Layered Labs challenges you to help design a new 3D printer!
3D Printers could very well change the World. They've already helped in the design process of countless Engineers and Designers. Having your CAD model in your hand rather than an abstract model is vitally important, and 3D Printers make the process easier. For consumers, a 3D printer means 'download-and-print' is a possibility instead of 'going-out-and-shopping'. For small businesses and workshops, it means small production runs of small new or low-demand products are doable and completely profitable.
For the first time, the GrabCAD Community has the opportunity to design a 3D Printer. This design challenge is open ended to allow for substantial creative freedom. Your work will ultimately help set the design language for an entire brand of products. Good entries will be designs that are easy to manufacture, elegant in form, and that satisfy as many of the design requirements as possible.
Aesthetically, the look captured needs to be unique and help define the brand. It needs to be compelling, and able to showcase a really cool, new technology effectively, without being brash or overstated. It needs to do this while also being approachable to the average consumer - all of the existing 3D printing designs we have seen from any company are inadequate in this regard. We recommend looking at Leica cameras and Apple products as good examples of appealing industrial design, but do come up with your own original concepts.
Competitors are encouraged to submit sketches at first to be able to ask questions to see if they are on the right track and get feedback from the sponsor.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THE ENTRIES HAVE TO BE PRIVATE. SEE RULES AND PICTURES BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.
The STEP file shows a prototype version of the machine with mounted panels that are bolted onto aluminum extrusions. The ENTIRE design needs to be CHANGED from a bolt-together chassis to an elegant stamped and folded SHEET METAL design with good structural characteristics and manufacturability kept in mind.
PLEASE SEND AN E-MAIL TO firstname.lastname@example.org for getting the STEP file.
The holes for the linear rods, the stepper motors, and channel cutouts inside of the inner shell must be maintained, and a spacing of 25mm from the internal shell of the machine, to where the outer panels mount, is needed for routing wires inside the machine. The linear rods and motors are load bearing, so the mounting points need to be able to withstand up to 100lbs force without issue.
The electronics will be housed at the bottom of the machine, and power will be brought in from the rear - a shelf 125mm tall and comprising half the length of the machine is needed for mounting everything.
There need to be four chambers for filament spools, that are accessible from the outside of the machine, that are environmentally sealed. The filament will feed through a tube to an extruder motor of which a STEP file of a mockup is included, which needs to be mounted inside of the machine close to the filament chambers. The filament spools need to be able to rotate easily inside the chambers - resting atop ball bearings is recommended.
The machine needs to have a large door with a viewing window to be able to see the model while it's being built. It needs to be weather sealed so the interior environment is fully isolated from the exterior during printing. An exhaust fan 80mm to 120mm needs to be included on either the top of side of the machine with room for a 6mm thick air filter to slide in tightly.
The front of the machine will also have an LCD, and on/off switch. The rear will have a standard computer power inlet. The design should focus on stamped sheet metal, with consideration given to cost when choosing metals (IE: Brushed stainless steel is nice, but fairly expensive in comparison to aluminum or powder coated steel). Covers for the filament chambers can be made from injection molded plastic, if desired.
The machine is equipped with a 4.3” Diagonal LCD. The LCD module is 67.3 x 105.34 x 4.15 mm^3, with a 53.86 x 95.4mm^2 viewing area, and should have 20mm of clearance behind it for mounting electronics.
There is a standard ATX Power Inlet at rear of the machine.
Spools are 200mm OD, 51mm ID, and 73mm thick, and weigh about 2.5 lbs. Take this into account when designing your mounting point so you don't warp or bend the metal.
Native CAD files required at the end of the contest.
Marketing grade renders are the end of the project are appreciated.
If your design is chosen as the grand prize winner, we will likely require some minor changes to be made to accommodate actual parts prior to sending the design off for prototyping.
Only private entries are accepted in this Challenge. Send an e-mail to email@example.com and request for an access to upload private models.
Uploaded models must be shared with firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The Challenge is open to everyone. You can submit several entries.
Team entries are welcome. In case of team win, prize will be transferred to team leader who is solely responsible for splitting it among team members.
Models can be done in any CAD software as long as STEP or IGES files are also uploaded.
Only entries uploaded to GrabCAD library through this challenge page here will participate in the competition.
By entering this competition, you
1. Warrant that the work is your original work.
2. To the best of your knowledge, it is not, and has not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited.
3. Neither the work nor its use infringes the intellectual property rights (whether a patent, utility model, functional design right, aesthetic design right, trade mark, copyright or any other intellectual property right) of any other person.
Applicants are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement for any costs. The applicant’s participation shall not constitute employment, assignment or offer of employment or assignment.
Tag your model with “layeredlabs”. Only entries with valid tag will participate!
Winning designs will be chosen based on the rules and requirements.
This Challenge starts on January 21, 2013 and ends on March 6, 2013, at 11:59pm UTC.
Winners will be announced latest April 6, 2013.
All cash prizes awarded through Paypal (http://grabcad.com/faq#money). Void where prohibited.
$2,500 + A free 3D printer if your design is produced + GrabCAD shirt and mug
$1,250 + GrabCAD shirt and mug
$625 + GrabCAD shirt and mug
GrabCAD shirt and mug
GrabCAD shirt and mug
GrabCAD shirt and mug
The Jury will be comprised of Layered Labs and GrabCAD staff.
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