In July, 3D printing community and marketplace Pin shape in partnership with Mold3D Academy for a competition around virtual sculpture. In the Design Your Future Avatar contest, sponsored by Formlabs, Oculus, ZBrush, and 3D Artist Magazine, the contestants were tasked with designing an original avatar character that represented their mind and personality, whether the avatar personally resembled them or whether it was a newly designed character that they aspired to be.
The contest judges awarded points based on ease of printing and technical excellence, creativity of design, overall presentation (including print settings, image quality and building instructions) and documentation of competitor designs and avatar background stories.
The competition description reads: âImagine a future in which virtual reality is just as common as cell phones and social media are today. In this future, everyone is represented in virtual space by an avatar of their own creation. What would you look like What would you wear? Are you human? Animal? Something completely new?
The Global Challenge ended on August 31st and the winners, who were competing for awesome prizes from all of the contest sponsors, were announced this week. Three designs received honorable mentions, including LÃ©vyathan by otto. The design is based on the powerful sea creature Leviathan, and the metaphysical Leviathan, always accompanied by a protector Octopus, uses his deer antlers to open interdimensional doors and travel through space-time.
According to Pinshape, âThis was one of the most creative entries in the competition and one of the Pinshape team’s favorites! “
The Warrior Artist by Samantha Bean was another honorable mention entry and includes nine 3D printable pieces that can be put together to create a 6 “x 6” x 5 “female avatar wielding a pen like a javelin. Pinshape noted that the designer” did an excellent job. work with the ideation and creation of his character “.
âVirtual reality and personal avatars give us the chance to be anything,â Bean said of his entry. âIt’s liberating – you can be anything – but it also allows you to hide from being yourself. But even with this ability to be anything and hide everything, what I really want is to be myself – as flawed and human as I am.
The warrior artist’s conception is nicely summed up by an adaptation of a popular quote: “The pen is mightier than the sword – especially when the pen is gigantic and thrown like a javelin.”
The last honorable mention is Imaginary world of Vinicius Villela. The avatar, with lean limbs and torso and a large robotic head, was designed in several components and 3D printed on a Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer. Villela’s design is a cybernetic avatar called Loki, who âseeks new adventures on the horizonâ with his sidekick Flick.
The intriguing and slightly scary Roof of the Book by martin_nikolov, a personal work suitable for 3D printing, took third place in the challenge. Nikolov included a fully prepared .form file so others can download the design and create their own, and won a one-year subscription to 3D Artist Magazine and a Mold3D course.
Pinshape said: “Martin added incredible detail to this Book Roof sculpture and adapted the original design to make printing easier.”
Second prize, consisting of a one-year subscription to 3D Artist Magazine, a Mold3D course, and ZBrush Core, went to the “Steam Cowboy” by BlackSpire; if you are a fan of Toy story movies, you can join me in thinking that the design looks a bit like a more muscular Woody.
âBob Fist is a cowboy. A very special one, âBlackSpire wrote of the design. âWith his steam suit, he is ready to fight all the monsters, savages or gunslingers of the Wild West. It is fitted with an old Enfield mk V steam engine, the Levi’s Metal Boots Mod. 1876, and the Steamers & Sons motorized gloves. Its main objective is to protect cows against deadly organic coyotes. “
Pinshape liked the design presentation, especially the rendering of the Steam Cowboy blueprints. To see a painted preview of the model, look on Sketchfab.
âIt is an honor to be selected as the first winner of the Avatar design competition,â Davis told 3DPrint.com. âI am extremely grateful to be part of a community that supports and promotes creators. I hope my work captures the spirit of creativity that each person has in themselves inspired by our own creator.
The design was 3D printed on an Ultimaker 2, using standard Cura settings. The Avatar Maker is how Davis shows the creative process and connects to digital work in a VR space, and he hopes others will take the Avatar Maker and add their own head and face.
Maker Avatar’s character description reads: “The embodiment of the Creator in his virtual universe: The Creator reaches into the void to create depths of himself, bringing his thoughts and experiences from another plane of existence.” . Forming the building blocks of digital life one polygon at a time, the Creator imbues them with the spark of his own life. With a perception beyond ordinary sight, he looks beyond what is and imagines the endless possibilities of his virtual reality.
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