Is there life on Mars or are we alone in the entire universe? There are thousands of UFO stories and aliens being spotted around the world every day... are all of them pure lies? And what about the future? Will those creatures (if they exist?!) live among us and become part of our society?
These questions have been tackled in various sci-fi movies, games and books about alien attacks and invasions. However, fantasy films aren't the only factors making us doubt our fact-based reality. "I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," says NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan and - you will agree - he is pretty convincing. Or at least a little bit more realistic.
Inspired by the numerous sources of alien-focused discussions, we got curious to know how CG designers imagine aliens and interpret this challenge theme. Its title indicates what we're looking for: show us fictional creatures from the planets existing in space (or inside your head, for that matter), design their spaceships or other spacecraft helping them to travel from one planet to another, and construct their living environment in 3D. Let's inject some 3D fantasies into this alien story.
It is evident that 3D printing has place in schools and will continue to have a significant impact and value for education. That's why we decided to contribute to the worldwide initiative and organize an educational project called "History Through 3D Printing". The expected outcomes will be grouped in two model categories: 1. Miniatures / busts of US presidents 2. Miniatures representing architectural styles.
How will it work? You can find the list of required models below. Every week it will be updated to demonstrate, which models are still required to complete the collection. At the end of the challenge, the best models will be awarded. Even if your model is not among the winners, be sure to check the final collection - we may still feature it if it's got us charmed.
We are doing this because we believe that our community is strong enough to initiate such a movement and help the young generation become better aware of 3D printing and its potential to be used in the process of learning. This idea is supported by amazing partners: 3D Systems offering the 3D printer for the winner of this challenge and Colorfabb!
1. William McKinley (1897-1901)
2. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
3. William Howard Taft (1909-1913)
4. Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)
5. Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)
6. Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)
7. Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
8. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)
9. Harry S Truman (1945-1953)
10. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
11. John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)
12. Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)
13. Richard Nixon (1969-1974)
14. Gerald Ford (1974-1977)
15. Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
16. Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
17.George Bush (1989-1993)
18.Bill Clinton (1993-2001)
19. George W. Bush (2001-2009)
20. Barack Obama (2009-present)
Join this meaningful initiative and let's do some good together!
At least once in your life there should have been a situation when one or another part of your gadget - smartphone adapter, toaster locker or whatever - had got broken. You are getting desperate and disappointed asking yourself: "Where on Earth could I find this small piece?" Usually the answer is: "Nowhere, my dear. You should probably go and grab a new toaster or adapter" as it could be really hard to come by with a tiny component needed. Doesn't sound exciting, does it?
One of the most practical ways to use 3D printing technology is spare parts. So, this brand new challenge is a call for makers, DYI designer communities, 3D printing professionals and enthusiasts! Think about the items, gadgets or whatever what can have breakable parts and design them. For the author of the best model our amazing challenge sponsor Leapfrog 3D printers company is ready to give away the fascinating and extremely motivating prize - Leapfrog Creatr HS printer worth $2500! Imagine the ability to print dozens of spare parts for your friends and yourself!
Maybe this challenge will help someone to get the spare part needed? We're giving you a hint: it is said that some previous generation Apple adapter is known for stopping working after some time due to its design... Here's only one idea, but we believe dozens of them spin in your head. Let those ideas turn into 3D printable objects! CGTrader and Leapfrog 3D printers company will work on boosting your motivation for that!
Make it useful, make it printable and make it work!
Can you imagine your life without a soft and comfortable bed to lay after an extremely intensive day? What place would you choose to eat at if there were no chairs, sofas and tables invented?
It's a fortune - we are living in the ages, which bring us countless number of extraordinary and unique furniture designs. Thus, we decided to expand the supply even more and run CG Furniture challenge! We believe it's the best time to give the opportunity for furniture designers to compete with each other for the recognition and marvelous prizes.
You are free to design any kind and any style of furniture. Medieval style chair or futuristic couch - everything works. Surprise us and surpass yourself! Don't forget that one model could be only for one challenge and should be uploaded during the challenge period.
Don't lay in bed, design one instead giving your best shot!
Summer is yet to come bringing joy and warmness not only to people, but also to all living creatures. Thus, we decided to take the opportunity and launch Flora and Fauna challenge as the upcoming season will certainly help you to get inspired for such a topic!
In nature, flora and fauna complement each other, but since you are given a blank page, it's up to you to decide whether to model only plants, animals (take a look at bear 3D model, venom 3D model or velociraptor 3D model if you're out of ideas!) or combine them together! Your models - our prizes. This time we have really great ones: memberships from CG Cookie, Grow FX licenses from Exlevel, Autograss licenses from Happy Digital, Plant Kits by Laubwerk, $1000 render fee by Rayvision, Transform and Signal tools by Greyscalegorilla and cool prizes from CGTrader.
Generate original ideas, put them into the 3D model and render, add as much quality as possible and win marvelous prizes worth more than $7,000!
CGTrader has teamed up with Microsoft to bring you something spectacular!
Microsoft are preloading the 3D Builder printing app with Windows 10. They are looking for 3D models specifically designed for testing and benchmarking 3D printers that will help users check the results for accuracy and deviations. For the best entries they are giving incredible prizes, including a Surface Pro 3! So, get ready - it will be swift and intense, but totally worth it!
You are given only a few short weeks to show what you are capable of and who knows, maybe your model will be preloaded on Windows 10! The kind of 3D print designs you want to make depends entirely on you, just make sure it is visually appealing and attractive. The most important part: don’t forget to look through the technical features mentioned in the 'judging' section as only those models which match the requirements will have a chance to be selected.
Do your best and become part of something that will touch many!
There were times when independent designers were really just tiny specks of creativity compared to the well-established design studios. The big guys ran the show and there was not much jewelry designers without serious financial backing could do to jump over that barrier. Well, let's call those times the pre-3D-printing Era. It's a bit like talking about the lives of those who survived the pre-Google Era. Tough times, serious struggle, happy to never know what that really means.
Consider yourself born under a lucky star if you have an unwavering passion for jewelry design and would like to give it a try. It's your time, and it's absolutely possible for you to earn money from such talent. Stop making excuses and start bending the software to produce the best pieces you can.
We have teamed up with MiiCraft+ to bring you an exciting 3D printing models challenge. These guys specialize in printers almost entirely dedicated to printing 3D jewelry and accessories. They were so generous to offer the Miicraft+ printer for the winner of the best 3D printable design category. So give it your best shot, because the game is on!
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain speaking...
With the new CG Watercraft challenge we're going into open water. Is your ship / boat/ yacht/ canoe/ kayak/ raft... ready? Let's sail together.
It's a broad and therefore challenging concept, but the opportunity to showcase your realistic, vintage, steampunk, fantasy, army or futuristic watercraft designs will excite every pirate and sailor wannabe. If not that, then maybe the challenge of creating something that will leave your peers and judges in awe is something that will cause a storm inside of you. We're looking for high quality 3D watercraft models to strengthen our fleet.
Turn on your creativity mode and start uploading, as there are some kick-ass prizes to be won: Thea Render Studio licenses + all available plugins 3DS,C4D,SketchUp,Rhino by Solidiris, Toolbag 2 license by Marmoset, Subscription for 3 months by Pluralsight and cool prizes by CGTrader.
We're just beginners when it comes to captain talking, but all hands hoay! (= everyone get on the deck!)
Do you game? That's the question. A modern take on Shakespear's "to be or not to be?" and (honestly) a filter that many use to decide which people are worthy of their friendship.
Hardcore and occasional gamers will appreciate the idea of diving into their fantasy concepts and emerging with game-ready 3D low poly models they'd love to see in a game. Whether you choose to create a favorite character model or environment concepts, there are only two requirements:
If you don't game and don't feel like the challenge theme particularly excites you, we have one killer reason that will keep you motivated - 3D game-ready models are among the best selling 3D works in the industry. See, you're hyped up now. Money is always a good driver.
Turn on your creativity mode and start uploading, as there are some kick-ass prizes to be won: 3D Shader Bundles by Video Copilot, iClone5 PRO Bundles by Reallusion, videos of choice from V-Ray or 3ds Max classes by CG School, software licenses by Moi3D.
Wearable technology is spinning the tech-lovers out of control. There's so much media frenzy about the upcoming release of Apple Watch that, no matter whether you love or hate the idea of the first chic wearable, it's in your face.
The new 3D printable models free challenge is all about the Apple Watch and the commercial possibilities waiting to be unlocked. It's a fantastic opportunity for you to use the vibrant pre-sale anticipation period to promote your 3D print designs and earn money off your talent. Submit 3D printable accessory designs compatible with the new smart watch, such as watch-stands, cases, buckles and straps, travel pouches, and so on, to win sparkling prizes and see your 3D models added to the special Apple Watch Accessories collection, boosting your chances to hit the jackpot. Let the 3D printed games begin!
We say the smartwatch needs a smart touch to take the world by storm.
In the old times they used a different word for April, which meant "the month of openings". Christians celebrated the resurrection of Christ during the month of openings, hence the Easter egg that symbolizes new beginnings, new life and fertility. We don't really bother finding out facts that our traditions sit on anymore, and who could blame us? Given the speed we live at and the different perspective we have on life, less and less people care about looking back to learn about the history and focus on imprinting their mark on the future. And this, we believe, is where 3D printing emerges offering a different take on new beginnings, a way to apply one's imagination, creativity and skill to contribute to shaping the future.
The Easter 3D Printing challenge is an attempt to liven up the traditional spring festival that celebrates the idea of new life using modern technologies. What comes to mind when we think about the Easter festival is family gatherings, sprouting flowers, chocolate eggs and colorful decorations. The question we want you to ponder is how 3D printing models could be used to infuse the festival with new ideas, state-of-the-art product designs and unusual knick-knacks for decorating. Let the 3D printed games begin.
The winners will receive awesome prizes: 3Doodlers by 3Doodler, Filaments by 3D Filaprint and Extrudr, 10% discount when ordering your print through i.materialise, 10% discount to shop in the store by Pirx3D, credits and promotional features by CGTrader.
Let's 3D print the old festival a new face!
Ironically, the 3D printed miniatures market is huge and continues to grow at meteoric speed. It's a hit, because it makes the journey from fantasy concepts, favorite games, movies or books one step closer to reality. You wake up one morning with a vivid mental image of a great warrior, far-far-away-land princess or a dream motorcycle firmly fixed in your mind, and by the time you go back to sleep, you can have it comfortably sitting on your bedside table. It's no magic, it's 3D printing.
By rolling out the 3D Printable Miniatures challenge, we want to invite you to step into the world where everything is possible. Share the 3D concept designs of everything and anything that makes your blood rush. What are you passionate about? Cars, motorcycles, architecture, art, abstract, fantasy, memes? Hit us with your most extravagant and extraordinary visions and receive generous rewards from us and our partners: 3Doodlers by 3Doodler, Filaments by 3D Filaprint and Extrudr, credits and promotional features by CGTrader.
Take a part in the challenge and surprise us!
Tell us what you see when you lift the veil and peek into the dystopian or utopian future worlds. What is your idea of alternative universe and highly altered state of existence? Are there beings out there? What do they look like? What do they do and how do they live? When you step into those parallel planets, does your heart stop due to their colorful beauty or overwhelming fear? Can we take a space lift to travel there? Let the current of questions take you to unimagined places and thrill you with implausible adventures and stories. Ignite the future with a spark of untamed imagination.
We have run a similar challenge last year and have been taken aback by the creativity and effort that went into modeling 3D spaceships, characters, buildings, vehicles, guns and all kinds of concept 3D models (halo 3D models page is a good place for ideas) that intensified the experience of visiting future worlds. In fact, it's rather addictive, so here we are again, asking you to pull the big guns and show us some back to the future stuff (Star wars 3D models, anyone?) that would make this challenge a roaring adventure.
The best visionary proposals will receive awesome prizes: Substance Indie Packs and Substance Painter / Substance Designer licenses by Allegorithmic, interviews in the magazine by 3D Artist Online, $1000 render fee by Rayvision, 1 Year Professional level Clara.io accounts by Clara.io, store credits by Daz3D, Maxwell Render Suite Node Lock and Learning Edition licenses by Nextlimit, credits and promotional features by CGTrader.
Environment. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when reading this word? Rocks? Trees? Maybe your hometown? Dozens of different scenarios and all of them are the right ones, as we decided not to put any limits on this challenge!
So remove the imaginary boundaries, turn on your fantasy and create the environment that you are or would like to be surrounded by. Yes, it means that your models can be both realistic and imaginary (take a look at sci fi 3D models for a little inspiration), just keep in mind that the natural environment should dominate.
It doesn't matter whether you are professional or just starting your path down the road to becoming a skilled 3D models artist - surprise the judges with the originality of the model / rendering, artistic skills, or quality, and win great prizes that will help you create even more amazing models.
The best visionary proposals will receive awesome prizes: DOSCH 3D: Splash Effects packages by Dosch Design, Colimo and RealPerception licenses by Motiva CG, plugins of choice by R&D Group, courses of choice by 3D Buzz, subscriptions for three months by Digital Tutors, credits and promotional features by CGTrader.
Compel us by recreating nature or designing a completely different environment to what we are used to live in! We want to see it!
You won't be surprised to learn that schools and universities around the world are starting to adopt 3D printers. The potential to innovate teaching methods using additive manufacturing technology is insane. To illustrate how huge it is, we would actually go so far as to say it might be the end of sleeping through math or biology class. (yeap, that's right)
The problem here is that cool 3D print models for educational purposes are still difficult to find. The science category may not be the sexiest one, but it is super important, and we like to think that developing this discussion we're contributing to a brighter and tech savvier future for us all. Is your inner geek still alive and well? Then shake off that cool designer's vibe and help us reshape modern education.
Science, technology, engineering, maths, design and technology - these are the disciplines that could greatly benefit from 3D models for printing. The purpose of this challenge is to generate a collection of smartly-designed and useful 3 dimensional visual aids that would help teachers illustrate hard-to-grasp concepts, enhance hands-on learning and learning by doing. Think of what drove you crazy back in school (or still is!) and what could be explained in a much much simpler way. Whether it's a 3D printable skeleton or a rocket, an engine or a set of planets - enter the challenge to woo the future adopters of 3D printing. Embrace your inner geek and win amazing prizes from 3D Printing Store, Cartesio3D, 3D Buzz and Tinkercad!
February is mostly about love and love is all about the great DESIGN of faith.
So no matter if you've got someone to share your breakfast with or you're still single because you have not yet met someone who can handle all of your awesome, we want you to put your creative energy to work and design the perfect Valentine's day gift.
What 3D printing models bring to the table is the unexpected, the impossible-made-possible and the truly personal. So we think it's time to 3D print the present that will leave your SO in awe (and get you all the great prizes!). Let's not have another Valentine's day filled with chocolates and meaningless postcards...
What could make a good present? Aim for classics and add your own twist: jewelry, art, home or gadget categories seem to be the best fit for this occasion. You can even print your beloved's 3D dog model for a perfect surprise. Show us some love!
The new generation of robots is nothing like the sandwich-maker-type of machines that we thought them to be 20 years ago. Modern robots can look and behave like humans, pushing the imagination boundaries to extreme lengths. Here at CGTrader we think robots(like the recent ultron 3D model) are cool and they'll be integral to our future, but everyone knows that creative projects like building a robot have to start from the basics - it starts with an idea. What will the robot look like? What functions and features will it have? Will it be a cute, functional, military, utilitarian or steampunk machine? We love them all, bring it on!
The CG Robots Challenge is designed with 3D artists in mind who are interested in exploring new concepts and creating something fresh and mind-bending. Don't worry about rules or restrictions - there are none. All 3D robot designs are welcome, but we thought you might want to know that we're very bad at saying no to inventive and new ideas. Can you imagine (and 3D model) the future today? Then we want to see it! Showcase your skills and win prizes worth more than $7000!
Click by click, brick by brick - create your own concept building or your dream house, or redesign an existing structure for purposes other than those for which it was originally intended. It's a thrilling challenge created to ignite enthusiasm and curiosity in 3D designers who have inspiring ideas how to take the modern architecture to the next level. We've turned the challenge into an annual competition, since we know how much you love the category. If we had to describe the winning designs in a few words, we'd probably go with awe-inspiring and authentic.
Only this time we're running the challenge in a slightly different fashion. There will be two separate categories - Best 3D Interior and Best 3D Exterior 3D architecture models. So when you set out to design your concept cities, buildings and interiors, please keep in mind that this time we don't have the best 3D portfolio category - we're looking for the most impressive designs of both 3D interiors and 3D exteriors.
The best visionary proposals will receive awesome prizes: HDRI Sky Moments: Bundles and Time-Lapse HDRI Sky Domes of choice by Hyper Focal Design, SolidRocks licences (3dsmax or c4d) by Subburb, 250MB Premium memberships by CGTextures, V-Ray Material Presets Pro for 3ds Max by Siger Shop, 500 € rendering credits by Ranch Computing, MoskitoRender full licenses by Cebas, special prizes by E-on Software and promotional features by CGTrader.
We can't wait to take a tour around your dream house/skyscraper/or building and give away the prize pool of more than $13 000!
Paradoxically, tools and techniques to encourage kids' creativity require creativity. It's hardly possible to foresee which of the new toys or games will become kids' favorite, but as the technology develops, the capabilities and detail of 3D printed miniatures and toys make them a desirable customized alternative to traditional toys. With that said, it only seems natural that we're rolling out an exciting new challenge to explore the endless 3D potential to create new play experience for children and (let's be honest) adults alike.
Coming up with ideas for new toys calls for a fresh approach, so while Lego bricks and popular animation figures will be accepted as suitable entries, try to steer away from submitting models of famous game characters or copies of existing toys - that's not the focus of this challenge. Reinventing well-known toy designs or creating something entirely new is undoubtedly an ambitious project, but who said being a creative was easy? Some of the most popular 3D print models in the toys category include puzzles, desk toys, board games, action figures, playsets, building blocks, educational toys, etc. Fun fact of the day: did you know that the original jigsaw puzzle was created in 1767 for the purpose of teaching geography? Yeah, it went a loooong way after that.
So, what will your entries be judged on? Mainly, these four criteria: overall quality, innovation, description & instructions for use, + bonus for high-quality images of 3D printed models. When you submit a new entry, be sure to add an exhaustive description of how you came about the idea, what's the purpose of the toy and how one should use/construct it. Adding images of the printed item makes a huge difference, so do give it a go if you have the luxury of printing things at home.
Other than that, have fun playing around!
Many of us are devoted art-appreciators and we all have something to say about art in the 21st century. That, of course, doesn't always mean we know what we're saying. History proves that the collective opinion on art is not so reliable, to say the least. It's enough to look at a few examples: Vincent van Gogh, Franz Schubert, Edgar Allan Poe, Johannes Vermeer - all of these cultural giants died unrecognized and coinless. But their art is priceless today. Why all the babble? Well, there are quite a few of these art-appreciators out there who publicly express their doubts about 3D printing's role in the art world. Care to hear what we think? We're positive 3D printing models can be a real magician's hat - you can produce any object out of nothing... And that can be a curse or a blessing.
We're thrilled to be partnering with 3D Systems this time to bring you one of the most exciting challenges of the year! 3D Systems Art Challenge is dedicated to creators who take inspiration from the world around, who have an open mind and a keen eye. Successful entries will explore the creative applications of 3D printing technology in home decor, offering interesting sculpture, product, interior decorations or any other artistic 3D print designs. You don't need to dig very deep to grasp your first design idea, just look around your room - vases, figurines, wall art, furniture, sculptures... with a touch of creativity, even the ordinary becomes extraordinary.
A combination of fantastic prizes that include a CubePro printer, special presents from Digital Tutors and Igo3d, and the absolute freedom to create and design a piece from your imagination makes this challenge every artist's priority. Let's give the art-appreciators a reason to love 3D printing.
Alright, soldier, it's time to get serious. We've faced many challenges before, but this one may be the toughest one yet! Your objective is to infiltrate the enemy territory, grab any military intelligence you can find and put your modeling skills to use!
We want you to model any military, battle-related 3D object you can get your hands on: tanks, assault rifles, scopes, army knives, grenade launchers, jets, tanks and even fighting human model or scenes (how is the battle possible without them?).
Every resource counts and will be instrumental in the success of this mission. We depend on you to get the job done! Pick up your gear and join the front lines by modeling some kick-ass 3D models. We'll debrief you when the challenge hits its deadline.
Over and out!
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 or any other downloadable 3D models - 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 print models are 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 models.
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 and making it into 3D files.
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 models have 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 man and woman 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 model 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 master a realistic face, hands, skeleton or human model? 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 bus, part train 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 (maybe a 3D spaceship?) 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. Any sci fi 3D models are welcome!
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 models for printing? 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 3d printing models 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 is 3d print design.
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 and 3D models for printing that are created to impress and match your 3d clothes.
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 free 3d game 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 like dogs or lions 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 e.g. roses and animals to inhabit it - any venom 3d model will be truly appreciated. 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 - you can even create your own 3D dog model or any kind of tree 3d models. 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 premium or free 3D model of animal or plant and take those prizes. Come on, do it! Create tree trunk, banana 3d model and don't forget your bear 3d model! 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 bathroom 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 free 3D people! 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 print designs.
“How?”, - you ask? Well, you will make it yourselves! That is right, we invite you, 3D people, 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 downloadble 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 ( maybe it is time for you velociraptor 3d model 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 to online 3d people.
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 object 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 between sci fi 3D models!
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. The things that definitely surprises are 3D printing models.
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 any 3D models for printing 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 models 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 e.g. christmas tree 3d model 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 3D architecture models 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 print models 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 3d people and creatures like fairies, elves, goblins, dwarfs, owls, wizards, hobbits, witches, lizards, unicorns, centaurs, mermaids, princesses, giants you have ever read about to wake up from the book pages, to step off the TV screen (like a hulkbuster 3d model, anyone?) and to awake from the life of being a plush toy. Immediately design the character model of your choosing!
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 (low poly 3d models) and unlimiting your fantasy. Digitize all your imaginary friends or your favourite game character model. 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 3d model the world has not seen before.
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