The Metal Inspiration Contest

Until the 20th of October we will have our largest contest
to date. We will have 9 winners in 3 categories. The categories are
Art, Technology & Jewelery. Submit your most inspiring and
interesting designs in any of the three categories to win $200 in 3D
printing for first place in a category, $100 for second place and $50
for third place.

This contest has more prizes than any other before! We hope that lots of you enter and show us some amazing work!

Until when can I enter?

The last day to upload an entry is the 20th of October. The contest will be
judged by a jury of community members and the winners will be announced
at Dutch Design Week on the 25th of October.

How to enter?

To enter add the tag “Metal Inspiration” to your
model and also add your model to the gallery “Metal Inspiration” when
uploading. All models have to be public. All the models in the contest are visible on the contest gallery you can find that here.

So who will be your judges?

Martin Baumers, PHD student in the economics of rapid manufacturing at Loughborough University.

Bathsheba Grossman, pioneer in 3D printing and mathematical art. Her Shapeways Shop is here, we have an interview here and her site here.

Rob Mack, 3D modeling guru/artist, toy designer and winner of several of our previous contests. His Shapeways Shop is here, an interview is here and his website here.

The model up top is Bathsheba’s Klein Bottle and bottom model is Rob’s Reclining Wink. Now get going, make something beautiful. 


  1. Michael Williams

    Do we get a fee print of our metal inspiration model if we win? That would be nifty.

  2. Khannea Suntzu

    If you guys want to make a killing, do the following
    1 – create a subscription plan with assembly website. Entrants can get parts mailed on a montly basis and you offer either plastic parts or metal parts.

    2 – shapeways assembles a model (see below) that can be assembled by mechanical means – no glue, no soldering – just screws and bolts. I checked, none of the pieces need be bigger than 20cm. Start with the skull.

    3 – a subscription plan should be a monthly, contractual, and clients can’t back out of it. What would be fair, 100 for metal, 30 for plastic parts? IU don’t know. Whatever the case the total structure should be assembled in under 2 years.

    4 – shapeways would have to figure out the rights issues – something that will in itself set a remarkable precedent in terms of future legislation. In brokering a deal with Halcyon, you’d be effectively writing history.

    Even if you produce the parts at no profit, the value in publicity would be off the scales. What you offer is a 1:1 life size (190cm) replica of a movie prop, in hard plastic or shiny metal. Parts would have moving joints and the assembled object in metal would probably weigh more than 200 kilo. I’d suggest keeping the parts strung together with metal cable inside the joints. Optionally you could electrical parts, add lights, lens parts, maybe even sounds – but I’d emphasize brutal realism for the whole product. It should look extremely real from close up.

    I am positive you should be able to both bomb the scene witgh publicity as well as make a significant profit.

    1. Joris


      A subscription plan is a great idea. But what would be the benefit for the customer be?


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