Win a free copy of LEO the Maker Prince, the first 3D printing book for kids!

LEO the maker prince

This week, Ponoko has partnered with author and designer Carla Diana to give away five free copies of her new book for kids (and adults!), LEO the Maker Prince.

The first book about 3D printing for children, LEO follows the adventures of Carla and her friend LEO, a 3D printer. Chancing upon each other during a New York hurricane, Carla and LEO traverse the fascinating new world of 3D printing and all of the creativity and common sense solutions that it offers. LEO is a machine; Carla is an accountant who had always dreamed of being an artist. Together, they discover how personal fabrication can, has, and will continue to change the world. It certainly changes Carla.

Published by Maker Media, each creation featured in LEO can be downloaded for free and produced on your home 3D printer. 3D printing isn’t magic, but LEO the Maker Prince is. Written for anyone who wants to learn more about 3D printing, this book explores today’s emerging technologies in a way that makes it understandable to readers of all ages.

How to Enter:

Leave a comment telling us what character(s) from which favorite children’s story book you’d like to 3D print—and why.

Details:

You may enter as often as you like between Jan. 13-17, 2014, but each submission idea must be distinct from your last. Repeat or similar entries from the same applicant will be disqualified. Author Carla Diana and a representative from Maker Media will choose the top five suggestions from your comments. And yes, creativity and smarts do matter.

Prizes:

Five winners will each receive a free copy of LEO the Maker Prince either as a PDF or hard copy, depending (the vagaries of shipping constraints outside the U.S. may determine).

Deadline:

Sweepstakes closes at 10pmPST on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Winners will be notified by Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, and announced in an update to this post.

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The Deconstruction event

Makers keep this coming weekend free!

The Deconstruction is an open global event and runs from February 22 to the 24th, starting at 8PM PST. Teams of makers, artists, students, programmers, problem-solvers, designers, performers, filmmakers, etc are invited to register and deconstruct the world around us.

Being an experimental event, the premise is very open and there is no topic given, although some broad challenge criteria will be released during the event.

“The goal of The Deconstruction is to bring people together from all over the world (physically and digitally) to share ideas, collaborate, create, innovate, and most imporantly have fun. The event is open to anyone, anywhere, of any age and skill level.” (more…)

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Submit your best work for the Core77 Design Award

Promote your work in one of the world’s largest design competitions.

Core77 is now accepting entries for the 2013 Design Awards. The competition included 17 categories, 15 of which have a student section, so there is a category for pretty much any kind of design project you can come up with. Enter before January 31st for a 20% discount off the entry fees. The competition closes March 15, 2013 at 6pm EST.

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Share your good tidings to WIN a lasercut calendar!

Ponoko-made present for you.

Keep track of the new year with this handsome lasercut Digits Calendar designed by Dave Rollins of Use Your Digits (and video game controller ornament fame). We’re giving away FIVE of these flatpack calendars to you!

How to enter:
Just leave a good tiding in the comments. What’s a tiding? We didn’t know; we had to look it up, and it’s news.

So yeah, just leave some good news in the comments. Like your son got all As and one B, you landed a new job, finally got a date, or you’re that person from Missouri that won the lottery . Whatever it is, if it’s good, tell us, and you might WIN!

Giveaway details: Only one comment/entry per person. Contest closes December 13. Five winners will be selected at random. Prize is $35 value.

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Make Your Own Laser Cut Toy challenge winners announced

Amazing toys in this laser cut design competition!

An impressive number of creative and thoughtful toys were tough competition for the seven judges including Ponoko CEO Dave ten Have of Solidsmack’s ‘Make Your Laser Cut Toy’ Challenge. It is clear that people went to a lot of effort with their toy designs with quite a few generating photo-realistic renders or actually getting them laser cut. Many of the entries also included well resolved mechanical components to aid moving parts. But the grand prize went to Andrea Garuti who created Castle attack, an expandable medieval village. (more…)

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide — from $5 to $1500

Ponoko-made presents!

Our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide features a range of jewelry, home decor, gadgets, and holiday goodies all made by our creative customers.

We’ve featured gifts to fit any budget, from $5 moustache earbud wraps to custom computers starting at $259. Whether you’re looking for something for a geek, biker, gamer, crafter, hostess, or girlie girl, we’ve got you covered.

Keep reading to see the 32 products featured or jump to our Holiday Gift Guide on Pinterest.

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Design a holiday gift with ZW3D and win free 3D printing + cold hard cash!

Competition closes November 30!

CAD/CAM software ZW3D and design file library GrabCAD have launched a 3D design competition to create an original holiday gift.

Before I go on, let’s jump straight to the prizes ’cause they’re really good:

1st Prize: $700 money dollars + their design 3D printed for FREE by Ponoko + a SpacePilot Pro 3D mouse from 3Dconnexion

2nd Prize: $500 + free 3D print + SpaceMouse Pro 3D mouse

3rd Prize: $200 + free 3D print + SpaceNavigator 3D mouse

There’s also a prize of $100 + SpaceNavigator 3D mouse to three special categories including Most Creative, Most Pragmatic, and Most Popular.

And if that’s not enough to convince you to enter, every participant will receive a $10 Ponoko Making Voucher for use with our 3D printing, lasercutting, or CNC routing services.

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design competition: Design a lasercut toy!

And enter to win a CAD bundle of joy.

CAD/FAB blog SolidSmack wants more lasercut toys in the world. So SolidSmack and a bunch of techie-maker sponsors (like us) are getting behind a lasercut toy design competition.

The one son of a gun grand prize winner, chosen by a league of sponsor reps, will get a Lenovo W530 Thinkpad laptop, a SpaceClaim Engineer software license, a subscription to Develop3D magazine, a CADJunkie pro membership, and a custom 3D animation of your design by WoodMarvels AND we, Ponoko, will make your design for FREE!

Five runners up will also get decent stuff including a GrabCAD tshirt, a premium CADjunkie membership, and a $50 Ponoko Making Voucher.

Here’s the basic rundown, but for full details visit SolidSmack.

Directive: Create the coolest laser cut toy ever imagined.
Design: Any medium, physical or virtual.
Submission: Include a universal CAD format like STEP or IGES
Deadline: Monday, November 12th, 2012 (11:59pm PDT)
Enter here: Make Your Lasercut Toy Contest

Need a some ideas and inspiration? Here are some great lasercut toys made by Ponoko customers.

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3D Printing Event on October 23 part of Dutch Design Week

Additive manufacturing in Eindhoven!

For all those who get excited about digital manufacturing, October 2012 is a great time to be in The Netherlands during Dutch Design Week.

Setting out to showcase just what is behind the fierce growth rate in the 3D printing industry, a series of linked activities will unfold under the banner of the 3D Printing Event.

Featuring an impressive collection of participants ranging from industry heavyweights through to noteworthy newcomers, the event will explore four identified trends:

• The established industry is not only introducing new professional 3d printers with more and more functionality, but has started to bring low end 3D printers as well.

• The open source community works hard to create 3d printers which can be used in personal and professional environments.

• The biggest bottleneck is still the 3D software for making great designs easily.

• 3D Printing services are playing a very important role in creating new business and new business opportunities.

Not only does the seminar series boast over thirty speakers, the accompanying exhibition is host to a display of 3D printing in its current and future formats and there is also a 3D printing design competition in collaboration with Grabcad. Enter your design for a chance to win a Leapfrog Creatr 3D printer!

Head over to the event website to register your attendance, and follow the latest event related news on their 3D printing blog.

3D Printing Event

Ponoko is proud to be a Media Partner of this year’s 3D Printing Event.

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GE Garages Making Things Competition

Win $20,000 and a high-profile commission in NYC

Here’s a great opportunity for the thinkers out there. As a part of the GE Garages initiative in collaboration with New York’s Chelsea-based retailer STORY, the call is out for entries to the Making Things Competition.

The goal is to conceive of a spatially stunning window installation that makes use of rapid prototyping technology.  This will then become a part of a new GE Garages pop-up store in New York City, where open workshops are to be held in an advanced lab for technologists, entrepreneurs and everyday makers.

It’s a quick-thinking event, with entries due by September 20 and the winner will be announced four short days after.

“The fabrication will start immediately thereafter and continue up until the installation deadline, October 4. Not only will the winner receive a highly-publicized commission, but will get $20,000 to make it happen.”

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