Moving parts contest

Can you make the best moving part? Something with an axle or flexibility or even gears perhaps? Something akin to these cars?

Or something completely different?

The contest for the next month will be our moving parts contest. It will start today and run until the last day of March. To enter into the contest upload a model and add movingpart as a tag. Community votes will decide the winner. The winner will recieve $300 in 3d Printing from us. We have a blog post here that shows you some moving parts that have already been made with 3D printing. We also have a mini-tutorial here that shows you how to make some basic moving parts.

We would suggest that you guys design for White, Strong & Flexible since it enables you to have wall thicknesses of 2mm(or less 1mm but only make a small portion of your model this thickness), since the support material for it is a powder it also allows for better clearances and thinner parts. Another reason to use WSF is that it is flexible so you could do things with that also. Good luck!   

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  1. Whystler

    Is designing the item in SWF required, or just recommended? I have had difficulty with SWF when designing movable parts in the past, where moving pieces are .5mm apart. I would usually choose White Detail, but if the contest requires us to use SWF, then I will design accordingly.


  2. Joris


    It is not required we just thought it would be easier, you can use any material you would like.

  3. Anonymous

    *Another scam contest?

    Every contest has been a joke. The dates change. People that use the correct tag are not included. “Community votes” are not counted.

    Shapeways: Spend more time making things fair than criticizing language software ads and talking about Pepsi’s marketing and maybe you’ll still be in business next year.

    This website knows their time is limited to make money. There are more and more similar services and soon people will be doing this on their own desktops. _Do your homework, don’t fall for “SCAMWAYS.”_*

    1. T. Shawn Johnson

      This poor boy … can you imagine how negative his life must be to make a post like this? He doesn’t see how useful Shapeways is. He can’t get beyond his past misplaced frustrations to realize that Shapeways opens a lot of doors for people. I haven’t won a contest yet, but I still keep buying. Shapeways will be here in a year, because the truth of the matter is, people like me will still be buying.

    2. rob parthoens

      I won a contest here, and and few other too.
      This site and company is not a scam.

      To shapeways: Keep up the good work πŸ™‚



  4. Jake Drews

    Saweet! I will definitely be trying to think of something to build for this contest.

  5. KGB

    So today is the last day to submit? Or was that yesterday πŸ™‚

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