Posts Tagged ‘3D printing challenge


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 toys make them a desirable customized alternative to traditional toys. With that in mind cgtrader is rolling out a 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 models in the toys category include puzzles, desk toys, board games, action figures, playsets, building blocks, educational toys, etc.

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. The deadline for submitting entries in the contest is 20th January 2015, so you have a lot of time to get creative and thing about some interesting things.

To get some more details about the 3D Printed Kids’ Toys Challenge at cgtrader…


Instructables has partnered with Dremel 3D Idea Builder to present the 2014 3D Design Challenge. 3D design and 3D printing is becoming more and more accessible and more and more 3D printing ideas are being published on Instructables. The ability to rapidly develop, design, and create cool things has never been easier – 3D design software tutorials, 3D-modeled parts, projects fabricated from designs generated in CAD software, and 3D printing tips and tricks. Enter the challenge for your chance to win your very own Dremel 3D Idea Builder and other cool prizes.

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, India, New Zealand, and Denmark. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PT), November 17, 2014. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, January 12, 2015.

The Grand Prize for Best Build as well as for Best Tutorial includes a Dremel 3D Idea Builder 3D printer, 3 Colors of Dremel Filament and a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 Camera. The will be an iPad mini for 4 runner ups and all will get an Instructables Prize Pack – including a Robot T-Shirt. 12 more honorable mentions will receive an Instructables Prize Pack – including a Robot T-Shirt. So far there are only 11 entries, actually less than the total number of prizes available, so don’t miss your chance you have enough tie to think of a good idea and share it to take part in the challenge.

For more information about the Instructables 2014 3D Design Challenge…