Boston Startup School, a 6 week intensive program for aspiring entrepreneurs and young professionals, is recognizing influential players in the Boston startup scene next week. They need your help designing 3D-printable trophies for their seven "Italics Award" winners.
The seven trophies will be 3D printed on a Dimension 1200 printer over the weekend and presented early next week at the 1st annual Italics award ceremony in Boston, MA.
The trophy should have a base structure upon which an ink well rests. A quill should protrude from the well. We envision a square frustum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frustum) base of approximately 150mm x 150mm. The entire build height cannot exceed 300mm.
On one side (the front) of the base, "2012 Italics Awards" should be engraved on one line with "Recipient Name" engraved directly below it. Once the challenge winner has been selected, he or she will be responsible for submitting seven additional models- each with a different name on it.
Creative entries are encouraged, but always keep in mind the ability to 3D print inexpensively (i.e. hollow everything out, avoid overhanging structures).
You can read more about the Dimension printer here: http://www.dimensionprinting.com/3d-printers/printing-productspecs1200series.aspx
CHALLENGE UPDATE 6/6/12 @ noon EST
- Minimum wall thickness for acceptable 3D printing is a significant factor, but the allowable thickness depends on a few factors-- does the wall support weight, is it curved etc... Wall thickness should never be less then 2mm, but thicker may be required depending on your model.
- The quill should be printed as well, affixed to the inside of the inkwell. The angle of the quill should be between 45 and 90 degrees from the frustum's base.
- Cost to print is one of most critical factors when selecting the winning design. Please keep this in mind at all times. A smaller trophy could be a better choice. The less material the better.
Trophy must be designed for 3D printing with minimal use of material while maintaining structural rigidity.
The ink well structure should be empty (hollow), as should the base. The feather or quill should be affixed to one side of the ink well structure (think of a straw in an empty cup).
Colors are restricted to white, black, ivory, nectarine, blue, olive green, gray, fluorescent yellow and red.
This challenge is open to everyone
Winners will be announced on GrabCAD blog and here on this challenge site under tab Results
Team entries are welcome. In case of team win, prize money will be transferred to team leader who is solely responsible for splitting it among team members.
You can submit several designs.
Tag your model with “StartupSchool” to make it easier to find.
Privately uploaded models will be made public after the competition deadline.
Entries should be submitted as an STL (.stl) file. You are also encouraged to upload IGES (.igs), Rhinoceros 4 (.3dm), or SolidWorks part or assembly file (.SLDPRT, .SLDASM).
Competition starts: June 5th 2012
Competition ends: June 8th @ 2p Boston time
$500 Cash Prize
Boston Startup School is the best place for young professionals to learn the skills needed to have an immediate and positive impact on the startup they join. Your days will be spent working on real startup challenges, rapidly applying your new skills. You will have an opportunity to meet an incredible set of Boston startup companies that are looking for top talent to grow their businesses.
Our program is an immersive, six-week, full time experience that educates participants on startup culture, team dynamics and one of four in-demand skill sets.