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.
Nice.

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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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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