2011 ICFF Design for 3D Printing Contest

Get your design 3D Printed and Exposure at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC.

So you want to show your stuff in NYC? AWESOME.

Now is the time to enter the Shapeways 2011 ICFF Design for 3D Printing Contest.

The winner will get their design 3D printed in the material of their choice and displayed along with the best contemporary design in the world at ICFF in NYC.

To enter, upload your design to Shapeways and add the tag ‘ICFF11’ to it. It must be a new design to Shapeways and you also need to upload a full color render. The winner will be chosen by the Shapeways design and marketing staff in NYC.
You can submit designs to the contest with a value of up to U$400 and the design can be wholly 3D printed or they can incorporate other components (you will need to supply them if you win to display at ICFF)

Entries are open until the 17th of April 5:00 PM EST 2011

Full terms and conditions are on the contest page.

To Enter:

  • Upload your model to Shapeways with the tag  “ICFF11” before the 17th of April 2011
  • Your entry must cost under $400 to 3D print excluding mark-up and VAT
  • Upload a full color render as preview

ICFF is one of the biggest and most important design events in the USA, nigh, the world…

During the Fair’s four days, 145,000 net square feet (13,500 net square meters) of the Javits Center will bustle with more than 23,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, designers, manufacturers, representatives, distributors, and developers. Members of the general public are welcome on Tuesday, May 17 when the ICFF is open to all comers.

More than 550 exhibitors will display contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors. This assemblage of national and international exhibitors affords the chance to experience the most selective scope of the globe’s finest, most creative, individual, and original avant-garde home and contract products (that’s You all) – handily and temptingly showcased in one venue.

Let’s see what you got !!!!

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  1. Mitchell Jetten

    Shapeways pays the ticket from NL (or where the winner lives) to NYC? 😀
    i’m in

  2. Duann

    I have had some questions emailed to me in regard to the ICFF contest I would like to share in case it helps others..

    I have a few questions concerning the ICFF competition:
    – will only the winning Design be exhibited?

    You will have the option of showing more of your designs if you win
    we are curating other designers to show alongside

    – Will the winner get the 3D model back?


    – Does the 3D model have to function, example: does a Light have to work?

    no, but it would be nice if it does

    – Can we combine different materials? a part metal, a part plastic, a part glass.. ? ( keeping the total printing costs under 400$)

    yes, that would be cool.

    – Can we submit multiple designs?

    yes, enter as many times as you like

    – how would this work if the parts need to be assembled, screwed together, cabled, painted..? Do you do this?

    you would need to do it, or give me really clear instructions and all other parts.

    Please feel free to ask for any further clarification.


  3. todd blatt

    Can we use $370 worth of WSF, and then $30 of traditionally manufactured glass?

    Can we use $400 worth of WSF, and $100 of traditionally manufactured glass and us cover the difference?

  4. nikkuudesign

    Was wondering if the designs that are printed need to be designed as functional or just concept? Will visitors to the fair have sitting access to the models? Are they supposed to be functional designs?
    thanks Melissa

  5. Nadine

    I have a question about the 3d model. Do you mean that whoever is the winner, he will have to send the prototype to icff exhibit?how do i enter the competition? Can i just send full rendered 3d images of my piece? Thank you

    1. todd blatt

      My understanding is that to enter you just tag your design with ICFF11 and that’s it! You should send in a render too, and if you winn they’ll print your design and display it for you

    2. Nadine

      How about the amount that should not exceed 400 usd, what is that cost? Is that the cost of the actual piece if you will make it? Because it says you should not exceed with that amount.. Im a bit confused..please help

    3. todd blatt

      don’t be confused… just make it so your model costs less than $400 to 3d print

  6. isaie

    dear shapeways

    in your terms and conditions you are quoting the following sentence
    ‘The winner will be chosen by the Shapeways design and marketing staff in NYC’

    should i understand that the design has to have a future commercial value for your company?


  7. cinders

    Hi there
    If i need to send you instructions/ some background information- where do you send it to? As i assume the upload function is expecting for the rendering files.
    Also – i am new to 3D printing but where there are connection points- is there an expectation that we will need to send you separate renders and explain to you how they break down and how they need to be connected?

    Please advise.

  8. marc

    I uploaded my entries with the ICFF11 tag but made them hidden. Do they still participate?

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