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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Fast Company Innovation by Design competition

Show the world what you can make.

We have seen people make amazing things with Ponoko. If you have made something incredible, something brilliant, or something that improves people’s lives, this is an opportunity to share it with the world. You could even get some much-deserved recognition for your work.

Fast Company’s yearly Innovation by Design competition recently began accepting entries. They are asking for submissions for nine different categories, including one just for students. The finalists will be featured in the October 2012 issue. The magazine has 2.9 million readers and the website has another 1.5 million; you won’t find a much bigger audience.

The competition closes June 1st, 2012, so you have plenty of time to prepare your submission.

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Sell stock 3D models and win $500

Upload your 3D models to automatically enter for a chance to win cash and credits.

All 3D models uploaded to CGTrader for sale from March 26th to April 30th will be automatically entered in their 3D Stock Challenge. The contest has two categories “Best 3D Stock Seller” for the quantity and quality of published models and “Best 3D Model for Sale” for the best 3D model. Both categories have multiple winners. The top prize is $500 cash and $1000 in store credit.

Read all the details on the competition site.

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Core77 Design Awards – the final countdown

Less than one week to go before submissions close

They’re calling it the most innovative awards program in existence, and with good reason.

With a jury of 74 international design superstars filtering through submissions from the huge Core77 fanbase of 1.7 million monthly visitors, the Core77 Design Awards for 2012 are shaping up to be quite an event indeed.

Following the successful format from last year’s event, winning finalists will be revealed in a series of live broadcasts, with those designs deemed particularly noteworthy receiving one of the coolest trophies in town. A talking point in itself, the DIY trophy enables winners to cast multiple copies so that each person who contributed to the design can receive their own nugget of Core77 glory.

So if you think your design has what it takes to stand out on the world stage, get that submission together before it’s too late.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday April 10, 2012 at 9pm Eastern Time.

Core77: 2012 Design Awards

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Absurd 3D printed iPhone accessories

Engineer vs Designer: Makerbot contest winners announced

With the multitudes of iAccesories already out there, is there really a need for more i-themed thingies in our lives? The guys at Engineer vs Designer seem to think this niche market can do with a boost, and together with Makerbot they set a challenge for Thingiverse users to submit designs for the most absurd iPhone case or accessory.

Requirements included that it be ironic, backward, cynical or comically self-defeating; all while being printable on a Makerbot or similar DIY unit. The lure of a Makerbot Replicator printer up for grabs as the grand prize led to a fantastic response, with a huge number of entries taking the iPhone into realms never before seen, let alone attempted.

Humour played a key role in this tongue-in-cheek competition, and the judges were quick to point out that submissions that deemed actually useful were immediately disqualified. Descriptions and naming conventions contributed much to the designs themselves as witty scenarios support the hilarity of the entries.

“…it was the wordings that had me almost pissing my pants with laughter”

Click through to hear the full EvD podcast, where a lively conversation ensues as the guys talk through the competition entries and even place a live call to the winning designer.

via Engineer vs Designer

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Win an Objet 3D printer worth $50,000 from Instructables

Submit an Instructable to win an Objet or an UP! 3D printer.

Instructables is offering a competition for the best Instructable about turning a virtual item into a tangible object. This could involve 3D printer, laser cutting, or even printing stickers with an inkjet. Any digital to physical process qualifies.

The grand prize is an Objet 3D printer and a 6 month supply of printing materials valued at $50,000. In addition, ten first prize winners will receive an UP! 3D printer worth $3000 and twenty runner-up will receive free 3D printing services.

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Make something with Ponoko to WIN a FREE ShapeOko CNC/3D printer kit!

promotions ends March 31, 2012

ShapeOko is an awesome new open hardware CNC/3D printer kit. We supported the development of the project as soon as hobbyist and Ponoko fan Edward Ford told us he was thinking about launching a Kickstarter campaign.

His Kickstarter project was over 700% funded, he spent months re-working the design, and now ShapeOko LLC is in business!

The ShapeOko kit has been completely sold out since it launched a few weeks ago, but Edward is giving us one to say thanks for the early support.

And we’re going to give it to one of you!

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Ceramic 3D printing design competition

Designing home decor with digital fabrication in ceramic.

Figulo and GrabCAD are currently offering a competition to design home decor objects to be made with ceramic 3D printing. Instead of offering one or two large prizes like most competitions, they are offering prizes of $50 to $100 to a “larger number of designers.”

Update: The prizes for the winners now includes a share of the sales profit in a addition to the $50-$100 prize, which sweetens the deal considerably. There is not a fixed number of winners; prizes will be awarded to as many designs as Figulo selects to produce.

It’s a little unclear, but it means that your likelihood of winning something is probably pretty decent. The site says the competition closes in 21 days, which I put at March 16. There are only four entries right now, so get going!

Need to prototype a design or see what you’re finished product would look like? You can 3D print your design in ceramic with Ponoko.

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Design competitions: the great outdoors and furniture for FabLabs

The prizes include cash, promotion, and the production of the designs.

A Better World by Design and Decor Craft Inc. are asking for entries for a competition for a product that encourages people to re-engage with the great outdoors. Prizes include up to $1000 as well as the opportunity to have the designs produced and showcased at the 2012 Better World by Design conference. Entries are due April 1st 2012. Read all the details on the competition site.

The second competition is to design open-source furniture for FabLabs that can be made in the FabLabs themselves. The competition is being offered by Domus and Fablab Torino. This is a great opportunity to show off your ideas for digitally fabricated furniture. The winning proposals will be shown at Milan Design Week, one of the largest and most prestigious design events in the world. Extensive instructions and details for the competition are on their site.

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Design something w. the new Tinkercad to win a pack of 3D printed material samples from Ponoko!

fun + easy CAD / fun + easy contest

Did ya hear that Tinkercad released the newest version of their awesome, easy, browser based CAD tool? And guess what; you can send your Tinkercad design directly to Ponoko to have it 3D printed!

Tinkercad is super fun, easy to use, and you can make all kinds of stuff with just 3 simple design tools. We really want you to try it out, so we’re having a little contest to give away a pack of nine 3D printed material samples!

How to enter

1. Go to the App Gateway and find the Tinkercad app.
2. Design something with Tinkercad.
3. Tweet a pic of your design to @Ponoko and @Tinkercad with the hashtag #3Dprinting.


One pack of 3D printing material samples from Ponoko. Your pack will contain a sample of each of the following materials: Durable Plastic, Rainbow Plastic, Superfine Plastic – White, Stainless Steel, Gold Plated, Durable Gloss – Black, Durable Gloss – Ivory, Durable Fine Plastic, and Glazed Ceramic. That’s 9 material samples valued at $90 when bought individually!

Deadline & Restrictions

Contest runs through the month of February and ends February 29, 2012. One winner will be chosen at random on March 1, 2012. You may enter as many times as you like, but each Tinkercad design you tweet must be original. Good luck!

Get Started w. Your Tinkercad Design

Check out this three and half minute tutorial on using Tinkercad. Then hop over to the App Gateway, click on Tinkercad, design something rad, and tweet to win!

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