The first annual Golden Gear Awards are ready. Thank you again for being the best online CAD Community out there! Yesterday, we announced the trophy for the 2012 Golden Gear Awards. Today, we would like to present the winners who will be receiving that trophy.
How the Categories and Winners Were Chosen
Before I do, I would like to explain the categories and how the winners were chosen. A model is not eligible for a Golden Gear if it was created "over a year ago" in your file folder, had already won a Challenge prize, or if you had won a Golden Gear in another category. Why? We want to show our appreciation for as much of the Community content as possible. How did we decide the categories? We wanted some winners chosen based on the Community response throughout the year: most likeable, most buzzworthy, and most downloaded. You all helped to pick these models each time you downloaded, liked, or left a comment. These are really the best way to show someone you like their work.
We also wanted to highlight some of our favorites across many different categories of models so we included winners in manufacturing and construction, transportation, home and interiors, and toys, crafts and everything fun. We also realize all the hard work you all put into Tutorials and collaborative projects so we included categories for model and renderings tutorials along with an open engineering category. Each category will have one winner, listed first, and then one honorable mention. The whole GrabCAD Team helped choose the winners. Now, let's present our winners (drum roll)!
Top Open Engineering Project
Top "Pay It Forward" Tutorial (Rendering)
Top "Pay It Forward" Tutorial (Modeling)
Top Manufacturing or Construction Model
Top Transportation Model
Top Home or Interior Model
Top Craft, Toy, or Novelty Model
Most Likeable Model
Most Buzzworthy Model
Most Downloaded Model
The Golden Gears Next Year
Please leave comments with categories you would like to see next year and let me know if you would be interested in a nomination process for the next Golden Gears. Look out for the new badge that will highlight the winners. I will also post these results on the Golden Gear Trophy Challenge page. I would love to include more members next year since so many of you deserve special attention for the fun, complex, beautiful, and educational models you upload every day! Every time a winner was picked, I thought of 10 more people I would like to recognize. I bet that next year that number will be more like 100! I am looking forward to a great year ahead of us.