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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Finalists announced: 3D4D Challenge

Transformational ideas using 3D printing technologies for the developing world

Seven exceptional finalists in this landmark competition have been announced by London-based technology charity, techfortrade. These proposals have been recognised for their innovative use of 3D printing technology to help combat poverty and increase self-sufficiency in the developing world.

Entries were put through a rigorous judging process, with each of the finalists given $1000 and access to expert mentors ahead of their final pitch on the 19th of October. With $100,000 up for grabs to implement the winning concept, the announcement at this year’s 3D Printshow in London is much anticipated.

According to William Hoyle, CEO of techfortrade:

“The standard of entries for the 3D4D Challenge has been exceptional, especially as this is the first time we’ve done this. The judging process was tough and we are certain the finalists will help to inspire future innovation.”

Click through to see what the seven finalists have to offer.   (more…)

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Laser-cut Nixie Tube Geiger Counter

An amazing result from the Ponoko + Ogi Lumen + Bildr competition

Late last year Ponoko and Ogi Lumen sponsored a design competition for the wonderful community. The prize was a set of nixie tubes and a Personal Factory voucher for laser-cutting.

Instructables user moustachenator won the prize and put it to good use, building this exquisite Gieger counter. He’s documented the build process with loving detail so you too can build your own retro-futuristic radiation detector just in time for the apocalypse.

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WIN free tickets to the Design for Manufacturing Summit in Brooklyn

Tweet this post with #DFMS

Ponoko is proud to be sponsoring this year’s Design for Manufacturing Summit taking place on Thursday, September 20th in Brooklyn, New York.

The event aims to “connect the worlds of digital startups and industrial manufacturing, bridged by CAD/CAM software, lean manufacturing and new approaches to product design and development.”

That’s right up our alley!

There will be panels on maker spaces, lean manufacturing, rapid prototyping, and the changing role of the industrial designer. And Ponoko CEO David ten Have will be one of the keynote speakers of the evening. (You can peep the full schedule here.)

We would love to see our friends and fans there, so we’re giving away 6 pairs of free tickets to the Design for Manufacturing Summit.

To enter, all you have to do is tweet this post with hashtag #dfms. Be sure to use the hashtag, because that’s how we’re tracking the entries.

Also, we really want to give tickets away to people who can actually attend the event. So if you’re not going to be in NYC on September 20, please resist the temptation to try and win.

Entries close at 3pm eastern time on Thursday, September 13. Winners will be selected at random and contacted that day.

If you don’t want to gamble on your chance to attend DFMS, you can grab a ticket now at 50% off. Full price tickets are $120, so you’d be saving $60!

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Laser cut call for entries

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #90

Hey, Sam here collecting the post from The Laser Cutter.

Above is the new laser cutting contest (closing Aug. 31) by FabCafe in Japan. article
FabCafe blog

Image from Loftworks.

And remember join TLC’s Facebook page so you can submit you work to be featured through there!

After the jump, another kickstarter, a sound box, a chickadee, and Birmingham… (more…)

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Win one of ten tickets to the 3D print show in London

Free tickets to a 3-day 3D printing event.

Dezeen is offering ten free tickets to its readers for the 3D print show October 19-21, 2012 in London. To enter email your name, age, gender, occupation, and delivery address and telephone number to with “3D Print Show” in the subject line.

Get all the details for the competition on the original post on Dezeen.

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WIN a light-up paper house kit & conductive ink pen from Bare Conductive!

Enter through August 14

Bare Conductive made it to our 2010 list of Ten Super Cool Materials for Creativity with their non-toxic, skin-safe paint that lets you actually draw electronic circuitry.

The London-based company has since incorporated their wonderful paint into several new products that let you create interactive electronic surfaces.

And we’re giving away one of these easy and fun DIY kits to you!


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Harness the Bullduino

Red Bull calls out to makers

Big ideas tend to emerge when the pressure is on, and the challenge has been set for designers from across the globe to battle it out in a 72 hour maker competition.

Celebrating the ingenuity of makers everywhere, Red Bull Creation will see twelve teams respond to an as-yet undisclosed theme in a high octane online competition. The winners will not only receive $10,000 cash for their efforts, they will also be invited to attend the 2012 Maker Faire in New York City.

Registration is now open, so if you think you’ve got what it takes… enter your details to receive the Bullduino customized Arduino board. The goal is to show your making skills by utilising this board and uploading a video of your outcome. Impress the judges for a chance to be chosen as one of the twelve finalists.

“The real action takes place while the dozen “chosen ones” work simultaneously in their own workshops, hackerspaces or homes to innovate around a common theme.”

The official competition site is a fun little journey down memory lane, with a retro OS interface that will leave you feeling like the 21st century is still decades away. Don’t let that fool you, though – there is likely to be some serious technology at hand when the contest kicks off between July 19-22.

Red Bull Creation via Wired

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Desktop Factory Competition

Win $40k for designing an open source filament extruder

The cost of filament is a thorn in the side of many DIY 3D printing setups. But thanks to Inventables, the Kauffman Foundation and Maker Faire, prices of around $50/kg are soon to be a thing of the past.

The challenge has been set: Design an open source machine capable of making plastic resin pellets fit for use in a low cost 3D printer.

The first person or team who uploads a successful solution will be declared the winner, taking out more than just glory and DIY adoration. Prizes include a very handy $40,000 thanks to the Kauffman Foundation, as well as a Desktop Fabrication Lab consisting of a 3D printer, Laser Cutter and Shapeoko CNC mill.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, here are the criteria:

The first team/person to build an open source filament extruder for less than $250 in components can take ABS or PLA resin pellets, mix them with colorant, and extrude a 1.75mm +/- .01mm filament that can be used in a 3D printer is declared the winner.

Further details are available at Desktop Factory 2012.

via 3Ders

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Make a lasercut paper project with Ponoko to win a Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting tool!

promotion ends 30 April 2012

If there’s one essential material for creativity it’s paper. It’s so approachable, so familiar, so versatile. And you can lasercut it! : )

We’ve added paper cardstock to the materials catalog at both the Ponoko US and Ponoko NZ laser-cutting hubs. And we’d love to see what kinds of stuff you can make with it: artwork, business cards, product packaging, maybe a Mother’s Day card? We’re even throwing in a nice little prize…

Make a lasercut paper project and you could win a Silhouette Cameo!

The Silhouette Cameo is personal, electronic cutting tool that hooks up to your computer. It’s like an inkjet printer except it cuts your designs — so you’d be able to go to town on the paper and other materials and even make early prototypes for future Ponoko projects.

Update: Silhouette is adding to the prize package by including the Silhouette Studio Designer edition software! So you’ll get the Cameo and the studio grade software if you win.

How to enter:

Place any laser-cutting order using paper cardstock between now and April 30 (10pm pacific time) to be automatically entered to win the Cameo.

Click HERE for Ponoko US paper cardstock materials.
Click HERE for Ponoko NZ paper cardstock materials.

And scroll down for links to some brand new tutorials we’ve made just for cardstock and some great visual examples.


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