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3D Printers for Peace
Below are the details of the contest and how to enter.
3D printing is changing the world. Unfortunately, the only thing many people know about 3D printing is that it can be used to make guns. We want to celebrate designs that will make lives better, not snuff them out.
What is the Printers for Peace Contest?
We are challenging the 3D printing community to design things that advance the cause of peace. This is an open-ended contest, but if you’d like some ideas, ask yourself what Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, or Ghandi would make if they’d had access to 3D printing.
- low-cost medical devices
- tools to help pull people out of poverty
- designs that can reduce racial conflict
- objects to improve energy efficiency or renewable energy sources to reduce wars over oil
- tools that would reduce military conflict and spending while making us all safer and more secure
- things that boost sustainable economic development (e.g. designs for appropriate technology in the developing world to reduce scarcity)
Fully assembled, open-source Type A Machines Series 1 3D Printer
The Series 1 recently won best in class in the Make: Ultimate Guide to 3-D Printing. It has a 9-by-9-by-9-inch build volume, prints at 90mm/sec in PLA, ABS and PVA with 0.1mm resolution.
Michigan Tech’s MOST version of the RepRap Prusa Mendel open-source 3D printer kit
The RepRap can be built in a weekend. It has a 7.8–by-7.8-by-6.8-inch build volume on a heated bed, prints comfortably at 80 mm/sec ABS, 45 mm/sec PLA, HDPE and PVA with 0.1 mm resolution.
Enter the Contest
Go to the Michigan Tech website to enter the contest.
Image by snapies_gi used under Creative Commons license.
3D printing marketplace Shapeways hosted a contest for designers to create iPhone 5 accessories. They announced a winner for the clever “sweater” case shown above.
We had over 70 entries to the 3D Print Contest for iPhone 5 Accessories with so many fantastic designs it was really hard for us to chose a winner among the high caliber of entries. There was one design that really caught the eye of the Shapeways team. As soon as we pulled one out of the 3D Printer to test it out, everyone was in love…
The product page is great but we really had to share a video so that everyone could see how the design captured our hearts and won $500 worth of Shapeways 3D Printing for the designer….
The winner of $500 worth of 3D printing is ArtizanWork with their iPhone 5 – “Sweater” Case.
Below is a video of the winning design.
Via Shapeways blog.
Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic children’s book originally published in 1969 and enjoyed by kids across the world.
3D printing marketplace i.materialise hosted a contest for designers to create their favorite storybook character. The winner was design firm timeRemapper who depicted Carle’s caterpillar laid up on a couch after too much pizza.
The winning design was 3D printed by i.materialise.
From the 3D Systems blog:
Reality Redesigned provided an opportunity for students to design part of a mountain bike, learn and win a variety of great prizes – plus recognition. The students were part of the entire process, from ideation to the production of the part. 3D Systems printed the full color prototypes of the finalists designs for display at the announcement event. The winner of the contest was chosen by a panel of expert judges and formally announced at RAPID 2012 in Atlanta, GA. What is really exciting is the winning part will be manufactured and tested by a pro rider. So, not only did the contest engage students in a fun and productive way – it allowed them to use 3D printers!
More from the press release:
“We are thrilled to leverage our full color 3D printing capabilities to inspire innovation and bring student contestants’ creativity and designs to life,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President, Global Marketing for 3D Systems. “‘Reality Redesign’ is just one more example of 3D Systems’ commitment to education, something we are deeply passionate about as we work to democratize creativity for students at all grade levels and disciplines through access to affordable 3D printers and compelling 3D content.”
Check out all of the winners here.
Below is a video of the 3 top winners.
Below is a video of the grand prize winner Cody with his Thomson to I-beam adapter.
In the eighth annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge hosted by Mineapolis-based Stratasys Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS), students were asked to redesign an existing product or create an original work of art or architecture. Submissions were received from around the globe, including India, Sweden, Romania, and across the US.
1st Place: Pravaah – A Continuous Supply Handpump
Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing
A hand-pump design which not only provides a continuous supply of water and a saving in your utility bills but also provides water during both the phases of pumping.
2nd Place: Diabetic Testing Station
Wayne State University
The main purpose of the DTS is not to replace the users’ current glucometers and lancet pens, rather to provide a product that will house all of their devices. The overall goal is to take the job of the amputees’ caregivers so that the users can be more self-reliant.
3rd Place: Scissors for Right & Left-Handed Users
Lulea University of Technology
Now, families or schools with both right and left handed people can finally buy universal good working pair of scissors.
It’s exciting to see students driving forward product innovation, and incredible to think that these students truly can dream up any new product they like thanks to 3D printing technology.
Check out all the winners, including Art & Architecture and Middle School submissions at Dimension Printing’s challenge coverage.