The idea was to bring CAD to color and color to CAD. A record breaking 557 entries did just that! The winners of this Challenge were recently announced at IDSA's 2013 The Color of Design Conference and they all are worthy of a big congratulations. We also want to celebrate the original models they used to create their work. Look for the original model posted alongside the winners.
Back in June 2012, we reported on the Desktop Factory Challenge. Entrants had to make an inexpensive machine that could make plastic filament, the sort you'd need for a Makerbot or an Ultimaker. The difficulty? You had to use off-the-shelf components and your final bill of materials could only add up to $250 (if ordered in a bulk package of 400). I thought I was impossible. But surprise, surprise, 83-year old Hugh Lyman managed to express his impressive engineering and design skills to win the $40,000 prize!
GrabCADr Extraordinaire Tommy Mueller has been working closely with our team to promote and experiment with GrabCAD's collaborative tools. The latest experiment has been to challenge everyone to develop a Pod-racer (remember Star Wars Episode I?). 34 collaborators have put in hours and hours of work over the last month to produce their own creation. Now the voting begins! Tommy has created an off-site voting tool so that all 470,000 of you can check out the submissions and vote. Click here and get your vote in before February 22!
Layered Labs is a new 3D Printing company that aims to crowdsource a basic design for a 3D Printer. The greatest tool for the Engineer and the Designer since the Computer, the GrabCAD Community will have a chance at modelling the appropriate concept. However, there are a few constraints - more after the jump!
GrabCAD's brand new annual community appreciation event needs your help. We are looking for one of our talented engineers or designers to create an amazing trophy to give to our Golden Gear winners, who we will announce at the end of this design challenge. Who better to design a bit of physical product awesomeness than you? Create something that you would want to take home because, after all, the winner of this trophy Challenge will get a 3D printed Golden Gear Award, too!
Back in March, we partnered with 3Dconnexion for our 3D Mouse Demo Video Challenge. GrabCAD users’ video making skills were put to the test, and the results did not disappoint. We sat down to chat with John Moseley, Director of Global Marketing at 3Dconnexion, to discuss the challenge and its overall success.
That's right! Figulo loved how well the last challenge went in March that they decided to run the Figulo Ceramic Challenge. It's not going to be anything like our last challenge. Users must come up with either a vase, a table lamp or a candle holder, with $500 going to the winner in each category and $100 to honourable mentions. Wait, there's more. GrabCAD is giving out $100 prizes to those users that use our Collaboration Tool and work together!
Keyshot makes some of latest, greatest and most photorealistic software out there. And they want to give you a copy of Keyshot Pro (valued at $2,500) to a GrabCAD Engineer that can take any engine model and render it best. Check out our newest challenge and give it your best shot!
Realism is obviously important, but not the only aspect of a winning submission. A great render is one that has a sense of humour, a unique take and aesthetic taste. Choice of background and appropriate animation will matter a lot. If you remember our former Community Manager Josh Mings, he will our juror as Marketing Manager for Luxion, the maker of Keyshot. Maybe some of you recall the Solidsmack Awesome Sauce Competition?