Results are in! Makerbot Replicator 2 Design Challenge

The future is a difficult thing to predict - unless your obsession is cars and you're an Engineer or Designer. You'll likely be making these very vehicles a reality! But one thing that was hard to predict was which one would be the winner. According to Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot. “We were amazed and awed by the designs submitted for the MakerBot and GrabCAD 3D Print Challenge. Judging was incredibly difficult, especially since many, including myself, are major automotive enthusiasts.” So without further ado, congratulations to GrabCADr Omega for winning first prize, a Makerbot Replicator 2!


1st Place - ALPHA by Omega

This futuristic aerodynamic flying spacecraft combines gorgeous curves with hot rod triple exhaust and spoilers. The description of Alpha reads: After solving the energy crisis with cold fusion in 2039, scientists made two very important breakthroughs in energy storage and propulsion. A new type of capacitor with an enormous energy density of 1MWh/dm^3 emerged out of a billon dollar project. Secondly, a highly advanced circular magnetoplasmadynamic thruster (cMPD) entered a practical stage. It works by accelerating hydrogen atoms very efficient almost to the speed of light. Through the relativistic mass dilatation, which occurs at such particle velocities, only a very small amount of working mass has to be carried along the vehicle. In 2040 the prototype Alpha, utilizing this technology, was built in cooperation with MakerBot Industries. The first flight beat all expectations. From then on it was an ease taking off vertically and flying out into space. Only a year later, the Alpha consumer product came to the market. Traffic was quickly heaved into the third dimension, and after two decades, massive autonomous cargo ships left earth heading towards Mars to initiate large-scale terrafomation.
…And so a new area for mankind began.




2nd Place - 2040 Direct Drive Vehicle by Gabriel Otrin

Gaberiel Ortin describes his vehicle as: This rugged automobile concept for the year 2040 is designed for individuals that can’t live without a fundamental driving experience. The concept features a rigid, lightweight construction and is entirely operated with by-wire technology. The electronic steering and propulsion systems allow for an intuitive, direct experience. The suspended seats rotate with the car when turning for enhanced visibility and the driver is directly connected to the road.



3rd Place - Personal Hot Rod by Matthew Gueller

Matthew Gueller created this beautiful single passenger vehicle that is based around today’s hot rod motorcycles, but with a look toward the year 2040 as a rugged and stable vehicle to ride the ground.



4th Place Firanse R3 by Luis Cordoba

Luis Cordoba envisioned he Firanse R3 in the year 2040 where there are not limits for what could be 3D printed, every material and size is possible, and the recycling process has been completely rewritten. He noted: The products are cheaper and more efficient because the internal parts could be more complex, resistant and smaller, printed directly in place. And if something is broken it can simply be reduced to its original material and reprinted again, and the owner could even could collect several things and make something completely different and convenient with one's lifestyle. This is where the Firanse R3 takes place as a completely affordable, personalized and ecological car. This concept vehicle consists of two parts, the first one is the cab that holds the seats, batteries and the principal controls, and second part are the modular wheels that have the engines, brakes, suspension and direction system.



5th Place The Sampa by Brian

Brian describes the Sampa or "Gunnar" is a: jet powered 'motorcycle' designed to have individual internal parts 3d printed with carbon/aluminum panel overlay. This will allow for a lighter final design and ease of replacement. I thought it would be a cool concept as a hover bike or air-to-air personal transport, allowing you to fit into small spaces and yet carry a top speed comparable to an aircraft. 

All parts modeled by Brian T. Acton.



6th Place LB1 by Marcos

The LB1 is a personal flying vehicle, rounded on all sides for easy maneuverability and with a closed cockpit door for safety and wind resistance.


  • Congrats to all others winners :D and thanks to Kaspar and all the GrabCAD team and Makerbot for this contest, and also a special thanks to all GrabCAD community, thanks to you I get the model more liked, published, downloaded and commented throughout the contest and that is priceless, really THANKS :D.

    • Great job Luis – yours was my personal favourite!

  • Congrate to the Winners it was a verry nice challenge and a great contents
    Good Luck

  • varinder pal singh

    congratulations to all the winners
    great entries

  • Dale Stoner

    Science fiction has taken a definite compression from the days when space travel and underwater movement were only imagination. It is guilt fiction that has driven Hollywood to show completely unverified projections of impending crashes and nonsense escapes from explosions. Being bad no longer hurts in the imagination of screen writers. I really appreciate the efforts made here in an era when hypersonic and supersonic flight have been abandoned as well as vertical takeoff and landing access to metropolis. Guess, what we’re not even going to Mars much less to the stars. Oddly I see a future in a running shoe sole that lasts 10,000 miles and never leaves black marks on a floor or carpet. I love the additive manufacturing but see a laser bonding a mist cloud more like a hologram in a cloud chamber than printing in relief on a plate for inexpensive printing. I see pressure of light being the fusion mechanism that works at the triple point of electrolytes being the way crystals grow. I’m not negative but I seriously stubbed my toe to seek out now a deeper bottom line. Metals showed their stuff in WW-I and WW-II with Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom consuming so much ore that … Trees are museum pieces at Sequoia and Hartwick Pines. Wake up and smell the silicon!! Rare earth phosphors are behind us and trapped in magnets. Baby talk, what we need more of is baby talk.

  • Surely the criteria for this competition should be that they have to actually print the things out.

    This should be the “dig up an existing 3D model that has absolutely nothing to do with 3D printing” competition.