voted projects will get hands-on mentorship from the Kickstarter team. The grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges and gets $2,000 in backing and a suite of maker tools worth $3,000.

project side project graphic

STEP 1
INVENT deadline is July 7

Submit an idea for something awesome. Anything. Just make sure it’s exciting and share-worthy.

STEP 2
SHARE begins July 8

Send your invitation link to all of your friends and family. Show them your great idea!

STEP 3
VOTE closes July 21

Get people to vote to bring your invention to the top of the charts. The top 12 ideas will be paired with a mentor and go head-to-head for the grand prize.

Click here to enter and for more details.

3D-Printed Car: More Than Just High-Tech Transportation

Strati.png

Blog post contributed by community member Brian Wilkins 

In 1979, there were 19.5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs, the most in the country’s history, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That represented 22 percent of all nonfarm jobs at the time. Today there are only 12.3 million U.S. manufacturing jobs, as recessions, excessive regulations and cheap labor abroad make it more practical for companies to set up shop overseas. But additive manufacturing (3D printing) is about to change all that.

The Strati, Local Motors’ 3D-printed car, has been buzzing all over the internet since one was printed right on the floor at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past January.

The first Strati, printed at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago last September showed the world that a 3D-printed electric car is possible. But a cool-looking, economical vehicle is just the tip of the iceberg as to how direct digital manufacturing is changing the automotive industry and the manufacturing sector as a whole.

Strati Evolution

The first test mule, known as Strati Version 1, consisted of 3D-printed seating, as well as a bonded, fastened-on rear structure for suspension and drivetrain components. “The front suspension was bolted to aluminum brackets that were bonded and fastened to the 3D-printed material,” said Dave Riha, lab manager at Local Motors. “The first mule was fully developed from a functional point of view. It didn’t have styling or a ‘body.’ But test drives proved it to be a very quiet, rigid structure.”

Strati 1.png

 The IMTS Strati was the “mid-model refresh.” The attached aluminum substructures were eliminated in favor of the drivetrain and rear suspension being fastened directly to the 3D-printed structure. Lighting, upholstery, armrests, wind screen and several other features were added as well. The same 20% carbon-filled ABS thermoplastic polymer was used for the expanded body.

The possibilities 3D printing technology brings to the manufacturing industry were put on full display with the updated version. “We changed major design elements very quickly without new tooling,” Riha said. “The refresh followed similar construction and layout to the first Strati, but differed primarily in contours and shaping of the outer visual layers.”

Co-Creation and the Future Of Manufacturing

Disruptive technologies are historically met with resistance from the established power structure. The rapid ascent of personal computers is an example most can relate to.

 There were about 250 devices on Earth that could be classified as “computers” in 1955. The first computer was a giant machine invented by John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert in Pennsylvania, according to the University of Rhode Island. You would need a home the size of a warehouse to own one, along with good pest control measures (the term “bug” for computer programs came from these large machines attracting moths). The subsequent decades saw companies like Commodore International (PET), Tandy Radio Shack (TRS-80) and Apple (Apple II) put the power of computing into the hands of the general public versus being monopolized by large corporations.

3D printing technology will disrupt manufacturing in much the same way, particularly in the automotive industry. One machine can now create a wide range of parts and products without drastically changing processes or needing additional equipment. Additive manufacturing requires a fraction of the manpower needed in traditional factories, can utilize many different raw materials and is much more environmentally-friendly. While 3D printing has been a boon for producing small parts, tools and products, there is still a lot of work to do when it comes to large scale applications.

“One area where 3D printing is still in it’s infancy is Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM),” said Nyko dePeyer, the co-creation community manager for Local Motors. Larger printers require more space, time and of course money to build. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Dutch-design company MX3D developed computer-guided robotic arms that will build a steel bridge over a canal in Amsterdam by 2017. This same type of ambition can change automotive manufacturing and the world at large.

“We could potentially deploy a set of Mobifactories to developing areas, or even areas torn by war or natural disaster, and use our BAAM technology along with our global community and online platform to rapidly design, engineer, develop and print vehicles that could meet the specific needs of the people,” dePeyer said. “While we are still in the early stages of developing the technology, procedures, and plans for this, the potential for BAAM to change lives is just as significant as the potential for nano-3D printers to change our lives.”

Road-Ready 3D-Printed Car

Local Motors, along with its partner Oak Ridge National Laboratory, plans to unveil a highway-ready 3D-printed car by the end of 2016. PROJECTED [REDACTED] challenged the co-creation community to develop the majority of this 3D-printed road-ready car. The winning entry could be the foundation for what will become the road-ready vehicle.

Voting will continue through June 25. All you have to do is create a profile at LocalMotors.com to vote on your favorite design.

 

Enter our “Take Flight” contest to win a DJI Phantom 3 and $1,000 in Shapeways credit

A few weeks ago we announced our partnership with DJI, and today we’re excited to tell you about a new contest we’ve launched to enable the Shapeways community to design even more amazing drone accessories.

inspire-phantom-remote

With the support of DJI and Adam Savage, we are accepting entries for accessories for the DJI Inspire 1 or DJI Phantom 3 from now until July 1st. After narrowing down the Top 10, Adam Savage will pick a winner who will receive a Phantom 3 and $1,000 in Shapeways credit. Three designs will be chosen as runner-ups and will receive 50% off a DJI Phantom 3 and $500 in Shapeways printing credit.

inspire-adam-savage-accessory

To enter:

  1. Design a drone accessory – Use your favorite 3D modeling software to create an accessory for DJI Inspire 1 or DJI Phantom 3. From battery holders to lens hoods, the options are endless for fun, useful accessories.
  2. Upload your design – Make sure to set your product as public and tag with ‘TakeFlight’ so we can see your entry.
  3. Describe your design – In the product description field, tell us about your design. What was your inspiration? In what way does it enhance the drone? Also be sure to include any instructions on how to attach the product.
  4. Share your entry – Take a screenshot on your ‘My Models’ page and share it with @Shapeways and @DJIGlobal on Twitter and Instagram!

We can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Winners will be contacted on July 31st.

Good luck!

 

Announcing the winners of our 3D Printed Miniature Houses Contest

We are thrilled to finally announce the winners of our 3D Printed Miniature Houses contest! In conjunction with the fabulous blog Modern Mini Houses, we invited mini house fans to share the beautiful displays they’ve created that incorporate 3D printed furniture and accessories. Modern Mini Houses blogger Megan Hornbecker teamed up with Kacie Hultgren of Pretty Small Things and Carol Mitcheson of Mitchy Moo Miniatures to judge entries.

I do not envy their position, as all entries were really wonderful (and cute!). But they’ve narrowed it down to the four winners! And the awards go to…

Gold $125 Credit: Otterine
gold-otterine

Silver $75 Credit: Alice Miniatures
silver-alice

Bronze $50 Credit: Paper Doll Miniatures
bronze-paperdoll

Shamrock Luck of the Draw $25 Credit: Mod Pod Miniatures
shamrock-modpod

Thank you so much to all the participants and a big thanks to Megan, Kacie and Carol for their hard work and time on this. It’s so wonderful to see a community take so much pride in their work, while incorporating others’ products! Keep up the great work and congrats to all the winners! If you have ideas for more contest, let us know! We love to see all the creativity come to life thanks to 3D printing, but more importantly, thanks to you!