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This Challenge invites you to create awesome accessories for StaX, a machined aluminum modular container system.

What is StaX

StaX is intended to bring 3D printing to a broader audience by creating a product that is designed for expansion. By publishing the interface requirements and sharing the CAD models, we hope to encourage people to design and customize their own accessories that can be 3D printed. We have created simple pencil organizers, potted plant inserts, internal storage compartments, and lighted sections. The anodized aluminum provides a beautiful finished look, while 3D printing provides for limitless uses. With an overall diameter of less than 4 inches, StaX accessories can printed on almost any 3D printer available, from open source kits to high end industrial machines.

About this Challenge

You have a really sharp looking set of aluminum pieces that you can extend and make your own by designing simple (or complex) accessories. Take a look at the StaX models on GrabCAD and come up with your suggestion!

Also check out the campaign at Kickstarter.

Requirements

  • You must include:
    - Rendering
    - STL
    - Description explaining your design

  • You are encouraged to include:
    - STEP or IGES file
    - CAD file in any format

  • Winning designs will be:
    - matching StaX concept
    - matching StaX dimensions
    - creative

Download specification

Rules

  • The competition is open to everyone. Multiple entries are acceptable. Team entries are welcome - prize will be transferred to team leader. Participants may only win one prize per Challenge.

  • Tag your entry with “Staxaccessory” when uploading to GrabCAD. If you submit through the "Submit entry" button, this should be added automatically. Only entries with valid tag will participate. Only entries uploaded to GrabCAD through the "Submit entry" button on this Challenge page will be considered an entry. Private entries are not eligible.

  • 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.
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    If you think an entry may infringe on existing copyrighted materials, please email challenges@grabcad.com.

  • 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.

  • The sum of the Awards is the total gross amount of the reward. The awarded participant is solely liable for the payment of all taxes, duties and other similar measures if imposed on the reward pursuant to the legislation of the country of his/her residence, domicile, citizenship, workplace, or any other criterion of similar nature. Only 1 award per person.

  • Only public entries will be considered. Any private submissions will be made public at the Challenge deadline.

  • We will release the finalists before the final announcement to give the Community an opportunity to "vote" for their favorites in the comments. The jury will take these into consideration when picking the final winner. This new addition is based on feedback from you!

  • Winning designs will be chosen based on the rules and requirements. This Challenge ends on April 4, 2014 (11:59pm UTC). Winners will be announced by May 4, 2014.

  • Void where prohibited.

Prizes

Cash awards for TOP 3 places.
StaX sets for TOP 50 designs upon a successful Kickstarter campaign.

1st -3rd Prize

$100 cash + GrabCAD shirt

Upon a successful Kickstarter campaign

StaX sets for TOP 50 places

About the jury?

The jury is comprised of experts from Zalaco, Zepto Industries and GrabCAD.

About StaX

The StaX project is a collaborative effort between Zalaco LLC and Zepto Industries LLC.

Zalaco provides mechanical engineering design services, while Zepto Industries provides electrical engineering design services. Both are small businesses run by engineers based out of Orlando, Florida.

More information: www.stax.zeplaco.com

65 comments

  • Arian Shamil

    Arian Shamil 5 months ago

    Nice item and very nice challange :)

    Arian Shamil has uploaded 55 CAD models & has left 1499 comments.
  • Taki Eddine BEN RABAH

    Taki Eddine BEN RABAH 5 months ago

    Very Nice Challenge.....

    Taki Eddine BEN RABAH has uploaded 39 CAD models & has left 2026 comments.
  • Zack Monninger

    Zack Monninger 5 months ago

    Thanks guys! Looking forward to seeing what the GrabCAD community can come up with.

    Zack Monninger has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 47 comments.
  • Tommy Mueller

    Tommy Mueller 5 months ago

    @zack I'd expect no less than 400 entries on this one ;)
    Sure to bring out the creatives on GrabCAD!

    Tommy Mueller has uploaded 145 CAD models & has left 2024 comments.
  • Taki Eddine BEN RABAH

    Taki Eddine BEN RABAH 5 months ago

    @Tommy Right, maybe +++++++++++++

    Taki Eddine BEN RABAH has uploaded 39 CAD models & has left 2026 comments.
  • Pouriya

    Pouriya 5 months ago

    This is a nice challenge, GrabCaders will put beautiful creative things I cant wait for new designs (:

    Pouriya has uploaded 59 CAD models & has left 264 comments.
  • Dave Buczak

    Dave Buczak 5 months ago

    I'll take a shot at this Friday, and I'll look into the Kickstarter when I get paid. Great work guys!

    Dave Buczak has uploaded 18 CAD models & has left 50 comments.
  • Andre Fraga

    Andre Fraga 5 months ago

    Nice one!! , I will work to win this challenge

    Andre Fraga has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 27 comments.
  • Bastien Bruyère

    Bastien Bruyère 5 months ago

    Very nice item indeed. I will give it a shot as well.

    Bastien Bruyère has uploaded 17 CAD models & has left 78 comments.
  • Zack Monninger

    Zack Monninger 5 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! Keep the entries coming!

    Zack Monninger has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 47 comments.
  • reza allahyari

    reza allahyari 5 months ago

    Perfect! I'm in.. :)

    reza allahyari has uploaded 108 CAD models & has left 1600 comments.
  •  Josh Scheringer

    Josh Scheringer 5 months ago

    gonna be a lot of entries for this one

    Josh Scheringer has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 78 comments.
  • Craig Rettew

    Craig Rettew 5 months ago

    I'm blown away with these incredible designs, keep 'em coming! I'm very impressed with the GrabCAD community with hopes that it can help out our Kickstarter campaign to bring StaX to life! Great work!

    Craig Rettew has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 23 comments.
  • Zack Monninger

    Zack Monninger 5 months ago

    @Everyone - When designing accessories, please start with one of the models labeled "StaX - Thread Interface Starter". These models have looser threads to help 3D printed parts mate with the machined parts. We're trying to print a few of the accessories and this will help us a bunch. Thanks!

    Zack Monninger has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 47 comments.
  • Craig Rettew

    Craig Rettew 5 months ago

    @Everyone - We added a folder called "Printed Accessories" under the StaX models page. We hope to continously print some of the great ideas that keep rolling in. Keep an eye on it, there's one there right now! https://grabcad.com/library/stax-a-machined-aluminum-modular-container-2/files/Printed%20Accessories

    Craig Rettew has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 23 comments.
  • Pouriya

    Pouriya 5 months ago

    I have fascinated about my 3d printed design (:

    Pouriya has uploaded 59 CAD models & has left 264 comments.
  • Jovan Dimic

    Jovan Dimic 5 months ago

    @Pouriya that juicer looks great!!!

    Jovan Dimic has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 55 comments.
  • Hevi

    Hevi 5 months ago

    @StaX Team - maybe we should have some sell contribution for the best 10-20 entries? :)

    Hevi has uploaded 36 CAD models & has left 455 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel 5 months ago

    So many amazing entries so far! Keep up the great work GrabCADrs :)

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1895 comments.
  • Jonathan

    Jonathan 5 months ago

    SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!!! I CAN'T TAKE IT ANY LONGER!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH *jumps out window.

    Jonathan has uploaded 141 CAD models & has left 1572 comments.
  • Stephen Nyberg

    Stephen Nyberg 5 months ago

    I have added the appropriate files for everyone to my entry.
    Stax Aruduino prototyping enclosure

    Stephen Nyberg has uploaded 115 CAD models & has left 1516 comments.
  • Stephen Nyberg

    Stephen Nyberg 5 months ago

    A consideration the everyone may want to consider is that most forms of 3D printing (especial at home) do not produce parts that food safe.

    Stephen Nyberg has uploaded 115 CAD models & has left 1516 comments.
  • Arian Shamil

    Arian Shamil 5 months ago

    Yes it's true, everyone must consider that....but if you'll use PLA filament you can use it for food use, right? at home i'm using only pla filament... (sorry for my english Stephen :D)

    Arian Shamil has uploaded 55 CAD models & has left 1499 comments.
  • Stephen Nyberg

    Stephen Nyberg 5 months ago

    If ABS has never been in your machine but with the PLA, you still need to be concerned with the porosity of the print and some how threat the surface to prevent bacteria growth after the first use Just something to keep in mind. Some of the good food related entries could be injection molded for actual use down the road but I personally would not risk eating or drinking from printed ones.

    Stephen Nyberg has uploaded 115 CAD models & has left 1516 comments.
  • David Pedersen

    David Pedersen 5 months ago

    Foodsafe (when cured) clear vanish :)

    David Pedersen has uploaded 37 CAD models & has left 100 comments.
  • Arian Shamil

    Arian Shamil 5 months ago

    Good Point Stephen!

    Arian Shamil has uploaded 55 CAD models & has left 1499 comments.
  • Bastien Bruyère

    Bastien Bruyère 5 months ago

    well the 3D print is obviously just for the prototype... they will later on use injection molding to produce great amounts of products.

    Bastien Bruyère has uploaded 17 CAD models & has left 78 comments.
  • David Pedersen

    David Pedersen 5 months ago

    They arent going to produce them.
    All the model is meant for people who haved bought a StaX, can print their own accessories for them.
    "StaX is intended to bring 3D printing to a broader audience"

    David Pedersen has uploaded 37 CAD models & has left 100 comments.
  • David Pedersen

    David Pedersen 5 months ago

    But there are a huge numbers of online printing/cnc services,
    for the people who dont have access to machinery.
    So you could have it printed or machined,
    in (just to be safe when drinking from it) Medical grade titanium :) hehe
    3d printing isnt only PLA and ABS...

    David Pedersen has uploaded 37 CAD models & has left 100 comments.
  • Corey Buchanan

    Corey Buchanan 4 months ago

    It says that the selected entries will become the intellectual property rights of the competition owner. Will this still be the case as StaX seems to be an open source project?

    Corey Buchanan has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • Kamyar

    Kamyar 4 months ago

    Poor business idea gasping for new ideas to survive.

    Kamyar has uploaded 143 CAD models & has left 3141 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel 4 months ago

    @Corey These designs will become part of the open source project and have the same intellectual property rules they use - keep derivatives of designs open, attribute work, etc.
    @Kamyar This is a new, open source project looking to make their product even more useful. I hope you'll join the fun!

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1895 comments.
  • arman thakur

    arman thakur 4 months ago

    Nice one .i will work to win this challenv

    arman thakur has uploaded 9 CAD models & has left 4 comments.
  • The Ultimaker

    The Ultimaker 4 months ago

    Looks like staX need a kickstarter boost :(

    The Ultimaker has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 153 comments.
  • Stephen Nyberg

    Stephen Nyberg 4 months ago

    So now what with the kickstarter funding being unsuccessful?

    Stephen Nyberg has uploaded 115 CAD models & has left 1516 comments.
  • David Pedersen

    David Pedersen 4 months ago

    Sorry to see it didn't get funded :(

    David Pedersen has uploaded 37 CAD models & has left 100 comments.
  • Zack Monninger

    Zack Monninger 4 months ago

    @Stephen - Good question. In fact, we'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on where they'd like to see StaX go in the future. Please feel free to share here or email us directly (info@zeplaco.com goes to both Craig and myself). We'll be looking at things over the next few weeks and try to decide where to go next. Thanks to everyone on GrabCAD for the awesome concepts!

    Zack Monninger has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 47 comments.
  • Jonathan

    Jonathan 4 months ago

    First time I'm in this thread....WoW! Craig and Zack, it's really cool to follow and watch this project on Kickstarter, sorry that you didn't make the goal....no sweat though, lessons can be learned from it, that goes for all of us. Here's some feedback for you.

    Firstly, I understand that costs are probably one of the biggest hurtles to launching a product, but I can tell you unequivocally that your current price points are skyrocket high. 59$ for an anodized aluminum tin can is a no go for me, not with what you're offering. But again, having tinkered with engineering ideas, I understand how hard it is to get those initial costs down so I sympathize. But I would try to focus on this area, that is finding ways to bring the initial costs down, if you were going to continue, you might even have to front some of the expenses out of your pocket to start, just to get the initial production runs going...sucks, but sometimes thats what it takes.

    Why are you CNC'ing them anyway, everyone knows this is one of the most expensive wasteful processes....it should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

    Have you also considered this business model??...... get quotes from a reputable plastic injection molding company for molding the three main sections, do your due diligence on the company, make sure they're going to do the job right, the first time. Lock in those rates and then get back on kickstarter. I've gotten quotes for similar sized parts from protomold.com, you would be looking at about 5-10K for the mold, and maybe 1-2$ per unit up to 1,000 units, The mold would be good for thousands of units. Obviously, the both of you will have savings from you day jobs, use your savings to front the 10K for the mold while you start out and offer the Stax cups kits for let's say a 10$ price point, so @ 2$ per unit cost for the molding, you're pulling in 8$ profit, that goes to paying off you mold and into your pocket for future development, AND, you 10$ price point with the proper marketing will gather a lot more attention and buyers. I would gladly pay 10$ for your product. 59+$ is unreasonable.

    Lesson 2. Does you product really solve a problem? Do I need a Stax in the first place. Just because you can think it and 3D print it, you gotta ask yourself, does the world really need it. That's one of my qualms with 3D printing, are we going to have a bunch more ABS plastic junk floating in our oceans now because every Tom, Dick and Harry can print out a model now..... ) "Manufacturing revolution"...not quite.

    To me, you guys are definitely cut out for this, but you might have to try a few times with a few different product ideas. But anyway, congrats on getting this far!

    Jonathan has uploaded 141 CAD models & has left 1572 comments.
  • Jonathan

    Jonathan 4 months ago

    Would have loved to compete in this but so busy these days, have to weigh my options *pouts :P

    Jonathan has uploaded 141 CAD models & has left 1572 comments.
  • Stephen Nyberg

    Stephen Nyberg 4 months ago

    I agree with most of what Jonathan says but I don't think injection molded StaX would have the same feel as machined anodized aluminum StaX - I think those would be awesome! Making things cheaper instead of better is my least favorite thing about engineering.

    Stephen Nyberg has uploaded 115 CAD models & has left 1516 comments.
  • The Ultimaker

    The Ultimaker 4 months ago

    Agree with Jonathan on the costings, although I personally wouldn't buy a plastic moulded version of this... it was the highly machined quality aluminium that did it for me. Are your costing`s US based or sourced in Asia? I have good contacts if you need them, PM me

    The Ultimaker has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 153 comments.
  • AIT OUFKIR YASSINE

    AIT OUFKIR YASSINE 4 months ago

    Just submitted my Entry, The StaXDeco,
    Stax-deco

    AIT OUFKIR YASSINE has uploaded 32 CAD models & has left 424 comments.
  • Zack Monninger

    Zack Monninger 4 months ago

    Jonathan - Awesome feedback. This was very much an experiment on our part with a "lean" attempt to develop and launch a relatively simple product. We thought the twist of running a GrabCAD contest (crowdsourcing designs and crowdsourcing funding simultaneously) was a cool experiment. And you're right, we were 100x smarter the day after we launched the campaign, so countless lessons learned.

    We considered the injection molding route but it just didn't fit with what we were trying to do at this time. Anodized aluminum consumer products are niche and expensive, but there is a place for them (though StaX may not fit that niche after all).

    I'm starting to think we did this backwards - We should have come to GrabCAD with a really simple set of requirements and let the community design a product that we then took to Kickstarter. Wouldn't that be a cool model? Give the community a challenge like "design a machined aluminum pencil holder", keep the Kickstarter campaign goals at around $10k, and keep launching simple products against some theme (like machined/anodized aluminum). Setup a royalty structure and then repeat.

    Zack Monninger has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 47 comments.
  • Bryan Morris

    Bryan Morris 4 months ago

    I think that's a great idea Zack! I hope we get the chance to do that!

    Bryan Morris has uploaded 48 CAD models & has left 306 comments.
  • The Ultimaker

    The Ultimaker 4 months ago

    Great to see you are positive Zack. I'm sure your next project will be a roaring success. Still...atleast you 3D printed my rocket stand, even if you did do it in girly pink lol.

    The Ultimaker has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 153 comments.
  • Craig Rettew

    Craig Rettew 4 months ago

    Great entries everyone, really impressed! We will be selecting winners soon. Great stuff GrabCADers!

    Craig Rettew has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Lauri Poldre

    Lauri Poldre 4 months ago

    @Zack, this is great feedback. Once again proof that the smart, talented, skillful engineers - members of GrabCAD can tackle any challenge!

    Lauri Poldre has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 120 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel 3 months ago

    Finalists are announced!
    https://grabcad.com/challenges/stax-accessory-challenge/results
    .
    Thanks to everyone who participated! It was incredible to see the GrabCAD Community come alive with ideas and give such great feedback on the StaX concept. We have some great finalists to share and recognized a very full list of honorable mentions, as well. Which one is your favorite? Did we leave anything amazing off the list? Let us know in the comments!

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1895 comments.
  • Ramin

    Ramin 3 months ago

    What are StaX Accessory Challenge Honorable Mention?

    Ramin has uploaded 10 CAD models & has left 38 comments.
  • Lance Skelly

    Lance Skelly 3 months ago

    Well done to everybody. Nice to see such innovative ideas.
    I have eight favourites based on simplicity, functionality, and sound design. In no particular order, they are:

    * sling stax by mustafa zorlu
    * StaX - Quick Fishing Case by Concetto Vecchio
    * Stax accessory challange - Middle Single Handle Proto1 by Arian Shamil
    * STAX Clear Tube by Marios Pazaitis
    * EggSeparator by Pouriya
    * Navigator by keith
    * StaX Twist 'n' Shake by StaX Twist 'n' Shake
    * StaX Pet Feeder by Azrul Amir by Azrul Amir

    Very nicely done guys!

    Not on the list but this one could also easily have been a finalist: STAX Soap Dispenser Adapter by Marios Pazaitis

    If Stax tubes are dishwasher friendly, then this one is such a winner.

    Lance Skelly has uploaded 54 CAD models & has left 415 comments.
  • The Ultimaker

    The Ultimaker 3 months ago

    Congratulations everyone and thank you for the competition stax & grabcad.

    The Ultimaker has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 153 comments.
  • Bryan Morris

    Bryan Morris 3 months ago

    Thank you for being selected as a finalist among such great designs and ideas!

    Bryan Morris has uploaded 48 CAD models & has left 306 comments.
  • Vladimir Palffy

    Vladimir Palffy 3 months ago

    Congratulation to all winners. Thanks for this competition, Vladimir

    Vladimir Palffy has uploaded 92 CAD models & has left 198 comments.
  • Tommy Mueller

    Tommy Mueller 3 months ago

    Quite a successful challenge! Fresh ideas and new goals.
    Go get 'em Zepto!

    Tommy Mueller has uploaded 145 CAD models & has left 2024 comments.
  • Pouriya

    Pouriya 3 months ago

    Congratulation to winners :)

    Pouriya has uploaded 59 CAD models & has left 264 comments.
  • AIT OUFKIR YASSINE

    AIT OUFKIR YASSINE 3 months ago

    Congratulation to winners
    Great challenge and it was nice to see all the creativity,

    AIT OUFKIR YASSINE has uploaded 32 CAD models & has left 424 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel 3 months ago

    Winners are announced!
    https://grabcad.com/challenges/stax-accessory-challenge/results
    .
    Thanks to everyone who participated! It was incredible to see the GrabCAD Community come alive with ideas and give such great feedback on the StaX concept. We believe these winners are the best solutions based on what StaX needs and we wanted to recognize a very full list of honorable mentions as well. StaX got AMAZING feedback from the Community - stay tuned for more from them!

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1895 comments.
  • Jonathan

    Jonathan 3 months ago

    congrats to all winners! ) love the creativity!

    Jonathan has uploaded 141 CAD models & has left 1572 comments.
  • Jonathan

    Jonathan 3 months ago

    @Zack, a GC------>kickstarter model would be hyper cool and I think GC needs to run something like that at some point! But just keep in mind that you need to have a prototype to run it on KS....so if it's going to be injected molded.....could be some large upfront costs.......so break out the cardboard and resin! :P

    with regards to aluminum, I know, I get it and you're right, there is a niche out there for it, but is niche going to pay the bills, you've tried it on KS, and it gave you an answer.....

    Ever watch the show shark tank, or dragon's Den, if you're in Canada?? tons of people come in there with a better mouse trap but if that better mouse trap fails to generate sales, it's not a viable business item. It's just a cool thing that you built....so it depends what you want to do, do you want to have a few cool parts to impress your friends, or are you building something that people want and will generate sales. CNC is expensive man, Asia or no Asia.

    I'm sure you looked into die casting, cold forging and press forming maybe.....still expensive though. I guess everyone is right though, if you IM it, you loose the novelty ). To me, KS gave you the ultimate advice, it said, "move on to another idea"...

    a yes, the cold world of business and profitability. Every artist and inventors nightmare.

    good talking to you by the way, bright road ahead.
    Good luck guys!

    Jonathan has uploaded 141 CAD models & has left 1572 comments.
  • Arian Shamil

    Arian Shamil 3 months ago

    Congrats to all the winners and to all the entries! Great ideas! :D

    Arian Shamil has uploaded 55 CAD models & has left 1499 comments.
  • mustafa zorlu

    mustafa zorlu 2 months ago

    awards will be given when

    mustafa zorlu has uploaded 160 CAD models & has left 223 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel 2 months ago

    First three places should email challenges@grabcad.com if you haven't been contacted yet. No other prizes will be given since the Kickstarter campaign wasn't fully funded. Anyone can contact that same email address with questions or concerns.

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1895 comments.
  • Ridwan Septyawan

    Ridwan Septyawan about 1 month ago

    are honorable mention get the stax set??

    Ridwan Septyawan has uploaded 33 CAD models & has left 77 comments.
  • Stephen Nyberg

    Stephen Nyberg about 1 month ago

    No Ridwan, only prizes are for the first three.

    Stephen Nyberg has uploaded 115 CAD models & has left 1516 comments.
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