Protolabs Launches 3D Design Competition for 2018 3D Printing Industry Awards


The 3D Printing Industry Awards return to London on May 17, 2018. This gala event recognizes leaders and innovators in the additive manufacturing ecosystem, materials, academic advancements and hardware.

This year our 3D Printing Industry Awards Trophy Design Challenge is hosted by GrâceFactory and advanced digital manufacturing business Protolabs.

3D Printing Industry Awards 2018 Trophy Design Competition hosted by Protolabs and garantieFactory.

Design brief

The 2017 3D Printing Industry Awards attendees included Desktop Metal, Siemens. HP, Markforged, Dassault Systèmes, DWS, Autodesk, Polymaker and Dr Adrian Bowyer.

To see your work associated with such big names in the industry, “designers are challenged to create a trophy that not only celebrates the capabilities of 3D printing, but also shows the advanced digital manufacturing capabilities of Protolabs.” , explains Rob Lindsay, Business Development Manager at chauffageFactory.

To be successful, each entry must:

  • Include truss structure
  • Have internal channels
  • Incorporate multiple features 0.15-0.20mm (preferably in the same orientation)
  • Adapts to the min / max size of a cube from 75 mm to 125 mm
  • Be optimized for SLA 3D printing

Prizes will also be awarded for participation and second place.

Protolabs erases SLA 3D prints.  Photo by Michael Petch.
Protolabs erases SLA 3D prints. Photo by Michael Petch.

Inspiration

Last year’s trophy design competition was won by Morgan morey which used as a starting point a sculpture praised by the Roman art writer Pliny the Elder from the 2nd century BC. The basis of this design used the sculpture of the Laocoon Group, and introduced low-poly elements to make the figure look like it’s done.

A remix by the group Laocoon was used for the 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy.
A remix of the group Laocoon was used for the 2017 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy by Morgan Morey.

Price

In addition to your creation made by Protolabs and touted as the official 3D printing industry award, first place will win a Wanhao Duplicator 9 3D printer. A second Wanhao Duplicator 9 will also be available as a finalist prize.

Want to get your hands on one of them?  Enter the 3D Printing Industry Awards Trophy Design Contest now and win first or second place!  Image of duplicator 9 via Wanhao
Want to get your hands on one of them? Enter the 3D Printing Industry Awards Trophy Design Contest now and win first or second place! Image of duplicator 9 via Wanhao

To participate, all designers will receive an additional 10% discount for any Duplicator 9 3D printer purchased prior to the awards ceremony on May 17, 2018. Your design will also be promoted in selected award-related items through the 3D printing industry.

Note – last year #Hashtag DPIAwards on Twitter has been viewed over 3 million times.

3D Printing Industry EIC Michael Petch stands alongside Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice President and General Manager of GE Additive, holding the 3D Printing Industry Awards winning trophy for 2017 Financial of the Year. Photo by Beau Jackson
3D Printing Industry EIC Michael Petch stands alongside Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice President and General Manager of GE Additive, holding the 3D Printing Industry Awards winning trophy for 2017 Financial of the Year. Photo by Beau Jackson

How to enter

Nominations for the 2018 awards will remain open until the end of February 2018 and can be made here. After the close, we will open the shortlist for voting.

Greg Thompson, Global Product Manager, 3D Printing at Protolabs adds, “Protolabs is thrilled to be part of a program that identifies, highlights and supports designers and engineers who drive product innovation with new ideas.

“Our goal with the program is to elevate these promising ideas with actual manufacturing grants so that the products can be fully developed and successfully launched to the market. Product innovation has always been at the heart of Protolabs, so we are happy to be a catalyst in this effort.

The deadline for submission is March 31, 2018.

Enter, visit chauffageFactory where full rules and guidelines are available.

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Applications close this month. Be sure to nominate all nominees for the 2018 3D Printing Industry Awards here.



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