Think about a box. Do you picture it? Now think out of the box. It’s a dead-simple instruction how to become a cool inventor. We need your shining talent to upgrade the things we cannot get enough of – phones, laptops, cameras, TVs, tablets, etc. Create a cool gadget (electronic or otherwise) accessory, something really useful and out of the box (follow the instruction) and get your hands on some amazing prizes.
There couldn’t be a better time to start inventing. Combine your sharpest ideas with 3D printing to bring the new inventions to life – multi-purpose cases, stands, holders, gramophones…you name it. If you need a quick test to see whether your idea is cool enough, show it to a five-year-old – they never lie.
Smart inventions for smarter life is what we aim for – let’s go pimp some gadgets.
It may seem a little early, but being early can’t hurt, right? Remember last year’s shipping nightmare? Yeah, we thought so. Let’s take the hassle out of this year’s Christmas shopping and start thinking about the perfect gift for your friend, your loved one, your home or pet. We have a little surprise this time that will keep you on track and motivated!
Having joined forces with the 3D printing experts from i.materialise, we are thrilled to present you the i.materialise Holiday challenge that has two distinct categories – silver and ceramics.
3D printing is here to make the Christmas shopping a tad more special with the customization and bespoke design options. It’s time that we move away from gift vouchers and ginger cookies to high-quality, beautiful presents that have the power to dazzle or bring back personal memories. Think jewelry, homeware, personal accessories, hobbies, crafts or anything else that can spark a smile.
What we’re asking, really, is to keep in mind the material that you wish your gift to be printed in; avoid the cheap Santa figurines and snowflake decorations and think bigger – what can help you win and then help you sell? Remember, the winner gets his models printed by i.materialise!
3D-Print for your bright Christmas with the right gifts!
Check out the Things you should know section for more info on category specifications!
Makers and DIYers are suddenly among the sexiest amateurs online. Everyone's building, creating, constructing - it seems that surfing (the most hipster hobby available), has now been replaced. What gave the Makers Movement such a powerful boost that it went from geeky to cool? We’ll take a wild guess and say that (among other things) it’s definitely 3D printing.
Makers are dedicated to building useful, sustainable products using the collective knowledge, since designs are often open source, allowing others to contribute. We have noticed the surging interest in the Makers Movement among 3D designers and thought it’s the right time to tap into this fast-growing industry. We’re fascinated to see what constructions and creations you will submit to the Makers Challenge, because we (like yourselves) believe that if you can think it, you can print it. It’s all about finding the right angle.
So what will be considerate suitable? Anything that involves engineering, building, creating, constructing, has that crazy vibe of invention and innovation and consists of at least three components. Makers want to earn money while changing the world and the society for the better, keep that in mind when you’re fiddling with your new projects. And while you're at it, think about your design from a journalist's perspective - would it make a cover story of an ordinary man, who has devised an extraordinary product? Excellent.
There’s been a lot of discussion and a lot of speculation about the way the fashion industry will be disrupted by 3D printing technology in the near future. Some believe that 3D-printed fashion will take the streets first and then climb its way to the podiums and haute couture salons, while others argue that 3D printing has already left a distinct mark on high-end fashion and the influence it has on upcoming trends will only increase. All we can do now is stay up to speed with whatever is going on in the industry and place our bets.
The 3D Fashion Challenge is a window to the future. We are giving you full control – decide for yourself what the hot trends will be, the must-haves, the new design masterpieces and old-but-transformed bestsellers. How will 3D printing change the way we choose and wear everything from clothes to shoes and essential accessories like bags, hats or belts? Will the customization option bring in more creativity or chaos? Will we see hundreds of different designs of the same item and pop-up street stalls with 3D-printed goodies or will we opt for one-of-a-kind designs?
Mix and match and show us the face of the future fashion.
Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance genius, has been dead for almost 500 years, but his works continue to captivate the modern day researchers and scientists. He’s best remembered for his masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa or the Last Supper, but Leonardo da Vinci is also one of the greatest anatomists of all times. During his lifetime, the great painter made thousands of notes and drawings of human body; clinical anatomists believe that his works can still help us understand the mechanics of human body, since they were hundreds of years ahead of its time.
So why are we suddenly so interested in the Renaissance legend? Easy. We are hoping to unearth future artists, who work with slightly different drawing tools, like 3D modeling software, but will make a similar impact on art and mankind alike. Da Vinci is probably the best inspirational source you could find.
We’re after high-quality, detailed visualizations of male and female bodies that could become a great learning tool used to explore the systems of human body as well as realistic human 3D models that would easily pass the strict scrutiny of video game developers. Human character challenge is dedicated to human anatomy, the shapes and proportions of human body, the intricate details of anatomical structures, systems, muscles and organs. Can you model a realistic face, hands, skeleton or human body? We want to see it.
Show us what you’ve got.
There are so many mechanical innovations and crazy inventions that technologically it is already entirely possible to have a part car, part drone, part plane parked in your garage. It does sound a little insane, but only because it’s a completely new concept to us. We don’t realize that when we’re on a plane, we’re basically flying on a drone, as drones are based on the exact same technology. Does having a personal flying vehicle in front of your home excite you or scare you?
Designing a future vehicle is a liberating experience, since there are no rules and no expectations. The Future Vehicles challenge is aimed at those who can’t help but wonder what the future supercars will look like, how we’ll travel from point A to point B and what new and captivating features these vehicles will possess.
Do not limit yourself to the conventional means of transport, let’s explore all possible methods of travelling – from electric rickshaws, to two-wheeled part drone, part car monsters or even flying trams. Any computer-generated 3D model of a fantasy concept vehicle is welcome, as we join forces in unraveling the future travel.
3D Printing Kids Challenge: Learn, Dream, Create
If your brain is bubbling with ideas, you have a flair for technology and have the guts to go head to head with other young geniuses like yourself, take this challenge and see your inventions come to life.
Do you see ways how to improve the school life, home and leisure time using 3D-printed objects? Have you developed an inspiring toy concept or come up with a brilliant invention for everyday problems? Then go ahead and design it. The easiest way to develop a truly inventive idea for your project is to find something that causes trouble, a daily problem that gets people frustrated, something that requires a creative approach – then put your mind to it and offer a 3D printing-inspired solution.
We will welcome a wide range of good quality 3D printable models from juniors aged 14 & under.
Let your imagination roam free – learn, dream, create!
Cars are so last season. The world is changing - with the climate change threatening the survival of human beings and gas costs skyrocketing, a record number of people are opting for a much healthier and cheaper commute - cycling. There are billions of bikes produced every year, which basically means one thing - they are mainstream. FlyKly, the main sponsor of this challenge, is just the right example to illustrate cyclists’ devotion to finding the smoothest and smartest way to travel.
“Cycling is a great solution to commute in the city, escape the traffic, save the environment and be part of the community. FlyKly is dedicated to making bicycle friendly cities and improving the way we travel from A to Z in the fastest, smoothest and smartest way possible. With this challenge, FlyKly would like to encourage designers to design innovative accessories for urban cycling that will be available instantly to 3D print and fun to use in order to make the urban cycling fun, safe and smart,” - says Niko Klansek, Founder of FlyKly.
3D printing is here to help us take advantage of mass personalization by offering cyclists the opportunity to customize their urban beasts. 3D Printed Bicycle Accessories Challenge is an opportunity for you to tap into this huge and still growing market. Cyclists take their gear very seriously, so if you can offer them relevant, and (more importantly) better products than the ones that already exist in the marketplace, you can be sure to grow some loyal clientele.
What does it take to turn a standard bike into a street-killer? Just about everything you can think of: valve caps, mirrors, wall mounts, bottle holders, mud guards or handlebar grips… Take a good look at a bike and go reinvent it. Please.
When it comes to 3D-printed jewellery, the new technology is redefining our notion of what is possible. We know the current trends and they’re exciting, but what could really blow everyone’s minds is peeking into the future and bringing those visions to life through 3D printing.
3D printing is said to be completely transforming jewellery industry, but we need a proof. This time we want you to give the fashion world a little shake...
In a society where everyone's striving to stand out, custom products can certainly be the ace in your pocket. Jewellery is an essential part of a stylish look and it’s such a broad range of products, too! Everything from rings, earrings and pendants to headwear or belt buckles goes under this category.
Can you think of a time when you wanted to purchase a unique piece of jewellery, but couldn't find one that you really liked? Wrong colour, size or a too mainstream design? Sure you can, we've all been there. That's what we're talking about. The 3D Printable Jewellery challenge is all about the eye-catching, memorable jewellery designs that are created to impress.
Do us a favour and dazzle us with your creativity.
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3D Sports Challenge: Better Harder Faster Stronger
Whether you’re actively engaged in sports or love spending your evenings watching sport games in your living room (or maybe you’re exceptionally good at inventing new sports?), we are super pleased to announce the new and exciting 3D CG modelling challenge. Take a deep breath and start brainstorming your ideas to produce the most interesting sport-related 3D models and win some amazing prizes sponsored by Maxon, V-Ray, Digital Tutors, Verold and Flare3D.
With the football World Cup holding the world in its grips, it’s the perfect time to express your support for your favourite team, player or coach. Not a fan of football? That’s good too. We invite you to create 3D models of any sport – real or soon-to-be-real – and get cracking! There are no rules in the fantasy world, so don’t be shy and show everyone why they should be excited about YOUR imaginary sport!
Have you read a book called “The Island of Doctor Moreau”? It is a science fiction novel about a crazy doctor who creates human-like beings from animals via vivisection in a secret island. Well, we do not suggest you to do that, not at all. We have something simpler, yet as exciting for you. We have a new interface, so, obviously, we need some plants and animals to inhabit it. Behold, it is the new challenge of a redesigned CGTrader. Show us your knowledge on flora and fauna - create the most incredible 3D models of live creatures. The authors of the best models and portfolios will be awarded with stocks for their “laboratories” of world creation. We have LightWave and ChronoSculpt licenses from NewTek LightWave as well as handy stuff from Subburb, VIZPARK, Video Copilot and Itoo Software prepared for the winners. All you need to do is to come up with a great 3D model of animal or plant and take those prizes. Come on, do it! We know, you can.
You are probably well aware that 3D printing is breaking into new territories every day. This time we’re occupying the most important area of all – your home! And every other home around the world. It’s time to really show everyone what can be done with a 3D printer. Why bother going shopping for homeware products, if you can print them at home? We invite you to push the limits of your creativity and design 3D printable items that would be handy at home, which is basically everything from door knobs and picture frames to cutlery sets and bedroom furniture – there are no bad ideas.
Creating a cosy and beautiful home has never been easier. Can’t find a flower pot to fit your windowsill? Print one. Need a custom-made toolbox to hold all your screwdrivers? Print one. A lid of your kettle got broken? Print a new one. It’s okay if you feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of choices that this challenge provides – creative chaos is an artist’s best friend and we’re positive you’ll come back with mind-blowing 3D printable items.
Although it is a very exciting challenge, we don’t expect you to work for nothing! Among other fantastic prizes, we have an assembled TAZ 4 3D printer from LulzBot to give away and plenty of cash. You get the idea, now start creating!
Easter is a very special holiday for Christians. That is why we are back with another holiday-related challenge. Did you know that Easter signifies rebirth? Then, why Easter should stay the same every year? 2014 is the year when it is going to rebirth itself. And it is going to rebirth in 3D printable items.
“How?”, - you ask? Well, you will make it yourselves! That is right, we invite you, 3D designers to make change the world a little bit once again.
Create something unique. It can be a decoration or an Easter gift, or even something that depicts the end of the Great Lent. It's eggsalicious!
Stop The Moment!
When was the last time when you took a photo of a nice landmark? There are a lot of worldwide famous tourist attractions around the planet. Machu Pikchu, Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge - there are so many amazing places in this “3rd rock from the sun” that it would be so absurd to name them all. Of course, there are a lot of less known or even unknown places which are as beautiful and astonishing as those mentioned before. You can also create various sculptures, statues or various points of interest.
A photo camera is not the only gadget which could be used to stop the moment in picture. Computer can be also used to do that. How come? By designing 3D models of landmarks, of course! That is right, if you are a 3D landmarks modeling professional, it is your chance create something astonishing!
There are great prizes waiting for the authors of the best models and portfolio - MAXON's Cinema 4D Visualize - the full 3D modeling, rendering and animation package for architects, product designers and visualizers, rendering monster KeyShot from Luxion, some mouses from 3Dconnexion and many more. So, everything you need to do is a 3D model of an impressive landmark. It could even be a non-existing place. Or you can simply choose one of the best known sightseeing places. Feel free to take us on a tour around the world.
Meme 3D Printing Challenge: such much wow
Facebooke has just turned tene last monthe. Amaze. Such much has changed since the very beginning. Wow. Very much so good memes were posted on this social network. Much more wow will be if it will be three dee printed. Alright, let’s get serious… Yes, Facebook has really turned 10 this month. Yes, it has changed a lot since 2004. It has become a tool for communication between people. It has changed even the way how people interact with each other.
Sharing is caring? Sharing is laughing! Internet memes - that is something that had become big during these 10 years. Of course, you have seen at least one of them online. (Probably, even more than one.) Jackie Chan? Beyonce? Anybody? Yeah, we see that troll face you are making!
Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to see a meme in reality! Make a 3D printable meme and get so much wow prizes from our sponsors for the best 3D printable model and portfolio. You and your friends will be a part of jury - likes and shares of your model will be counted as points. So, do not forget to share and promote your model online.
Special thanks to Ryan Kittleson for letting us use pictures of his 3D printed memes!
It was the year 2414 when the entire human race was forced to leave planet Earth as a result of the disorder in the parallel universe. It directly affected the solar system and whole Universe as we know it. No one knows what exactly happened, but the living conditions on the majority of planets became unhabitable. In these times of instability and race migration a war broke out when two origins had collided one with another due to growing supply needs and habitable territories.
The galaxy split into the origins of good and evil. The good ones were concerned to restore stability and overcome the crisis in a peaceful way. The evil ones, however, had a desire to use this crisis to take control over the whole Universe. It marked the beginning of a war that would last for hundreds of years. It still continues to this day, and the universe needs you to end this conflict!
Brave 3D designer, it is time for you to take a side - join Polyguardians or Enraged Verticians. Design anything that could help your side win: spaceships, characters, buildings, vehicles, guns - you name it. Anything goes! And let the stronger side win. That’s right - the participants of the winning side will be awarded with a special prizes. However, the most stunning model and portfolio will be selected from all entries of the challenge.
Join the battle for the Universe!
Are you tired of the same gifts for Valentine’s Day each year? Great! Here is a wonderful chance to change that once and for all.
Sweets, flowers, jewelry - it is easy to foresee the gift-giving moves of a man in love, right? Well, it is not a secret, that the best gifts are those which can surprise. One thing that definitely surprises is 3D printing.
Join our side and make Valentine’s day a 3D printable day. Re-think the shape of heart, the shape of any other gifts - teddy bears, jewelry and anything that could be presented as a gift or somehow relates with the day of love.
Create a unique 3D printable model of something for Valentine’s day and win great prizes - we have a 3D printer over here waiting for the winner.
Love is in the air - put it in a 3D print!
It is the year 2013 - Santa Claus and his elves are still the leaders of Christmas gift-giving market. They say that they “make gifts in the North Pole”. Therefore, most of the world companies probably have factories there. It is time to change the balance in the gift making market and put Santa into the 2nd place.
The only way to do it is to use the alternative manufacturing - 3D printing. The future is near, dear designers. You better turn on your 3D modeling software. You are essential part of 3D printing revolution and it is a substantial platform for you. Together we can make history.
Design a 3D printable model of a gift or decoration for Christmas and take those prizes home. Be creative - we must overcome the army of the North Pole. Christmas is coming soon - be prepared.
Make The World Wonder
Have you ever dreamt to live in a modern house that no-one had ever thought be possible to build? Something so fancy that even the richest men of the planet would find difficult to bring to life. Or maybe the perfect simplicity is the best sample of architectural perfection? Transform your imagination into floor, walls, ceilings and the roof. Then exchange it to fame.
Design a building of epic architecture with marvelous exterior or stagger us with an interior which could confuse even the best professionals of architecture and interior design. We are going to award the winners in two categories: exterior and interior. This time it is a 2-in-1 challenge!
We have exclusive V-Ray goodies for the winner – the most photo-realistic rendering technology. Or maybe you would you like to get a... Space mouse - created especially for 3D modeling? Or get the solution for design, visualization and architectural communication from Twinmotion? It is just a small part of the prizes! 3D Architects, engineers, designers and artists - come and show your skills worldwide. Only roof is the limit!
Do you hear the creativity singing to you from the stock of paper? You should. We challenge you to bring the brilliance and magic of the digital world into the analog life. Design the best 3D printable model for Staples and bank in 1000 EUR in cash as well as an opportunity to sell your design at Staples – one of the largest office supply retailers in the world!
The models should be specially made for MCor Iris True Color 3D printer. This amazing printer uses standard copy paper to print 3D models – it prints 3D object layer by layer on paper sheets. Colored ink is being deposited on both sides of the paper sheet in the printing process – forget about the single color, you can use more than 1 million of them in your design.
The best models, made for this challenge, will be made available for buyers in Staples MyEasy3D store. Staples and CGTrader give you a unique opportunity to not only touch what you created with your fingers – literally, but also make it a stylish and popular souvenir or business gift. So, have it in mind and create something that looks attractive, interesting, and unique. Upgrade the art of origami – make the paper dance for you!
Want to participate in the challenge? All you have to do is to prove that your fantasy and professionalism is a more powerful potion than uranium or the famous deadly spell Avada Kedavra that was used by Lord Voldemort against Harry Potter.
Let your childhood beasts leave the wardrobe or get out from under the bed. Call all the fairies, elves, goblins, dwarfs, owls, wizards, hobbits, witches, lizards, unicorns, centaurs, mermaids, princes, giants you have ever read about to wake up from the book pages, to step off the TV screen and to awake from the life of being a plush toy. Immediately design them!
Then participate in this unique challenge with your original entries and... have all the chances to become the winner!
Would you like to develop your skills by learning from the leading professional Blizzard artist and member of Riot Games family? Have you ever dreamt about making your own game characters or the whole computer game? I am sure yes. So, we will help you.
Welcome to the 3D modeling galaxy. You are here to design new generation computer game models not overcoming the boundary of 50,000 polygons and unlimiting your fantasy. Digitize all your imaginary friends or favourite game characters. Find no restriction in nostalgia zone. No boundaries in amount of uploaded 3D models. Style, colours, type, a particular game - do not matter.
Get into the challenge and win the stunning prizes to start working on your own game the world has not seen before.
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