Extra Credit: 3D Printing Challenge

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 06:00 PM

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A new cutting-edge technology is about to take over the world: 3D printing. Pretty soon, if one of the buttons on your remote control goes missing, you’ll be able to just print a new one. With 3D design software, anyone can create a plan for an object and send it to a printer, which uses plastic filament to build up the object in fine layers. Watch how it works below.

To celebrate the arrival of the future, we’re partnering with MakerBot, a company that makes 3D printers, to give you a new Extra Credit project: a holiday ornament challenge. Winners of the challenge will have the chance to join Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen and MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis on stage at our live event at The Greene Space in New York City on December 17. Everyone's invited! We'll have live music by Javelin, free drinks, and 3D printing demos. Get your tickets here. 

UPDATE 12/17:
Our winner is Paul Draghicescu, a computer programmer from Seattle, who submitted his Snowflake Icosahedron.

See the 10 finalist designs submitted via Thingiverse
See all the finalist designs and watch performances by Javelin at our Greene Space event

Thank you to everyone who participated in our challenge!


MakerBotEntry Option 1: Design in 3D.

Create a three-dimensional design for a holiday ornament or decoration and submit it to Thingiverse.com. You can find all the details about the challenge and prizes there.

UPDATE: The submission deadline has passed. See all the entries here.

MakerBotEntry Option 2: Send us a photo of your decoration. 

Send us a picture of a holiday ornament or decoration. We’ll pick the three best entries to be scanned by MakerBot’s Digitizer at our live event in New York on December 17.

UPDATE: The submission deadline has passed. See all the entries here.

Video: Watch a 3D printer in action — with MakerBot's Bre Pettis



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harvey mandlin from Upper West Side

Things move fast in 3D printing - GE http://www.industryweek.com/blog/happy-3-d-printing-day?NL=QMN-01&Issue=QMN-01_20131206_QMN-01_659&YM_RID=vorpal2@gmail.com&YM_MID=1437843&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_9



All this besides a quantum leap from the plastic firing 'toy' guns - to the recently shown 3d "1911" (e.g. 'Govt .45') pistol created by 3D printing sintered metal http://www.solidconcepts.com/news-releases/worlds-first-3d-printed-metal-gun-manufactured-solid-concepts/

"The 3D Printed metal gun proves that 3D Printing isn’t just making trinkets and Yoda heads. "

It's not quite a StarTrek Replicator but aspects are close - and of no little concern.

Dec. 06 2013 02:07 PM
Penny Jones from Downtown

I haven't been able to register on MakerBot's cryptic registration page, and so far they haven't answered my help note. I will keep trying today, but here is my ornament design:

I can’t draw, so here is a description. Essentially it’s Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer with a snail:
The bottom is a wide ribbon-like green leaf. Coming up over the curve of the leaf is a snail with its nose and horn tips red and the rest natural. It’s pulling a sleigh that is a curved small leaf shaped like an old sleigh. In the sleigh is a slug standing up with the gold reins held by Pillsbury Doughboy-like arms. It has its top turned down a little with green eyes to make a head and face, unlike a real slug. The slug wears a tiny Santa hat. The hole for the tree-string is on the top of the snail’s shell. That’s it.

Dec. 02 2013 09:45 AM

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