2017 Buildtak 3D Design Contest Open to All NJ Residents!

3D Design Challenge 2017

3D printing is enabling makers to push the limits of creativity as they explore the connections between computer aided design and the physical world. Now it is your turn to leverage this new technology and design a 3D printable object that showcases the best of what the New Jersey’s maker community has to offer.

2017 Challenge Theme

This year’s BuildTak Design Challenge theme is spaceships! You are challenged to design a 3D model of any type of spaceship that your creativity and imagination can conjure up! How to Participate Using any 3D design software, create an object that can be 3D printed. Once you have finished your design, email a copy of the .STL file to contest@njmakersday.org. You don’t need a 3D printer to participate in the 3D design challenge. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2017.

The following information will be required for all submissions:

  • Subject line: "BuildTak 3D Design Challenge"
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email address
  • Which category you are submitting for ("Up to age 13" or "Age 14 to Adult")
  • Attached copy of an original 3D model design in .STL format

Judging and Contest Rules

This contest is only open to NJ residents (must be able to validate your NJ address to receive their prizes). Entries will be judged on how well your design fits the NJ Makers Day challenge theme, creativity and quality. Designs should be printable using PLA or ABS plastic and fit into a box no bigger than 5.5 inches on each side. Designs must be original. Models downloaded from Thingiverse, Shapeways or other model sharing services will not be considered. Designs will be judged in two categories: Up to 13 years old 14 years old to Adult Prizes Prizes will be awarded in both judging categories. Winners will be notified by email by April 28, 2017.

Select contest winners may also have their models produced as 3D prints and exhibited in locations around the state for public viewing. Thanks to NJ Makers Day sponsor BuildTak, as well as the partnership of the Bergen Makerspace for powering this challenge!

Also, a big thanks to the 3D Printing Nerd for his awesome promo video to celebrate this contest. Check out his Youtube channel for more!

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