This time, to give them a little break from their usual work, we entrusted our colleagues from Prusa Polymers with picking the best models. These are the guys responsible for Prusament, our popular premium filament brand.
From almost 150 entries, they have chosen 4 winners, and on top of that, Jo Prusa himself awarded a special prize to another one – the best of all, according to him.
But first, let’s look at Prusa Polymers’ choices:
“We were really amazed by many of the contest entries. There was a lot of ingenious, practical stuff. We focused not only on the idea and its implementation, but also at the overall presentation, description, and assembly manual quality. Kudos to all the contestants!”
1st place BALLDOGO Tennis balls organizer by Kamil Kaleta
Prize: 3D printer Original Prusa i3 MK3S (kit)
This was a winner at first glance. The model itself is cool and there is a funny video on the side as well. We appreciate an elaborate mechanical system and a comprehensive manual. And yeah, we also like pets, so that’s a factor 😉
2nd place Prusament Spool lamps by Leonid S
Prize: 3× Filament (Prusament) of their own choice (PLA, PETG, or ASA)
A series of lamps with a simple but stylish design and thorough assembly instructions. We appreciate the variety and build simplicity, without a need for any cutting or drilling.
3rd place is shared by two models
This wasn’t planned, but no matter what, we simply couldn’t decide between these two. Both designers win two spools of Prusament of their own choice (PLA, PETG, or ASA).
PRUSAVENT – Upcycled Desk Cooling Fan by Maaarsl
Prusavent caught our eye with its name already. We appreciate utilizing the whole spool, both the cardboard center and the plastic faces. There is a clever detail, too – the familiar knob used for changing fan speed. The electronics are simple but efficient. Don’t hesitate to make your own, it’s just the thing for these summer days!
Prusament connect by imakina
Prusament Connect project is simple and modular, a shelving system made of spool faces which can be extended almost infinitely. Now you can really use up many empty spools at once. The author is actively developing his design and based on comment during Prusa Live #5 made a wider choice of usable fasteners.
Another 5 designers, whose models gathered the most Likes during two days after the contest deadline, get a $50 USD voucher for any goods from our e-shop.
Storing Machine – based on Prusament spool
It’s a robotic spool tower, which has a mechanism in it that opens and closes the drawers via the stepper motor.
Nice looking and useful laptop riser. You will need just an empty Prusament spool and a few M4x20 screws and nuts.
PrusArcade for Nintendo Switch
Now you can play your Nintendo Switch with an ecological-retro vibe.
Foosball in a Box
Do you have an empty Prusament box? If yes, then you already have the field for your eco-friendly foosball.
Prusament Spool to Refill Adaptor
This turns your Prusament-Spool into a Refill-one. One day, maybe we will also release refill Prusament 🙂
Now back to the Jo Prusa special prize – Fredslund, the author of the “Vase Mode – PRUSA Spool Sorting Tower”, wins the Original Prusa i3 MK3S kit!
The contest evaluation is also recorded in our 6th stream.
Thanks to all the contestants and congrats to the winners. Another contest is coming soon!
17 Replies to “Upcycling Prusament contest evaluation”
Congrats to the winners! I can’t say I’m not disappointed to not be in the list, but I did have a lot of fun getting back into designing things. Maybe next time!
Congrats to all the winners!
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Pretty sad because I honestly think it was rigged. A tennis ball carrier that’s mostly fabric won 1st place? As evidenced by the fact that it only has 11 downloads. Glad Josef gave a printer to a better design, but balldogo is an extremely poor choice for a design challenge winner. Maybe I’m biased, because I think my design (Prusa-ganizer) should have won, but there were dozens of designs that were much better than balldogo.
Rigged, poor choice, mostly fabric?? Come on man. I won because my project was 100% unique. There are tons of Prusa-ganizers.
BTW, you taking all this too seriously.
Yes extremely poor choice. 100% unique yes, but that wasn’t a criteria of the design challenge. The sprinkler was unique, but it didn’t win. The fantasy supported shelf system wasn’t unique or even functional, but it won. Yes there are tons of prusa organizers and spools that hold something other than filament, but they work and the designs are a little more versatile than a one-function tennis ball holder.
BTW tennis balls come in a little tube (holder) that actually stores away much cleaner than balldogo would. So yes, I think you know someone at Prusa and they got you a free printer. That or whoever was “judging” had absolutely zero design experience and zero interest in taking their job as judge seriously.
FACT: Balldogo would not have scored well on any of the criteria they put forward in this design challenge.
In a fair judgement of all the criteria posted, I think my design would have done well. May or may not win, because there are some good designs in the competition. But if it was fair, Balldogo wouldn’t even be in the top 10.
Well it’s not fabric, but it’s still not worthy of first place imo. On the live show I thought they said the fan won 1st place? Not worth my time watching that show again.
Don’t be salty man. There were many great and wonderful submissions that the Prusa jury had to go through. Prusa isn’t forced to do it, and it is ultimately their decision on how to do things.
Yes it’s their decision. But if they state that the winner will be based on certain criteria, then not use that criteria, that’s not right. There were definitely some great and wonderful designs, no argument. If one of them had won I wouldn’t be at all salty.
Example: Josef awarded a printer to “clearly the overall best design”. That design had a trick spring mechanism and used very little filament in vase mode. I can see how it scored pretty high on Josef’s scorecard. Why didn’t it even make the top 3 in the official judging though?
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