Brush up on your spaceship design skills for a new 3D design challenge from CGTrader and MakePrintable –


Few months ago, CGTrader has taken a significant step forward by officially becoming the world’s largest marketplace for 3D models. An impressive achievement indeed, considering the number of online 3D marketplaces, but CGTrader has always been a favorite for many reasons. One of those reasons is the contests they offer. Most 3D printing platforms and marketplaces offer design challenges every now and then, and it’s always a pleasure to see the creativity they bring to their users. CGTrader in particular likes to encourage its users to explore areas of 3D printing that they may not have explored before, such as in their 3D printed fashion challenge earlier this year.

thingverse_preview_featuredIt’s been a while since they presented a new challenge, but CGTrader is now back with a new one, co-sponsored by MakePrintable. It’s a good challenge for the blockbuster summer season – 3D printable sci-fi spaceships! Like CGTrader’s other competitions, this one challenges participants to step out of their comfort zone a bit, as a spaceship requires a lot of craftsmanship and meticulous detail. This is also a great opportunity, however, to check out MakePrintable’s automated file repair service.

“We all love having sci-fi ships around our workspaces, and they are an engaging and empowering model for 3D artists to put their skills to the test,” said Michael Makdah, Marketing Manager for MakePrintable, at “3D printing them is a challenge because they will have a lot of thin areas that will need to be thickened before printing. MakePrintable is a great solution for preparing sci-fi ships or similar ship models, as it is virtually fully automated and handles wall thickness adjustments, non-collectors, edges, overlap, and waterproofing. to the water in a very simple online platform.


The contest runs until October 10, so you’ll have time to really perfect your design (s) as there’s no limit to the number of entries you can submit. Entries must be completely original – no creative variation of the Business, as fun as that may be. When uploading your entry, be sure to check the “Sci-Fi Ships Challenge” box and do not upload it to the gallery; all entries should be prepared and uploaded using MakePrintable.

press-kit-MOD-t_Product_Image_1Thank you to the partners of the challenge FormFutura and New material, attractive prizes are offered: the big winner will receive a MOD-t 3D printer of New Matter, while the first finalist will receive two spools of FormFutura filament in MetalFil Antique Bronze and MetalFil Classic Copper. The second finalist will receive a 3D print of their own ship from MakePrintable.

Entries will be judged on model and design quality, clear and attractive presentation, as well as uniqueness and innovation. If you wish to include a rendering of your design, this is optional, but it will be taken into consideration by the judges.

“From our perspective, we haven’t had a 3D printing challenge in a while, and the opportunity to have one with MakePrintable was both unexpected and appealing,” Eduardas Jucys, Chief Executive Officer told us. CGTrader marketing project. “Making sci-fi ships is probably not the most common practice in 3D printing, so it’s interesting to see what kind of work our designers can come up with!

“Due to the convenience of MakePrintable, our 3D designers can also participate in this challenge, as well as create their own designs in 3D and 3D printing formats. It’s also a great way for them to expand their portfolio! MakePrintable supports over 20 formats including 3ds Max (.3ds) or Lightwave (.lwo) which are often used in our community, so most of our 3D designers should have no problem uploading the design to the MakePrintable’s platform for a quick ‘fix.’ “


Competitions like this often build lasting partnerships between companies; this is not the first collaboration between CGTrader and FormFutura, which recently sponsored the Kitchen and dining accessories challenge. This is their first time working with MakePrintable, but both companies agree it probably won’t be the last.

“3D design and 3D printing are now married. Create a new skill flow for artists to turn virtual models into physical objects. We couldn’t resist this opportunity to reach out to a large community of 3D artists and invite them to explore our 3D printing mesh repair solution, ”Makdah told us. “CGTrader’s online community has an excellent network of talents who work collaboratively to improve 3D design through tutorials, discussions and challenges. “It’s like a 3D-designed mega-brain. “… MakePrintable plans to have more challenges with CGTrader and other communities to get 3D artists to learn more about 3D printing. “

What do you think of the magnitude of this challenge? Discuss further in the CGTrader / MakePrintable 3D Design Challenge forum on