We are launching our fourth designer contest on PrusaPrinters.org. Last time we promised something else than practical models again. However, the current situation regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 and all the related restrictions compelled us to change the sequence of topics. We believe that the 3D printer can produce a lot of different things that are missing in the current situation or do not exist at all. Apparently, we are mostly going to remain indoors in the upcoming months and spend a lot of time with our kids and other family members. Again, this theme is very broad and open-ended. We hope that it will inspire everyone to come up with something interesting and share it with the rest of the community.
Sources of models: Pillbox, Snake Puzzle, Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe, Clothespin
Let’s use this opportunity to employ 3D modeling and printing for both entertainment and education. We offer the following topics, maybe you come up with something new, or finally bring to life an idea which you postponed for a long time. Stay creative and cabin fever won’t stand a chance!
- Everyday life necessities – The main goal is to design and print simple household things that might run out during quarantine or to save you from a potentially unsafe trip to the store (and risking infection). For example clothespins, pill organizers, handles, holders, door opening tools or tools for press buttons without the hand touches the surface, etc.
- Interactive toys – for example board games, puzzles, jigsaws, building block kits, etc.
- Educational items – for example, abacus, letters of the alphabet, various illustrative models, etc.
Please do not enter the contest with any protective wear against the coronavirus. Untested prints could do more harm than good and actually help spread the infection instead of fighting it. We will ignore such models during the contest evaluation. Please check a more thorough explanation in our article about protective wear.
Contest evaluation and prizes
In this extraordinary situation, we decided to throw in more prizes and also evaluate the contest in an unusual way, for little extra motivation. The contest is going to continue for total 30 days. However, during this period there will be three announcements of winners! One every 10 days. The topic stays the same for the whole contest duration. What does it mean for the participants? The sooner you apply with your model, the less competition and a better chance of winning. Once your model is in, it stays there for all the upcoming evaluations – therefore if you apply during the first 10 days, you have three shots at the main prize! In the first two rounds, we will only pick a winner, which will get an Original Prusa i3 MK3S kit, in the final round, there will be the same printer as the main prize again, but also 3 Prusament spools for the runner-up, 2 Prusament spools for the third place, and one spool for each of twenty other contestants!
|From||To||Date of evaluation||Prizes|
|1st round||March 18, 23:00||March 28, 23:59||March 31||Original Prusa i3 MK3S (kit)|
|2nd round||March 29, 00:00||April 7, 23:59||April 9||Original Prusa i3 MK3S (kit)|
|3rd round||April 8th, 00:00||April 17, 23:59||April 21||Original Prusa i3 MK3S (kit)
and 25 spools of Prusament
All times are in the UTC timezone
The best models will be selected by a jury consisting of Prusa Research employees. The main criteria are the quality of the model, printability (FFF or SLA technology), popularity (share the print to increase the popularity) and originality. Winners will be contacted via e-mail.
How to enter the contest?
Entering the contest is easy – follow the steps below:
- Design a 3D model or create a remix (based on somebody else’s design) that fits the contest theme. The model must be printable on an FFF or SLA 3D printer (any brand). This also means it’s not necessary to own a 3D printer – just keep in mind the limits of the technology.
- Upload the model to PrusaPrinters.org (the model has to be published during the contest duration). The upload must contain:
- model uploaded as .3MF or .STL (.gcode is optional but useful)
- photo or render of the model (or both in the ideal case)
- model description
- Submit the model in the contest. The procedure is the same as adding a print into a collection. Open the model page and click the Collections icon. The first one will be the name of the contest – “Everyday Life Necessities”. Tick the box and you’re done. You can remove the print from this collection at any time.
- (Optional) Share the model online (on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest). Add #PrusaPrinters hashtag and increase the popularity of your model!
Terms and conditions
- The contest runs according to the schedule above, from March 18th, 2020 till April 17th, 2020.
- You can enter with as many unique models as you like to increase your chances to win.
- You can create a brand new unique model, or create a remix (model based on someone else’s design) – however, the remix must not be in conflict with the original model’s license!
- The model has to fit in the contest’s theme.
- We reserve the right to terminate or change the terms of the competition at any time. In the event of a violation of the terms of the competition or attempted fraudulent conduct, the competitor will be excluded from the competition.
- Don’t forget you can submit your models imported from Thingiverse!
We are looking forward to your models.
16 Replies to “Designer Contest: Everyday necessities for life during a pandemic (with three 3D printers to be won!)”
330 watt UVC Sterilising Lamp design
I have developed and made several working prototypes of UVC 330w sterilising Lamp similar to the small one’s used in hospitals for friends & family.
They are built around 6 * 55watt Osram Puritec and control gear stored in a central support tube, all connected with some 3d printed parts. They could be useful for disinfection purposes in hospitals and care homes.
Several of my friends have suggested that I post the designs on the Prusa Forum or Thingiverse- I am concerned that although they can be very effective in killing viruses they are also very dangerous as they create UVC light which can cause cancer and cataracts if used in appropriately. What is the legal position concerned with posting designs that could be dangerous if used in appropriately.
Many thanks Angus
Around what time will the results be published?
Where will the results be published?
When will the results be published? Will they be published altogether, or separately for the three rounds?
It says every 10 days a winner will be announced. Today the judges probably picked a winner and tomorrow they will probably update and announce the winner!!!
Is there really nothing to choose? 🙁 I tried very hard.
Congrats to all winners of the first round!
Hi everyone, I wish to know what kind of render is allowed, I mean, I have no time to print the entire object that I’ve designed (there are some pieces that require long printing time) and I’m not very good with animated renders, so my question is: “if” I should not finish in time the animated render, can I upload images render and a video with my voice explaining the object’s features and operation?
Thank you all
Hi, I would like to know if individual people(the winner or winners) will receive their email saying they won or will it be posted on the site? Thanks
It seems that there were some problems by importing projects from Thingiverse last nigh. Therefore, our team had to simply make an entry directly into our making a submission with 1 minute delay. I hope this doesn’t affect the entry for the competition.
An interesting idea for the contest. Who won in the end? The coronavirus theme is already used everywhere. But everyone is already tired of this. I want all this negativity to end soon. We were given a task at the university to describe all the difficulties of being isolated. It was not easy to do. During quarantine, I spent a lot of time on the Internet and read a lot of useful information, but I tried not to dive into the topic of coronovirus, especially since I accidentally found a website https://www.writingjudge.com/ with reviews on written services and chose one of the services that wrote my essay for me . It was not difficult for me to do this, but there was no desire to plunge into this negative topic. But I would like to participate in such a competition, especially since I am studying as a designer.
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We also had a competition for admission. But you really had to think about the fact that not only did you have to submit a 3d model, but you also had to submit a personal application. This turned out to be even more difficult than doing the entrance project itself, and you couldn’t do it without it. I am glad I turned to professionals and that’s how I found personal statement services , they really helped me a lot. I hope it will be useful to others. Good luck.
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