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Thingiverse and FirstBuild have announced a Countertop Challenge for designing things that can be 3D printed to fill the empty space between your countertop and the bottom of your upper kitchen cabinets. The possibilities are endless: a custom holder for your utensils, task lighting, embedded sensors, or a weight sensing cutting board are just a few examples for ideas. Designs could be purely 3D printed accessories, with no additional components; or devices that are powered by your wall outlets or plugged into WiFi enabled, USB ports.
To participate in the challenge you need to upload your design to both the FirstBuild challenge page and Thingiverse. Use the hashtag #CountertopChallenge for a chance to be featured on the Thingiverse homepage and FirstBuild social media channels. The top 10 entries coming from community votes will be joined by 10 entries selected by the FirstBuild/Thingiverse teams to advance to judging. The combined top 20 entries will be presented to our expert judges panel to select the winners. The winners will be announced on April 20th and you have up until March 14th to submit your entries in the contest.
The first place Winner will be able to choose between receiving a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Generation) or MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. The second place Winner will receive a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. The third place Winner will receive three spools of MakerBot PLA filament, a Thingiverse t-shirt, and a FirstBuild t-shirt.
Ghostly International is a record label, design house, and technology innovator that provides works of high quality, integrity, and individuality. Ghostly and MakerBot have joined to present to you the MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge – using vinyl records and turntables as a starting point, you need to use your design skills to create novel objects that will delight record collectors, music lovers, and audiophiles alike. More specifically things to decorate, augment, or personalize your records and stereo systems.
To take part in the challenge you need to just upload your designs to Thingiverse with the tag #GhostlyVinyl before November 30th at 11:59PM EST. Entries must be tagged #GhostlyVinyl to be considered. A panel of MakerBot and Ghostly employees will judge entries on creativity and printability and winners will be announced on December 15th. The first-prize winner will receive Ghostly’s 2014 full length vinyl catalog and a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. Three winners will receive spools of MakerBot Filament (Three spools for first place, two for second, and one for third) and have their design featured on Thingiverse.