The Polycount 3D design community has contributed countless incredible assets to the Steam Workshop, so we’re excited to announce that today, Shapeways and Polycount are launching a contest that challenges artists to create new 3D printed products inspired by the heroes and world of Valve’s Dota® 2. Join any of the five Polycount contest categories. In each category, one 3D modeler will win a Wacom Intuos 3D tablet (complete with the fantastic-for-beginners ZBrushCore software), their project 3D printed by Shapeways in the material of their choosing (up to $250), and the coveted Polycount trophy. Enter your Radiant and Dire designs before April 29th, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST to be eligible to win!

The Polycount contest categories are:

Submission Guidelines:

4 steps to follow:

  1. Design a Dota® 2-themed model to be printed.
    Using your favorite 3D modeling software, design a character, product or hardware based on Dota® 2. Check out these for inspiration.
  2. Upload your design to Shapeways and make sure that it’s ready to print.
    Sign up for a Shapeways account, open up a free Shapeways shop (if you don’t already have one). Here’s a tutorial that will walk you through the process.
  3. Describe and tag your design to enter the Valve License agreement
    In your model’s ‘Description’ field, tell us about your Valve product. Enter the tags ‘dota 2’ and ‘polycount’ then read and accept the licensing agreement. 
  4. Share a WIP (work-in-progress) thread in the contest category forum you’re entering in. A WIP thread must be made and maintained in the contest sub-forum for your discipline to show progress and avoid pre-made designs being used, including a link to the final product on Shapeways.


A note from the Shapeways team: While it is not required as part of your entry and will not impact your chances of winning, once you’ve entered let us know by sharing your entry on Twitter or Instagram with @Shapeways. We’re excited about seeing your entries and want to help spread the word as you finish them!

Head over to Polycount now to get started.


DOTA 2 Sniper Figurine

Sniper from DOTA 2 by designer Bilal Khan of Miniature Den

General rules:

The contest starts once announced on Monday, February 19th, 2018.

The contest ends on April 29th, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.

All winners will be announced within two weeks of the contest end.

Shapeways is the sole judge of the contest and their judgment will be final.

Winners will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Printability – Getting a good 3D print takes a more than just sculpting up a great design. Study the guides Shapeways offers to give you the extra details you’ll need to know when setting up your entries.
  • Creativity – The potential for designs and objects is endless. Surprise us all with a great idea and you may find yourself a winner.
  • Artistic merit – A great idea and printability are important but how well your design is executed and presented will be judged as well.


To be eligible to win:

1:  All participants must be registered to both Polycount and Shapeways websites before the end of the contest.

2:  A WIP (work-in-progress) thread must be made and maintained in the contest category sub-forum on Polycount for your project, with the final version linked to your Shapeways shop:

3:  You’ll be asked to opt into the Valve license agreement as these designs can be sold to the public from your Shapeways store.  Shapeways is an official partner with Valve and have set up a page that will probably answer a lot of your initial questions; all the nitty-gritty details of how the license works are there.

Please note: Current partners, contractors, and employees of Shapeways are not eligible for participation in this contest. For the official contest rules, please follow this link.


There will be a winner and runner-up in each contest category.

The winners will get a Wacom Intuos 3D (which includes the fabulous ZBrushCore for free), $250 in 3D printing credit to Shapeways, and an awesome trophy.

Runners-up will receive $50 in 3D printing credit to Shapeways.


How to make your 3D model 3D printable

FAQ for Model uploads

How to open a shop and place your model for sale


Tinker figurine from Dota 2

Tinker from Dota® 2 by Mostly Jewelry