Announcing the Winners of the Prototype to Product Contest with Formlabs

We had a huge response to the Prototype to Product Contest we ran with our good friends at Formlabs. Entries ranging from highly detailed ZBrush sculpts through to complex, interlocking mechanical parts, architectural models to 3D printed fashion and jewelry,  through to the whimsically weird.  We even received a submission all the way from Gran Canaria (yes we had to google the location, and yes it is crazy remote).

Although we received nearly 300 designs, only one person will have a brand new Form 1+ 3D printer shipped to their door.  The judges deliberated against the criteria, there were was tension, there was joy, they argued long into the night.  The Formlabs team pumped some serious excel magic to tally the votes, Shawn Sims from NotCot cast his well trained eye over the entrants,  The Shapeways team checked that the designs would withstand the 3D printing test and together they deemed the winner of the grand prize to be…

BritePod: Re-Hackable, Modular Mini Projector by MakeMeister

winner of Shapeways Formlabs Contest

We chose this design for its mechanical complexity, functionality and aesthetics.  Even better, our new friend MakeMeister will be using his designs skills, new Formlabs 3D printer and Shapeways 3D printing credit to make/mod solutions to increase accessibility within the home for his grandfather. 199% Awesome.

formlabs printing winner

First Prize of $150 worth of Shapeways 3D Printing credit goes to:

Infest: Earwig in-ear headphones by hamsterdam101

LightQuad3 Quadrotor drone by s_f_x

Second Prize of $50 worth of Shapeways 3D Printing credit goes to:

N Scale ‘La Madrileña’ early steam locomotive by nosomosnada

Heroes of the World: Goddess Durga Action Figure by Brillist

Baby Articulated Sea Turtle by chosetec

SPOTLESS – Rain mud, protective gear by Models3dprinter

Thank you to all who entered, it was truly inspiring for the judging panel to see the diversity and quality of entrants submitted to the design contest.  We are really looking forward to seeing what you make next.


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  1. politicalsculptor

    would of love to use this 3d printer for my prototypes.. i been published in, 3d artist magazine, bloomberg, etc..

    oh well

  2. Christopher Carter

    Congrats everyone! :-)

  3. Chipperson

    I’m honored, thrilled, and inspired beyond belief …as it began to really sink in, I found myself switching back and forth between mad scientist giggles and baby dinosaur noises.



  4. hamsterdam101

    Thank you so much! I’m honoured that my bizarre idea was chosen from among so many great models. Congratulations to MakeMeister and the other winners. MakeMeister’s project looks fantastic, highly deserving of first place!

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