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What kind of kids' toys can you make with the Ultimaker 3D printer?

Ultimaker is one of the best-known and best-selling 3D printers on the market. Many people use their Ultimakers to create toys for their young ones or friends. We want you to be creative and have fun creating your design! Basically toy around with your thoughts, put them into CAD form, and then submit.

We have lots of prizes! You can win your very own Ultimaker and limited supply of free PLA to CAD (or download) so you can create to your heart's content.

Requirements

  • Model parts should fit, be scaled to or be cut into sections of no greater than 21 x 21 x 21 cm.

  • Your submission should be exported in STL and STEP format and preferably include the native file-formats of the CAD-software they were made in.

  • Assembly can be via snap fit, bolts, screws or glue. See www.ultimaker.com for more information.

  • The model has to be 3D printable.

  • Entries will be judged based on creativity, feasibility in 3D printing on Ultimaker, and overall coolness.

Rules

  • The challenge is open to everyone except GrabCAD and Ultimaker employees.

  • Team entries are welcome. In case of team win, prize will be transferred to team leader who is solely responsible for sharing it among team members.

  • You can submit several entries.

  • 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 “ultimaker”. Only entries with valid tag will participate!

  • This Challenge starts on May 8, 2013 and ends on June 5, 2013, at 11:59pm UTC. Please note: This Challenge deadline was extended to June 13, 2013 at 11:59pm UTC.

  • Only 1 prize per person.

  • Winners will be announced latest July 5, 2013.

  • The contest sponsor has the right to promote the winning entries.

  • All entries must be submitted publicly and awarded entries become the intellectual property (IP) of the Challenge sponsor.

  • Private entries must be shared with a.baloche@ultimaker.com, kaspar@grabcad.com and sara@grabcad.com

  • Private entries will be made public after the end of competition

Prizes

5 Ultimaker 3D printers

1st Prize

Fully assembled Ultimaker 3D printer (value $2,210) + 6 months of PLA (1 per month) *

2nd Prize

Fully assembled Ultimaker 3D printer (value $2,210) + 3 Months of PLA (1 per month) *

3rd Prize

Fully assembled Ultimaker 3D printer (value $2,210) + 3 Months of PLA (1 per month) *

4th Prize

Ultimaker kit with ulticontroller kit (value $1,550) + 3 Months of PLA (1 per month) *

5th Prize

Ultimaker kit with ulticontroller kit (value $1,550)

6th Prize

6 Months of PLA *

7th Prize

3 Months of PLA *

All winners will also receive GrabCAD shirt and mug

* PLA colors to be specified with Ultimaker

About the jury?

The jury consists of experts from The Ultimaker, PC Magazine, TCT Magazine, 3D printing Industry blog, Ground3D, Protospace and GrabCAD.

About Ultimaker

Ultimaking LTD is the company that provides kits for personal fabrication. One of our kits is the Ultimaker, an easy-to-assemble and use, high-performance open source 3D printer. The machine allows you to easily create what didn't exist before, or to download, print and improve innovative designs. Ultimaking LTD is committed to deliver you the best making experience!

The Ultimaker is a DIY-3D printer, rated among the best in the world within it's price range. The Ultimaker is praised for it's high printing speed and layer resolution having 0.02 mm within reach. The Ultimaker supports printing with biodegradable filament (PLA) and therefore, from an environmental point of view, the Ultimaker is a great choice.

The fact that the Ultimaker is a DIY-kit makes it stand out among others. With a well thought-out design, Ultimaking aims to make building the Ultimaker a pleasant experience. Customers have a great advantage when they want to implement an upgrade or do maintenance because they have build the machine themselves. Ultimaking Ltd. is determined to make 3D printing a better, accessible and a greater experience for everyone.

159 comments

  • EDISON PHOENIX

    EDISON PHOENIX over 1 year ago

    Interesting challenge...!!!
    Great to get a 3D printer from GC.

    EDISON PHOENIX has uploaded 141 CAD models & has left 999 comments.
  • Tom Wood

    Tom Wood over 1 year ago

    9 days until I finish my Degree then I will finally have some time to enter all these competitions! Keep 'em coming GC!

    Tom Wood has uploaded 4 CAD models & has left 18 comments.
  • Fahad Rafi Butt

    Fahad Rafi Butt over 1 year ago

    awarded entries become the intellectual property (IP) of the Challenge sponsor. BRUTAL!

    Fahad Rafi Butt has uploaded 360 CAD models & has left 1058 comments.
  • Matt Stinson

    Matt Stinson over 1 year ago

    man i think this is going to be a very popular challenge, good luck everyone :)

    Matt Stinson has uploaded 25 CAD models & has left 69 comments.
  • Mech Amine

    Mech Amine over 1 year ago

    GREAT

    Mech Amine has uploaded 69 CAD models & has left 1301 comments.
  • Victor

    Victor over 1 year ago

    This is AWESOME! Good luck everyone!!

    Victor has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Chester Lee Coloma

    Chester Lee Coloma over 1 year ago

    Guys! What is the best way to find if you are infringing intellectual property right of any other person? Just wanted to find before it's too late :D Great Challenge btw!!!

    Chester Lee Coloma has uploaded 18 CAD models & has left 79 comments.
  • Bar Danino

    Bar Danino over 1 year ago

    What file format should we use? I think I'll submit both .iam, .ipt and .stp

    Bar Danino has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 27 comments.
  • Chester Lee Coloma

    Chester Lee Coloma over 1 year ago

    @Bar Danino: Under requirements, it clearly said: "Your submission should be in STEP or IGES format. Other formats are not accepted."

    Chester Lee Coloma has uploaded 18 CAD models & has left 79 comments.
  • Bar Danino

    Bar Danino over 1 year ago

    @Chester Lee Coloma looked for it under "Rules"... thanks

    Bar Danino has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 27 comments.
  • Branko Stokuca

    Branko Stokuca over 1 year ago

    I think that you should specify the age of the kids that are being targeted in this challenge. There are different type of toys for different age of kids. What is the desire of the Ultimaker?

    Branko Stokuca has uploaded 117 CAD models & has left 1005 comments.
  • Tan Wei Kok

    Tan Wei Kok over 1 year ago

    Nice. I always want a 3D printer ^_^ Think the greatest challenge for me is how to make it printable since I don't have any experience with a 3D printer before =)

    Tan Wei Kok has uploaded 22 CAD models & has left 169 comments.
  • Helio Zuazua

    Helio Zuazua over 1 year ago

    Nice Challenge.One little question.

    ¿what about material properties? ¿what kind of material will be used in the toys?Density , Compressive strength will be good to know for the given material.(to look up final weights , height limitations , etc).

    Them , Even we can(the community) works in "playable" ones.

    Helio Zuazua has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 10 comments.
  • Kurt Meister

    Kurt Meister over 1 year ago

    We are going to create and print a 3d boardgame in school with 4rd graders. But we won't be finished before July 7. Any chance to participate? Look also at (German) http://www.3dgeometrie.com/p/3d-boardgame.html

    Kurt Meister has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Fahad Rafi Butt

    Fahad Rafi Butt over 1 year ago

    nice ideas coming, that angry bird looks good :)

    Fahad Rafi Butt has uploaded 360 CAD models & has left 1058 comments.
  • Rabia thuglife

    Rabia thuglife over 1 year ago

    c'est vraiment génial !

    Rabia thuglife has uploaded 46 CAD models & has left 275 comments.
  • Michael Wilson

    Michael Wilson over 1 year ago

    Can you make a smaller 3D printer in a 3D printer?

    Michael Wilson has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Paul Tripon

    Paul Tripon over 1 year ago

    in the near future, the humans will be able to print even organs
    http://www.designboom.com/technology/3d-printed-organs-from-regenerative-living-cells

    Paul Tripon has uploaded 70 CAD models & has left 2135 comments.
  • Ultimaker

    Ultimaker over 1 year ago

    @micheal: yes, but in model only (eg. not functional).

    Ultimaker has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 12 comments.
  • Bar Danino

    Bar Danino over 1 year ago

    @Ultimaker so far...

    Bar Danino has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 27 comments.
  • James Brooks

    James Brooks over 1 year ago

    I have a question about the rules. Are rubber bands allowed to be part of the toy?

    James Brooks has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Ioan Festeu

    Ioan Festeu over 1 year ago

    @james: good question. I am asking also if are ropes, water allowed for the toy? Without some rubber bands, ropes it's very tricky...

    Ioan Festeu has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 4 comments.
  • Ultimaker

    Ultimaker over 1 year ago

    @James: Yes!, because there exists rubber like PLA, that is works on the Ultimaker.

    Ultimaker has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 12 comments.
  • Ultimaker

    Ultimaker over 1 year ago

    @Bar Danino: True :)

    Ultimaker has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 12 comments.
  • Ultimaker

    Ultimaker over 1 year ago

    @Ioan Festeu: What is the function of the rope? if its Rope as in pull rope? you could combine flex PLA and regular PLA to make a similar set up.

    Ultimaker has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 12 comments.
  • Ioan Festeu

    Ioan Festeu over 1 year ago

    @Ultimaker: good news that rubber bands are alowed. Sorry, not really ropes I mean strings :)

    Ioan Festeu has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 4 comments.
  • Victor

    Victor over 1 year ago

    @Ultimaker: guys I have a question. I have submitted a 3D Rubik's cube and I am a bit afraid about your rule number 3 (about the intellectual property). I did look at the patent of the original Rubik's cube and my mechanism is different. Also, I have designed completely from scratch with my own dimensions. I would really appreciate if you can let me know if my submission is ok for the competition. Thanks.

    Victor has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • mari

    mari over 1 year ago

    what are the requisites for a model to be 3d printable?

    mari has uploaded 49 CAD models & has left 265 comments.
  • Thierry

    Thierry over 1 year ago

    @Mari, @DrBeljan: The 3D printers work by layer (your model is sliced stacked). The 1st is in support on the tray of the machine; the 2nd in support on the 1st; the 3rd on the 2nd;....A layer don't can be to create if it not it in step of material down. Sorry my english isn't very goog, I makes you an image (or tutoriel) this evening if you don't understand.

    Thierry has uploaded 10 CAD models & has left 24 comments.
  • Ultimaker

    Ultimaker over 1 year ago

    @victor: we saw your entry and where concerned about this as well. I need to check with Grabcad on this.

    Ultimaker has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 12 comments.
  • Tomas

    Tomas over 1 year ago

    I'm in this great challenge! :)

    Tomas has uploaded 51 CAD models & has left 935 comments.
  • Joshua Shepherd

    Joshua Shepherd over 1 year ago

    what is an appropriate overlap for each layer? and how thick are the layers printed by the printer? the design im working on has a small piston so im wondering how well the mechanism will work.

    Joshua Shepherd has uploaded 4 CAD models & has left 9 comments.
  • Joshua Shepherd

    Joshua Shepherd over 1 year ago

    What is this rubber like PLA that was reffered to?

    Joshua Shepherd has uploaded 4 CAD models & has left 9 comments.
  • Joshua Shepherd

    Joshua Shepherd over 1 year ago

    @Simonr - Thanks for the info, I'm not to concerned about the piston sealing properly, mainly just worried the piston will get hung up within the cylinder and impede function. Do you know if this washing process (with the acetone) you referred to will be considered for this competition? As for the Rubber like PLA, i'm simply looking for something a little more pliable than ABS

    Joshua Shepherd has uploaded 4 CAD models & has left 9 comments.
  • Thierry

    Thierry over 1 year ago

    Thierry has uploaded 10 CAD models & has left 24 comments.
  • Thierry

    Thierry over 1 year ago

    Thank you Bar Danino for the assistant in the translation of the document.

    Thierry has uploaded 10 CAD models & has left 24 comments.
  • joe pizzo

    joe pizzo over 1 year ago

    how do I download my submittal?

    joe pizzo has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Paul Dutch

    Paul Dutch over 1 year ago

    Once winners have been selected, can these winning entries be put on Thingiverse or any other 3D model repository (ShapeWays/ Imaterialise)?
    The rules stipulate that the IP is owned by the sponsor (ultimaker?) after submittance..

    Paul Dutch has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Ultimaker

    Ultimaker over 1 year ago

    @Paul: we are going to put them on our Youmagine (our .stl repository)

    Ultimaker has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 12 comments.
  • Frederico Lopo

    Frederico Lopo over 1 year ago

    Is Blender allowed as a tool (mixed with FreeCAD), or just strictly CAD software?
    My workflow has been to do the basic measurements and rought structures in FreeCAD, then export to Blender for refinement and mock-up assembly.
    Thank you

    Frederico Lopo has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Paul Dutch

    Paul Dutch over 1 year ago

    @Ultimaker and @Eddwin, Obviously there are loads of websites to distribute your files onto, be it for a price or for free.
    I was merely gauging whether or not Ultimaker (who will own the IP if the design is picked as a winner) would legally allow this kind of distribution and probably also would allow them to miss out on any earnings..
    Just a consideration for myself whether or not I enter the competition.

    Paul Dutch has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Johs

    Johs over 1 year ago

    Hi folks. Great challenge, there are a lot of cool toys already :)
    I just noticed that the submissions should be exported as .STL files AND .STEP. I have no problems with making a .STL, but I have never heard of .STEP before. Is there an easy and good way to convert to .STEP from .stl (or OBJ or an other poly format)?
    cheers

    Johs has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • John Bez

    John Bez over 1 year ago

    Question to the staff. I use zbrush and 3dsmax to create detailed and complex toys with fully functional moving parts. Is entering just the STL with the native files valid as an entry in your competition because i dont work with STEP format in my pipeline. If i could get an answer to this that would be great. Thanks guys.

    John Bez has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 26 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    @Johs and @John The requirements ask for STL and a neutral format like STEP or IGS. I'm not sure what would be the easiest one for you. Any 3dsmax users out there that can help John? @Johs which native software are you using?

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1957 comments.
  • Johs

    Johs over 1 year ago

    @Sara Sigel I'm using Modo 701. I thought .STL is sort of the neutral format CAD poly format, like .OBJ is the neutral poly format for VFX and animartion production 3D.

    Johs has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • max

    max over 1 year ago

    Hi guys a question for the Ultimaker team. What software will you be using to open the .Stl files? My files actually wont open in SW in a solidbody because it has too many surfaces,the .Stl files seem ok otherwise (no holes). I checked against a few other peoples and they are having similair problems. Is this going to be an issue?

    max has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 14 comments.
  • Fahad Rafi Butt

    Fahad Rafi Butt over 1 year ago

    dead line extended? it was 6 days a few mins ago, now 13?

    Fahad Rafi Butt has uploaded 360 CAD models & has left 1058 comments.
  • Carles Escoda Domenech

    Carles Escoda Domenech over 1 year ago

    I seems wrong and is not serious! I will participate because I'm finishing today ..I've been a lot of days sleeping very little to finish this weekend ... Now without notice date is extended.... :(

    Carles Escoda Domenech has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 4 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Hi everyone, we have extended the deadline an extra week to give you all more time to finish and submit your entries. I hope this helps!

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1957 comments.
  • Foxbat

    Foxbat over 1 year ago

    Please ! What is a STEP file ? How can I convert my sldprt (solidworks) into this kind of file ?

    Foxbat has uploaded 4 CAD models & has left 13 comments.
  • Mark Holub

    Mark Holub over 1 year ago

    Go to save as and select the drop down box below the save name. Select step/.stp.

    Mark Holub has uploaded 30 CAD models & has left 103 comments.
  • Luis Filipe Ferreira de Moraes

    Luis Filipe Ferreira de Moraes over 1 year ago

    This is going to be a very though competition =) there are many intresting entries already! How are you gong to judge? will you print the best entries and see witch is the best?

    Luis Filipe Ferreira de Moraes has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 33 comments.
  • Kevin Hart

    Kevin Hart over 1 year ago

    Hey I was wondering if you guys could disclose what kind of software you are using to print out the entries. could be useful for those of us without access to a printer currently to try and import there to verify everything checks out.

    Kevin Hart has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 5 comments.
  • Martijne

    Martijne over 1 year ago

    Cura is used to process the files. software.ultimaker.conm

    Martijne has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Dylan Marey

    Dylan Marey over 1 year ago

    If you want to send a private entree, than you just have to mail it to the emails that are listed in the rules section? or ?

    Dylan Marey has uploaded 5 CAD models & has left 22 comments.
  • Pit

    Pit over 1 year ago

    sorry, I uploaded my Ultimaker Robot 20 minutes ago but I can't find it in the list of models in the challenge... even people are downloading it but it doesn't appears... is it usual?

    Pit has uploaded 15 CAD models & has left 100 comments.
  • Bar Danino

    Bar Danino over 1 year ago

    It's up, just not on the first page of entries... It's in the last page or second to last, something like that.

    Bar Danino has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 27 comments.
  • Pit

    Pit over 1 year ago

    true!! how is it possible?

    Pit has uploaded 15 CAD models & has left 100 comments.
  • Pit

    Pit over 1 year ago

    it's in the 10th page by now... I thought the order was based on the input date...

    Pit has uploaded 15 CAD models & has left 100 comments.
  • Bar Danino

    Bar Danino over 1 year ago

    I'm not sure... It happened a weekor two ago too though, the entries got mixed up.

    Bar Danino has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 27 comments.
  • Pit

    Pit over 1 year ago

    thanks mate :) I'm better now... ;)

    Pit has uploaded 15 CAD models & has left 100 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Models are not appearing in order as submitted. If you do not see yours, be sure to check all pages of entries, it is most likely near the end. Sorry for the confusion, this is due to the large number of entries which is wonderful to see!

    Email sara@grabcad.com if you have a question about uploads.

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1957 comments.
  • david

    david over 1 year ago

    only a few hours to the end of the contest!!!!

    david has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Bryan Peele

    Bryan Peele over 1 year ago

    The deadline for this contest is listed as "about 10 hours", but the rules say "Please note: This Challenge deadline was extended to June 13, 2013 at 11:59pm UTC." By my count that is closer to 34 hours. There seems to be a one day discrepancy. Can someone please confirm the actual deadline? I was planning on finishing my entry tonight after work. Thank you,

    Bryan Peele has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 8 comments.
  • Pit

    Pit over 1 year ago

    this challenge is amazing!! more than 380 entries!! welldone GC!!

    Pit has uploaded 15 CAD models & has left 100 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Thank you so much @Bryan.Peele! The time on the page is listed correctly, I have updated the time counter. Sorry for the confusion at the end of the wire.

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1957 comments.
  • Diego

    Diego over 1 year ago

    again, more 1 day!!

    Diego has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 13 comments.
  • Luis Filipe Ferreira de Moraes

    Luis Filipe Ferreira de Moraes over 1 year ago

    So, i downloaded the Cure software to test my ingram's parts and they seem fine. at least, the 3 i tested. The reason i did not test any further is that all my files are in STEP format. Because the rules said the aplyances should contain the files in step format. But the Cure software doesn't seem to recognize STEP files. Only STL files. Is that right? i mean, i would not like to have my entries compromised because of my files formats. since i could choose I chose the STEP format because i'm more familiar with it. Is that a problem?

    Luis Filipe Ferreira de Moraes has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 33 comments.
  • Kae Woei Lim

    Kae Woei Lim over 1 year ago

    If your read the requirements carefully it requires BOTH STL and STEP files

    Kae Woei Lim has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 16 comments.
  • Kae Woei Lim

    Kae Woei Lim over 1 year ago

    as well as the bative format of the program you worked on

    Kae Woei Lim has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 16 comments.
  • Johs

    Johs over 1 year ago

    Whats up with the image upload? I just deleted all my images because I had made some new renders, and now the upload takes forever, finalizing never finishes!!!!

    Johs has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Pit

    Pit over 1 year ago

    How is this possible?
    Yesterday there were seven hours to complete the challenge and today still missing 17 hours ...
    Is this a request to upload another model?
    ;v

    Pit has uploaded 15 CAD models & has left 100 comments.
  • Oli Sparrow

    Oli Sparrow over 1 year ago

    Really looking for ward to seeing the results here. Some really good entries submitted, shame I just didn't have enough time to get mine finished! Good luck to everyone!

    Oli Sparrow has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 30 comments.
  • Bar Danino

    Bar Danino over 1 year ago

    @Pit the "new" deadline is the one they set a week and a half ago. It showed it was supposed to end yesterday by mistake.

    Bar Danino has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 27 comments.
  • david

    david over 1 year ago

    Thanks @Kae Woei Lim, I forgot the STL files, I uploaded this files today...on last day...uff ;-)

    david has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Sean H Kim

    Sean H Kim over 1 year ago

    This was fun challenge for me. Good luck everyone!

    Sean H Kim has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 33 comments.
  • Julius Siador

    Julius Siador over 1 year ago

    Again, there's a problem in uploading large stl files...

    Julius Siador has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 93 comments.
  • Badzes

    Badzes over 1 year ago

    I'm afraid, that deadline pased...

    Badzes has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 49 comments.
  • Diego

    Diego over 1 year ago

    and now? where are the chosen ones?

    Diego has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 13 comments.
  • Bar Danino

    Bar Danino over 1 year ago

    @Diego it says that winners will be announced latest July 5th

    Bar Danino has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 27 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Thanks @Bar.Danino :)

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1957 comments.
  • Marcus

    Marcus over 1 year ago

    The competition have ended I like to see the private entrie.

    Marcus has uploaded 128 CAD models & has left 479 comments.
  • John Bez

    John Bez over 1 year ago

    Their is 18 still private shouldn't we beable to see them now ?

    John Bez has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 26 comments.
  • Steve C

    Steve C over 1 year ago

    Are contests like this announced anywhere other than Grabcad? Wish I had known...

    Steve C has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 15 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    I will work on getting private submissions to the public soon, thanks!

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1957 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Any projects that are not public did not include the necessary collaborators - please do so now: a.baloche@ultimaker.com, kaspar@grabcad.com and sara@grabcad.com!

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1957 comments.
  • Marcus

    Marcus over 1 year ago

    I dont really like that there is possible to go private by challenges like this. And why ?
    If you cant see the competito entrie, you are not really driven to by better and come with more ideas.

    Marcus has uploaded 128 CAD models & has left 479 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Unfortunately we cannot restrict private uploads, right now. I agree that public entries create for a more engaging and creative experience!

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1957 comments.
  • Marcus

    Marcus over 1 year ago

    Hi GC team, can you see the private projects or you cant see them too. Like a creator of this web page you should by able to make them public with one click, or not ? Have the 11 peoples get a email about this problem ?

    Marcus has uploaded 128 CAD models & has left 479 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Sorry for the delay! All private entries are now public. I deleted any empty entries with no title. It looks like there were some duplicate creations. Everything should be set now.

    @Marcus For security reasons with private projects, admins do not have the same visibility of models they do in the public Library.

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1957 comments.
  • Kevin Hart

    Kevin Hart over 1 year ago

    not sure where you guys are in the process but it could be kind of cool to have a top 15 or 20 update :)

    Kevin Hart has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 5 comments.
  • Matthew Stonebraker

    Matthew Stonebraker over 1 year ago

    It's hard to know exactly how they're running this. If I were them, from Contest Day 1, I would have been printing models that I thought would be contenders for Top 10-20, just to keep up with the entries and eliminate the ones that look cool but are not printable (there are a lot of them). But maybe Ultimaker is throwing the full force of their spare printers at HQ behind this effort, and there are dozens of things popping off the printers every hour, and then they'll evaluate them. Dunno. Definitely looking forward to seeing their results, I hope they have someone invest a few hours into doing a really nice write-up. When Makerbot ran a similar challenge, their write-up was seriously disappointing.

    Matthew Stonebraker has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 48 comments.
  • Manuel Bayonas

    Manuel Bayonas over 1 year ago

    Are you going to wait until the last day to announce the winners?????

    Manuel Bayonas has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 106 comments.
  • Bar Danino

    Bar Danino over 1 year ago

    @Manuel They had about 3 weeks to go over more than 400 entrie, I wouldn't be surprised

    Bar Danino has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 27 comments.
  • Manuel Bayonas

    Manuel Bayonas over 1 year ago

    @Bar It must be a really tough work!
    After this they should have a well-deserved vacation! ;)

    Manuel Bayonas has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 106 comments.
  • Dragan Beljan

    Dragan Beljan over 1 year ago

    And, who is a winner???

    Dragan Beljan has uploaded 80 CAD models & has left 230 comments.
  • Marcus

    Marcus over 1 year ago

    Just give them time , there was 410 entries and lot of them have multiple parts. ( thats crazy amount of models to check ) In real i will by not surprised if they extend the announcement dat. But if so a top 20 will be good to see.

    Marcus has uploaded 128 CAD models & has left 479 comments.
  • Dragan Beljan

    Dragan Beljan over 1 year ago

    Congratulations to all winners

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  • Simonr

    Simonr over 1 year ago

    Likewise! Well done everyone!

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    Congratulations everybody!!!

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  • Branko Stokuca

    Branko Stokuca over 1 year ago

    Congrats to winners, these are great toys but these are all toys for kids age from 3 to lets say 10. What about the toys for younger kids? I've also noticed that some toys are pretty much of the same concept. First, second and sixth.
    I previously asked what is the desired age for the kids for the toys and I received no answer.

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  • John Bez

    John Bez over 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for holding the competition. Ive never owned a 3d printer, so to have an ultimaker for my first is just amazing. So greatful to everyone involved. Massive Thanks.

    Congrats to everyone else too

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  • Luis Cordoba

    Luis Cordoba over 1 year ago

    Congrats to all the winners!!!

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  • Carles Escoda Domenech

    Carles Escoda Domenech over 1 year ago

    First, greetings and congratulations to all participants and winners.
    As a personal opinion and with all due respect, you know that I quite surprised with the result of the contest. (Is my opinion). There are really creative projects, interesting and printable who have not won anything. (NO I refer for anything to mine)
    I have participated in many competitions and in this, I perceived little seriousness. Extend the term of the contest, then wrong with the closing date and now the result of the winners.
    I had thought to buy a Ultimaker in September but seeing this criterion and fiability, I have generated distrust the product.

    With all respect to the winners and Ultimaker

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  • Fahad Rafi Butt

    Fahad Rafi Butt over 1 year ago

    i agree with above!

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  • David Pinter

    David Pinter over 1 year ago

    Congrats all those engineers who competed in this challenge! All works are nice and should win at least a handshake :)

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  • Chris Mewies

    Chris Mewies over 1 year ago

    That's very diplomatic Dave but IMO #1 is a blatant copy of Lego that doesn’t even join together, #2 an exact copy of ON-U-MIND GT-0909, #3 is one of the few original ideas, very skilfully done, well done #4 nice unusual idea and organic shape, but can this sort of thing be printed on ultimaker? #5 very clever design, really awesome, but for a laser cutting contest, as are 6 & 7.
    The three honourable mentions were among the best '3D printerble cool toys' out of the winners and should have been up the top really.
    I think it’s insulting to all the people who put in a lot of effort to this contest – it seems to be the same old thing on GC, they define the requirements, then they go out the window at judging time!

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    //handshake and a challenge to the group!

    I know you all put a lot of hard work and inspiration into your entries - try browsing through and imagining playing with all these fabulous toys! We admire your creativity and wish we could award prizes to everyone - only a few can win. Ultimaker selected their picks for the best combination of creative, feasible to 3D print on the Ultimaker, and their overall coolness.

    Let us know who you liked THE BEST (challenge to name just one) and why - I'm sure those not recognized in our list of winners would love to hear that others enjoyed their work, too!

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  • mark trageser

    mark trageser over 1 year ago

    Confused and dissapointed by winners. Not because I didn't win but because many winners are copies or others designs (Theo Jansen mech- #6 the dragon can be purchased at any hobby supply store in wood, #& chips are for sale now). Why would you honor IP rip offs- it is dark side of 3d printing. #1-#2 blocks really. Go to Toy Fair and see 100's of block building sets (sorry designers- but yes just like these- just because it's not at Toys R Us, doesn't mean its not out there (judges please do research next time) . It would have helped to have a professional toy designer on the panel. I respect and applaud all the effort and energy people put into this, and some may have copied without knowing it, so I assume lack of knowledge rather than bad morals- but boo to the judges.

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  • Dragan Beljan

    Dragan Beljan over 1 year ago

    in my humble opinion, this toy deserves first place
    The Haunted House
    Wonderful artwork, original idea and ideal for all agev

    The second and third place my choose is
    Puzzle Cube
    Ulti-maker 3D View

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  • Kae Woei Lim

    Kae Woei Lim over 1 year ago

    I don't feel too bad loosing to "another world". The 3rd place winner should have been first I reckon. Really Awesome toy john.bez-1 . But to loose to Lego and some laser cut toys, cuts me so so deep.

    The dragon is a rip off from "sickmonkey" from thingiverse
    http://www.thingiverse.com/make:22237

    Hmm coin clips not too sure how this shows the versatility of 3d printing.

    I'd like to give my own honourable mention to Guangnan Wei
    3D Printable Model Car with movable doors, hoods, wheel and sterring wheel

    I really think your print really pushed the boundary for the Ultimaker, and you have the photos to prove it. Was blown away how intricate and fine your design was.

    And also honourable mention to Sean H Kim's Haunted house. NIcely designed mate.

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  • Lars Lange

    Lars Lange over 1 year ago

    And Sarah - If GC is really interested in the community opinion - why not implement a poll in which every grabcad user could choose their 3 favourites and make it a part of the judgment process? That`s quiet usual - would be easy to control and give feedback from the real target group.

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  • TJP

    TJP over 1 year ago

    I would have to agree with the other posts regarding the selected winners. Choosing models that were rudimentary and regurgitated is a big slap in the face to those who strived for something innovative. It doesn’t help that little to no explanation for the selected winners was givenv

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  • Young Buck

    Young Buck over 1 year ago

    I am so glad I didn't enter my work into this so-called contest. Imagine giving up any chance at IP to lose to some Lego knock-offs! Poor show, Ultimaker. Next time why not just draw out of a hat?

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  • Johs

    Johs over 1 year ago

    Cheers to the lucky winners, well done.

    What happened to the rule: "Tag your model with “ultimaker”. Only entries with valid tag will participate!" ??

    This is no hate on the folks who won, but I'm really disappointed that there isn't more original designs between the winners.
    There is a lot of great ideas and creative designs for some really fun toys that I'm surprised not to see among the results: Desk Digger (and Haunted House by the same guy), Build-Your-Dream and RoboClaw, just to mention a few.
    I know it's impossible to please everybody, but it really disappoints me that at least 3 of the results is very close variants/copies to toys that already exists.
    Anyway I will also give a big cheer to everybody that did not win but put in the effort and tried hard. Cheers !

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  • Manuel Bayonas

    Manuel Bayonas over 1 year ago

    "Entries will be judged based on creativity, feasibility in 3D printing on Ultimaker, and overall coolness."
    It seems to me that the first criterion of selection has been overlooked.
    There is no creativity at all on block construction games. Just perform a simple search and you can see several games quite similar:

    http://chickenrecipes.biz/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/9.jp

    http://theoradesign.com/assets/images/Uploaded/TDTreasureChestPage_photo8B.jpg
    http://www.puccimanuli.com/upload/images/super/CLA-Rhino-Puzzle-1A.jpg
    http://image.dhgate.com/albu_279055115_00-1.0x0/snow-flower-toy-block-plastic-building-block.jpg

    There are lots of people who have made superior creative work, and have been left aside perhaps by a hurried decision. That's not fair at all.
    Anyway, Congrats to all winners and hope you enjoy your new toy.

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  • Manuel Bayonas

    Manuel Bayonas over 1 year ago

    The selected toys are obviously the winners but Ultimaker and GrabCad... you are the losers.

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  • Johs

    Johs over 1 year ago

    Simonr, There is more to your Kreepy Krawly than just some stuff that could be lasercut, and you have worked a lot on making a unique design. Everybody is inspired and "lending" ideas from stuff we have seen, so as long as we make it into somthing new that is totally coovc

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  • Bob Spikman

    Bob Spikman over 1 year ago

    What is good to see is that the jury mainly selected concepts which are showing the endless possibilities of 3D printing by creating building blocks. I think that is really te added value, so good job jury. I must say, too bad they missed the movie of the air blowing toy: The power of air

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  • Carles Escoda Domenech

    Carles Escoda Domenech over 1 year ago

    Guys! I have also discussed my opinion on this contest .. I found very sad the contest. But please do not criticize the winners because they are not the culprits.

    But, Grabcad and Ultimaker, have disappointed me.

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  • natalia

    natalia over 1 year ago

    Grabcad and Ultimaker should reevaluate best entries, most of them are copies.

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  • Tom24

    Tom24 over 1 year ago

    Well done to all the winners.
    It's a real shame that some of you are turning a positve thing into a negative thing. It's funny how any contest that gives away big prizes always ends in a similar way. To be fair it's Ultimakers and grabcads contest so everyone should respect the Juries decision. If this would of been run by a Like system it would of leaded to nothing more than who has got the most friends to vote wins the competition.
    "Now that wouldn't be fair".
    I Predict all this bad sportsmanship will lead to nothing more than stopping Grabcad from giving away generous prizes in future competitions.
    Next contest 1st place cup and tshirt.

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  • Marcus

    Marcus over 1 year ago

    Just a little correction there was only one member from Grabcad in the jury, but in results is not a single time written his name. I would say this was only Ultimaker decision. And Gramcad team should not be calumniat here. Just my opinio.

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  • Branko Stokuca

    Branko Stokuca over 1 year ago

    The problem in this challenge was the lack of rules. Ultimaker didn't specify what exactly are they looking for, what kind of toys. If people here knew that LEGO type of toys are the most wanted they would concentrate on that and all the entries would look a like. The same goes for flat toys (laser cut).
    I hope Ultimaker has this in mind on the next challenge.
    And to Sara and GC staff: What is the point in having one week for asking questions if you don't answer them???????
    At least be civil enough, if you don't have the answer, to say we can't answer this.
    GC (Sara) should be the one requiring the answers from the companies if they don't provide the answer.

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  • Chris Mewies

    Chris Mewies over 1 year ago

    Perhaps some have been a bit harsh including myself, I know it must have been difficult to choose the winners with so many great entries. At a glance my top 5 would be:
    1. AnothR world 3D printable Vehicle set 1
    2. Mechanical digger
    3. 3D PRINTABLE RUBBER BAND TOY GLIDER
    4. The Haunted House
    5. Kreepy-Krawly 2

    Althouhg if I were the jury I would have put in place a simple scoring system, for example; each judge would rate the designs from 1-10 in each of the specified areas, creativity, feasibility to print and overall coolness. Highest scores win, but I would do a thorough Google search for copyright infringement – any entries found to be copies would be excluded. I would make this system apparent at the start of the contest, so all the designers know what to aim for
    .
    Anyway it’s all over now; it’s been a great competition and an excellent opportunity. Well done to everyone and hopefully GC & Ultimaker will learn to make their competition more fair in future.

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  • Julius Siador

    Julius Siador over 1 year ago

    Hahaha! The links from commenters here showed me some existing toys already mass-produced and then published in the internet had found their inspiring way to this contest--and not to the judges obviously ;) for they seemed oblivious :D

    "Hand me all heads of your plastic sunflowers & we'll have a cozy yellow castle for your barbie and ken, my little sweetie."

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    We are amending the results in the next few days. Entries found to be based on exisiting copyrighted material will be disqualified. We removed them from the results tab. My sincerest apologies for the error on our part. It states clearly in the rules (#5) that no copyrighted materials should be entered or awarded. It was wrong for us to let copied ideas slip through the cracks.

    ...
    This will not be the case in the future and, again, we are very sorry. You deserve more from us.
    ...

    Thank you to everyone who responded to my challenge to name your favorites. Your input will be considered when we name the new winners, shortly.

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  • Dragan Beljan

    Dragan Beljan over 1 year ago

    That is a great news

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  • TJP

    TJP over 1 year ago

    Sarah: Thank you so much for listening to the community, admitting mistakes were made, and taking action. All of us here really only want what's best for our fellow engineers. Communication between all levels of engineers and positions is what makes GrabCAD a great place to be. We look forward to your revised winners.

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  • Ian M

    Ian M over 1 year ago

    I have to say I am new to grabcad, having never uploaded any designs, but I have been following the last 2 challenges (Ultimaker and Nokia) closely prior to participating in the next challenge. My opinion is that the perceived lack of judging criteria on what the winning entries will be judged on, as well as the sometimes dubious choice of winners does not really inspire you to enter these challenges. I would hope that on future challenges it is made perfectly clear what the judges are looking for then you can avoid the many (negative) comments that people have posted. Just looking at this challenge, 2 entries which stand out for me are the Mechanical Digger and the 3D viewer, both seem ideal for the 3D printing process and both involve assembling a kit of parts to make the finished product, part of the fun for young ones would be the challenge of building the toy as well as playing with the finished item. Lets hope the winners of the next challenge are more carefully considered, and then we can get back to seeing some good inspirational designs.

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  • Stephen Nyberg

    Stephen Nyberg over 1 year ago

    I like your puzzles Voibor and in my opinon, it does not look like you coppied from that image you have shown. Well done and sorry if you do not get the printer. Your work looks great.

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  • Tan Wei Kok

    Tan Wei Kok over 1 year ago

    I didn't realize that Ultramaker results are out..hahaha Congratz to all winners and would-be winners.

    Like Mechanical digger alot. It is better and educational than mine, so I withdraw. Mine is a tank with a hatch for my nephew's Ironman. "Customer" request...hahaha

    And we have the usual protests as usual @@ Please endure my nagging below.

    What you should DO:
    1) If you think a winning entry break a rule like copyright, post the link of the entry and image here; AND stay neutral in comment. Be more diplomatic.
    2) Ask for the rules/limits BEFORE the contest ends; and NOT after.
    3) Study the requirements before you start design. ASK if not sure. This is not school, don't expect spoon feed.

    What you SHOULDN'T DO:
    1) Tell the judges who are the winners
    2) Protest that your design are better
    3) Get too emotional. If your boss/client decide to pick someone else design, are you going to beat him up?

    If you can't fulfill the above 6 pointers, my advice is stay out of the next challenge or design line because that's what every designer/engineer faces every day on every project.

    Finally, give some time for Ultramaker & GrabCAD to sort things out. Don't turn things too ugly. We are trained professional, so behave like one =)

    What if they don't listen? You can always walk away from future challenge if you have no confident in the judging process. But as far as I know, GrabCAD had been a good listener and open to feedback. I know because I blasted them every couple of days. We also need to know that there are only a handful o fGrabCAD staffwhile there are >250k of us :p

    Thank you for your time =)

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  • jamie

    jamie over 1 year ago

    well done grab cad and the community. Although im still a little confused at why the entry placed first is still being awarded first place? anyway well done grabcad - now pick the decent entries to receive the prizes

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  • Brett

    Brett over 1 year ago

    Congratulations to the winners, I would have liked a more detailed brief as I wanted to create something that would eventually win but on second thought I think with the opened nature of this compitition has allowed for such a big variety of toy ideas that had if there had been a detailed breif would not have been created at all and the.

    The competitions here are great content creators, and get all these like minded people to share there interesting ideas.

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  • Julius Siador

    Julius Siador over 1 year ago

    Hmmm, it seems Tan has missed the revision made and Simonr and jamie don't give an inch to admit their shortcomings. Please be reminded: the winners who were scratched out have their entries and poor judgment to blame, right Simonr? We ought to better ourselves than to get inspiration from others and risked to be called not creative enough to face tough competitors--and worst: to be called a copycat innovator.

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  • Johs

    Johs over 1 year ago

    I'm glad to see that some of the winners will be reevaluated. Hopefully we will now see some new winners that better shows the possibilities and perspectives of 3D printing in a more ambitious way, instead of just building blocks and flat disks that might as well be cut from plywood.

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  • Julius Siador

    Julius Siador over 1 year ago

    Here we go again, another sore comments from winners trying to defend their winning entries. Look at your entries first before poisoning and disillusioning my worthy competitors over here. I rather lose the likes of you rather than losing superior challengers in this beloved GrabCAD community. For those great contributors here, be not disheartened by these individuals who advise us to opted out from future competitions. It is our worthy creations that invite competition sponsors. We are the force to be reckoned with! Let our creativity flow! Let us be brave to face setbacks such as these, for we are in competition among ourselves regardless of the decision made. Inequities abound but we arise to the occasion to be the salt of the earth. Of all these foul environments, only our creations can make a difference. Let us not sulk in the dark for the lamp of creativity we have is enough to dispel the darkness these individuals have imposed upon our community. We ought to do everything right as calculative as the greatest mathematician who ever lived, for a little misstep could lead to irreparable damages. We should press hard to continually invite worthy opponents to come to this community by continually showcasing our lovely creations. Sometimes, life is not about winning prizes but proving your worth. As modern Spartans who are eager to face their match of the lifetime, let us express gratitude to all of these events, good and bad, and extend our sincerest gratitude to GrabCAD staff for this challenging arena to showcase our skills, enhanced our perception to take our rightful standing and inviting competitors who can motivate and elevate our sense of self-development. I believe each of us in this community have silently taught our fellow members by our creations we presented here. So, let our creations not fail us--they should serve as inspirations no matter what this dying world can throw at it. Utopia will just come when we have least calculated ;)

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  • Johann

    Johann over 1 year ago

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR9MpJy0E6g
    I see many of you like the mechanical digger, here's a video of an existing one in actionv

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  • Julius Siador

    Julius Siador over 1 year ago

    Haha, you beat me into it, Johann. I've found that link after googling the other day some images and found this link: http://lionhug.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/japanese-wooden-excavator/ They knew the designer was Japanese. (I hope Jedrzej is that same person)
    Anyway, I was pondering to urge GrabCAD staff to reinstate one entry from Voibor : Rhinoceros seeing that entries of simonr and Jedrzej had wooden equivalents. That Kreepy-Krawly 2 from simonr have numerous equivalents already. Not only that, the original Strandbeest design of Theo Jansen has even made out among the top 10 popular 3D printed design of 2012 by Shapeways, one of the leading 3D Printing marketplace and community. http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/1853-The-10-Most-Favorited-3D-Printed-Products-of-2012-on-Shapeways.html
    .
    Now, considering that simonr has his own aesthetic design incorporated into his entry, so was that of Voibor. One big difference between them is that the Kreepy-Krawly make a lively video animation. But the judging should be fair between these three entries. Voibor's entry has surpassed its wooden equivalent, but the other two hadn't. Even Japanese toy manufacturers have made numerous plastic derivatives of Strandbeest that they even managed to make bipedal Jansen mechanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JnTThZMJAg
    If "Entries will be judged based on creativity, feasibility in 3D printing on Ultimaker, and overall coolness" the Japanese had already beaten these two entries to it.
    .
    Also, regarding that first-place entry, I recon there were already numerous plastic equivalents of it made cheaply by the Chinese. I already have seen such. It will be a matter of time one will post pictures pointing one with most peculiar similarities, may it be of plastic, cardboard, plywood or rubber equivalents. Now, where are the creativity and coolness of it?

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  • Simonr

    Simonr over 1 year ago

    Is using a Theo Jansen linkage any different to using any other multi-bar linkage - for example a Watts Linkage commonly used in car suspension invented by James Watt http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watt%27s_linkagv or a screw thread, invented by Archimedes. To say something is a copy because it uses the same linkage is rediculous - even more so when Theo has never claimed copyright on the relative lengths of the linkages. If my design was a copy of StrandBeest http://www.strandbeest.com/index.phv for example - that would be a different matter.

    How far do you take it? Any part, linkage or mechanism which has ever been used before?

    I give up!

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  • Branko Stokuca

    Branko Stokuca over 1 year ago

    :( well, the way things are right now, judges might reevaluate all the entries again and start thinking about other designs on this challenge. It seams that almost all the top 10 designs are a bit copied.

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  • Julius Siador

    Julius Siador over 1 year ago

    Don't be haphazard with your researches, Simonr. Most engineers are born calculative enough so not to run into obvious blunders. The way you read documents are not as thorough as mine ;) Read the entry of your posted patent link again for your further reference. No one can patent spinning top on the basis of cord-recieving groove alone. No, no. it has been done before. Here is another link for your perusal: http://www.google.com/patents/US3269053 Reminder: read the exact filing and issue dates.
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    Patent number: 3269053
    Filing date: Feb 10, 1964
    Issue date: Aug 30, 1966
    Our forefathers are the originators of yo-yo such that any wooden string-driven toys were in our past-time before. We already have wood craftsmen to cut helical grooves for top-notch tops for wood splitting spinning-top competitions back in my childhood days. Again, do your homework before you engage in competitions. Here is a Mexican derivative for a nostalgic glimpse of what some of our wooden tops looked like: http://www.sanyorkfairtrade.com/mexican-wooden-spinning-top-toy-3-5-with-string/
    Case closed.

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  • Julius Siador

    Julius Siador over 1 year ago

    Simonr, instead of helping Voibor's entry out from being disqualified, you make a spectacle with your emotional outburst. Again, show me a patent that I violated. (It seems you don't know patent terms anymore.) I never cared if Shapeways has some form of copyright in Theo Jansen designs (it's your effort required for that matter). The mere fact that you provided aesthetics to a regular Jansen mechanism is enough reason why the Rhinoceros should be spared too. Also, the mere fact that there are magazines for hobbyists that exclusively feature Jansen mechanism (and you can find lots of exquisite lasercut designs there) should have been a reason that you should not nonchalantly design my mere aesthetics alone, then feel you have a privilege above other fallen entries. Now, that you tasted a dose of your own medicine, be sensitive enough to the feelings of deserving losers here instead of nonchalantly posted comments favoring insensitive perspectives aside from yours, such as that of Tan Wei Kok. Be grateful enough that the community gave you a chance to be among the winning entries and better keep your insensitivity shut up. Good luck, everyone.

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  • Julius Siador

    Julius Siador over 1 year ago

    Stephen, better read my previous post if there was such frustrations, rant, or bore the brains out of other members. Thank you for your concern. Others erased their previous posts. I haven't done it yet.

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    I think things have progressed from constructive criticism to something less helpful. For that reason I will remove any comments that do not ask a specific question, support an entry or raising a concern. I apologize if you think this takes away any value from the discussion.
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    As an update: we will be posting new results by tomorrow, end of day EDT. Thank you for your feedback and patience. And, I will explain more in-depth about why some entries were disqualified, while others were not. It only seems fair to make that really clear. Generally, there is a line between a copy and something that resembles an existing idea. You guys always help us take things to a new level and this Challenge is no exception - we have many new improvements in store based on your ideas in this thread.

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  • Manuel Bayonas

    Manuel Bayonas over 1 year ago

    Thanks Sara for stopping this senseless personal discussion! The atmosphere was heating up too much unnecessarily!

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    I spoke too soon and apologize for getting ahead of myself - winners and results with explanations will come out Monday. I can offer our thoughts on the IP reports and concerns, today. The four entries we removed were found to be replicas or near replicas (knowingly or not) of existing products. Those that we kept as winners may resemble other products or be built off similar ideas, but this does not mean that they violated any copyrights. We now know that our Community is our best resource in finding copyright issues and we hope you will continue to help us identify issues in future Challenges. It would be best to find them before we have winners so we are considering a finalist phase which gives the Community time to cast their votes for their favorite entries or voice concerns.
    We want you to understand our choices and to get you more involved in the decision process. Thank you all again for reporting issues and a special thanks to those who nominated existing entries for recognition!

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  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    The new results are posted! We tried to provide more explanations for the jury's picks, took some insights from your votes in the Community, and thought it was only fair to bump up the previous Honorable Mentions to prize positions.

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    We have learned a lot from this experience and will be adding improvements to future Challenges based on your feedback. Allowing a finalist round for all Challenges gives the Community a chance to vote for their favorites, make pleas for any entries that were left out of the mix, and bring up any copyright issues. I will also moderate the comments more closely to make sure they agree with our blog.grabcad.com/community-code-of-conduct. No one should ever feel personally attacked or criticized and we should make it our goal to stay professional and constructive with all feedback. And, I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience as we grow and improve the Challenges product. We respect the hard work you put in to contribute entries!

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  • Kae Woei Lim

    Kae Woei Lim over 1 year ago

    I appreciate that my design got 6th Place, Thank you Grab Cad, But i still don't understand why the mechanical digger has not been disqualified for copying an existing design bolt for bolt? Can the judges please explain this? It is a fantastic copy of someone else's design but it is still a copy.

    someone already pointed out earlier that the mechanical digger is an exact replica of a japanese toy manufacturer koubou kinohaguruma http://lionhug.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/japanese-wooden-excavator/
    http://www.geocities.jp/ki_no_haguruma/sub_004_Sousa/sub_004_Sousa.htm

    Kae Woei Lim has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 16 comments.
  • Sean H Kim

    Sean H Kim over 1 year ago

    Hi Sara,
    Thank you for posting the result! Great to see mine got 7th. I couldn’t believe Grab Cad and Ultimaker re-evaluate the winners! You guys are great!!!
    However I agree with Kae. I can’t understand why Mechanical Digger has not been disqualified for copying. I’m in product design industry for 14 years, but this entry is so close to original Japanese wooden Excavator (gear shapes, numbers of gears etc), unless this was done by same guy who developed Japanese wooden Excavator. Wait, then this entry disqualifies based on #2 competition rule – ‘#2. To the best of your knowledge, it is not, and has not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited.’
    I don’t mean to criticize someone else’s entry but I just want to share my thoughts.

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  • Luis Cordoba

    Luis Cordoba over 1 year ago

    Again Congrats to all the winners, also to the whole community and of course to @Sara and the GrabCAD team and Ultimaker to hear our voice and reevaluate the projects :D

    Luis Cordoba has uploaded 42 CAD models & has left 342 comments.
  • Carlos Pérez

    Carlos Pérez over 1 year ago

    Congratulations to all and especially to the winners.

    Carlos Pérez has uploaded 24 CAD models & has left 408 comments.
  • Lars Lange

    Lars Lange over 1 year ago

    Sara - did you oversee the communitys comments to the mechanical digger? When you say they are "the best resource in finding copyright issues " you should have a word to that!? I appreciate your effort and the changes!

    Lars Lange has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • jamie

    jamie over 1 year ago

    it is disapointing to see the mechanical digger get through. Atleast the community picked it up. well done

    jamie has uploaded 19 CAD models & has left 73 comments.
  • natalia

    natalia over 1 year ago

    It is dissapointing to see again people complaining about the results. Grabcad and Ultimaker had one week to reevaluate entries, if mechanical digger and other entries are in the results it means that their not violate copyrights. I'm pretty sure that if the price for this content wouldn't be so "cool" there would be no copyrights issues.
    Congrats to all winners and sorry for my bad english.

    natalia has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • Matthew Stonebraker

    Matthew Stonebraker over 1 year ago

    "We have no idea if this is really printable or not" haha, I think this alone says that we as a community are far more serious about these challenges than the organizers and judges are. "We have no idea if this entry even meets our requirements, but hey, winner winner!"

    Matthew Stonebraker has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 48 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    I would like to comment on why Mechanical Digger made it through to the new round of results despite copyright concerns. If you compare it to the Japanese toy posted earlier in the comment thread, you can see that there are major differences - the design for the tracks and the controls. While one shows gears and wheels inside the track, the other is one-piece and a cleaner design for 3D printing. While one shows an enclosed set of handles and components to operate the digger, the other is again more simple, and is also open to view. The idea is the same and the scoop itself is similar, but we saw this entry overall as unique and different. I apologize if it looked like we did not look into or take your concerns seriously. We did and thank you again for bringing it to our attention. Out of respect for the winner, let's continue with any further concerns or comments on this privately at sara@grabcad.com. It is important to us to keep this thread constructive so I'll moderate posts, as necessary.

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1957 comments.
  • Sara Sigel

    Sara Sigel over 1 year ago

    @Matthew.Stonebreaker You're right that sounds misleading out of context from the full conversation. I edited it to reflect the meaning the jury expressed :) Speaking of serious GrabCADrs... Did anyone from the Community print out any of the winners? We would love to have you add any printed versions to the original entries to show the real-life results!

    Sara Sigel has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1957 comments.
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