Pinshape Launches First-Ever Student 3D Design and Printing Competition in India –

An April 15 article on MarketWatch reported on the key role that 3D printing will play in India over the next five years. According to the detailed report, 3D printing in India is still in its infancy, but it “offers huge growth opportunities in the coming years.” The Indian government is launching initiatives that it hopes will revive the domestic manufacturing sector. The report predicts that the 3D printer market alone could register up to $79 million in sales by 2021.

“Two Worlds Rings” by Pinshape contributor and contestant, lana.lepper

Web service and 3D printing community Pinshape is doing its part to raise awareness and excitement with the first 3D printing contest for students in India. Contest entrants are challenged to create a low-poly design in one of five categories:

  1. Characters, celebrities and great people in history
  2. Animals
  3. Cars and spaceships
  4. Art and sculptures
  5. Functional elements

Entrants can increase their chances by combining any of the above categories.

Pinshape is giving students plenty of time to learn 3D design and have their creations 3D printed before the contest deadline, which is July 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST. On August 2, the finalists will be notified by email and asked to verify that they are students residing in India and between the ages of 14 and 30, which is quite a range.

The competition, sponsored by Pinshape, Novabeans, Ultimaker, Shining 3D, and ShaperJet, has some awesome prizes: First place winner receives an Ultimaker 2 3D printer. Second place student wins an Einstart Desktop 3D printer from Shining 3D. First, second, third and fourth place winners receive high resolution 3D prints of their creations.

“Ursula 3D Character” by Pinshape contributor and contestant aaryan1to

All designs should be submitted in STL, OBJ or ZIP format. Entrants can submit up to 20 files, and the maximum file size is 100MB. On the contest site, Pinshape helps students download free 3D design programs — Meshlab and Netfabb — and explains how to properly submit entries. files.

You don’t have to be a contestant to go to the contest site and vote for the best submissions. Additionally, each judge chooses a design to submit to the final. The jury is made up of two Indian designers, fashion designer Rina Dhaka and graphic designer Neha Tulsian, and a Parisian painter, Marlène Fayolle.

“3D Benchy: The Jolly 3D-Printing Torture Test” by Pinshape Contributor and Candidate CreativeTools

The creations will be judged on several criteria:

  1. Uniqueness of design
  2. Design details
  3. Presentation
  4. Printability of the drawing
  5. Design follows contest guidelines
  6. Design marketing

We’ve taken a look at the designs that students have already submitted and they’re impressive and quite varied, ranging from a rustic looking water tower, a variety of jewelry and a classic car, to a plastic elephant. origami, a child’s tug toy, and a well-crafted model of Disney’s Ursula the Sea Witch The little Mermaid.

The contest site provides a counter showing the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds remaining in the contest before the July 31 deadline. We hope to see the number of submissions grow as well as the awareness of 3D printing’s ability to change the design and manufacturing landscape in India in the years to come.

Do you know any students in India who could enter this competition, or will you vote for your favorite entries? Join the discussion about this one-of-a-kind contest in the Pinshape 3D Printing Contest for Students in India forum thread on

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