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Our last design challenge with Figulo brought out lots of great ideas from the GrabCAD community. Therefore, Figulo and GrabCAD have decided to do it again.

Your submissions have to be either vase, table lamp or candle holder. Each submission must have also a certain sized surface area so we can keep cost low.

Read carefully the design rules. Submissions that don’t fit the criteria will be disqualified.

GrabCAD is offering two $100 prizes for team who is working together on all three challenge items (vase, table lamp and candle) to have the similar features. Please upload all the entries to team leaders' profile together with the names of team members.

Models here are by Marko Dacovic (Flower Vase Decoration), Don Carlos (Modern candle holder), Dizingof (http://grabcad.com/library/klein-bottle-table-lamp-math-art-by-dizingof-3dprinting) for pictures, Vince Haley (Interweave Cool Flow Trivet), Jonathan Robson (Salt and pepper shaker) and Greg H (Mug)

Requirements

  • X - Height, Y - Width, Z - Length

  • Minimum bounding box sum: X + Y + Z dimensions = 120 mm

  • Maximum bounding box sum: X + Y + Z dimensions = 400 mm

  • Minimum fill per cent > 5 %. Fill = Volume of Piece / Bounding Box

  • For bounding box size 120mm < X+Y+Z < 200mm wall thickness 3.0mm

  • For bounding box size 201mm < X+Y+Z < 300mm wall thickness 4.0mm

  • For bounding box size 301mm < X+Y+Z < 400mm wall thickness 6.0mm

  • Submit as STL, so it can be viewed and commented in our 3D viewer, and it must be sized exactly as it would be 3D printed

  • Joining faces should have a radius of 2.0mm

  • Large sections should be lower in the part

  • No Moving parts

  • Part must have an obvious base

  • See screenshots for more requirements

  • Items are priced by surface, not volume because Figulo wants to encourage robust yet elegant designs. This is important because ceramics are good under compression, but not tension - they do not bend at all without breaking.

Rules

  • This challenge is open to everyone

  • Winners will be chosen by a joint jury of Figulo and GrabCAD

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

  • You can submit several designs

  • Only models uploaded to GrabCAD library will participate in the competition

  • Only models uploaded through this challenge page here will participate in the competition

  • Tag your model with “figuloceramic2” to make it easier to find

  • You may upload a private model but you need to share access to kaspar@grabcad.com and abj@figulo.com

  • Privately uploaded models will be made public after the competition deadline

  • Competition ends 01.07.12, last time zone

  • Winners will be announced during one month after the end of competition

Prizes

Cash prizes of $2,200

Best Vase

$500

Best Table Lamp

$500

Best Candle Holder

$500

Five Honorable Mention each of $100

GrabCAD is offering two $100 prizes for team who is working together on all three challenge items

About the jury?

Winning product designs chosen based on aesthetics, quality of design, manufacturability, and sales potential by a joint jury of Figulo and GrabCAD and announced on the GrabCAD Challenges website. Honorable member of jury is Sherman Hall, Managing Director and Editor of Ceramics Monthly Magazine.

About Figulo

Figulo is founded to produce ceramic pieces and objects for consumers, architects and artists. The Figulo production process uses patented Three Dimensional Printing technology developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and advanced ceramic materials research and development to produce ceramic pieces.

The company leverages 16 years of experience in production of ceramics for industrial applications to enter the consumer, architectural and art markets.

62 comments

  • Amos Roger

    Amos Roger over 5 years ago

    Awesome !!! I missed the last one cause of my university projects, good to get another chance ! Will surely take part :)

    Amos Roger has uploaded 34 CAD models & has left 370 comments.
  • manjesh

    manjesh over 5 years ago

    KINDLY CAN YOU GIVE THIS IN COMMON WORD
    I AM NOT ABLE TO UNDERSTAND.

    Minimum bounding box sum: X + Y + Z dimensions = 120 mm

    Maximum bounding box sum: X + Y + Z dimensions = 400 mm

    Minimum fill per cent > 5 %. Fill = Volume of Piece / Bounding Box

    For bounding box size 120mm < X+Y+Z < 200mm wall thickness 3.0mm

    For bounding box size 201mm < X+Y+Z < 300mm wall thickness 4.0mm

    For bounding box size 301mm < X+Y+Z < 400mm wall thickness 6.0mm

    manjesh has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 8 comments.
  • Amos Roger

    Amos Roger over 5 years ago

    When you give 5 % as the minimum fill per cent, does that the higher it is the better. Or is it better to keep it at a minimum as long as it crosses 5 % ?

    Amos Roger has uploaded 34 CAD models & has left 370 comments.
  • Aldo Maresca

    Aldo Maresca over 5 years ago

    cool! maybe this time i will actually have an idea :D

    Aldo Maresca has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 140 comments.
  • 153a4ad1

    153a4ad1 over 5 years ago

    I think this challenge will reach 220+ entries. Just saying

    153a4ad1 has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 65 comments.
  • Siva Praneeth V

    Siva Praneeth V over 5 years ago

    It will reach more than 400 entries :D

    Siva Praneeth V has uploaded 35 CAD models & has left 80 comments.
  • Nick Hampton

    Nick Hampton over 5 years ago

    Another great challenge, will be huge no doubt!

    Nick Hampton has uploaded 20 CAD models & has left 25 comments.
  • Andy Jeffery

    Andy Jeffery over 5 years ago

    Hi there have been some questions about fill %. For ceramic pieces we cannot print pieces that have a (part volume)/(bounding box) less than 0.05 or 5%. We encourage robust but elegant designs. At Figulo we have a different pricing model where we charge on surface area not volume. This is different to most other RP processes that use volume.

    Also take a look at our max and minimum wall thicknesses. We do not like walls greater than 15 mm thick so if you are designing a brick please make it hollow. Do not go less than 3.0 mm thick either.

    Andy Jeffery has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 33 comments.
  • Sun Zhongji

    Sun Zhongji over 5 years ago

    Hi Andy: Is there any requirement of what type of lighting source used for the table lamp? Thanks

    Sun Zhongji has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Aldo Maresca

    Aldo Maresca over 5 years ago

    I think many of us need some boundary conditions for the lamp, has it got to be electric? do we have to insert a socket? or design a lamp shade for it? can it use fire?

    Aldo Maresca has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 140 comments.
  • Hevi

    Hevi over 5 years ago

    What kind of vase you want? For flowers or what? ;)

    Hevi has uploaded 40 CAD models & has left 475 comments.
  • 153a4ad1

    153a4ad1 over 5 years ago

    I don't think a vase has any other purposes than keeping cut flowers

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  • Martha

    Martha over 5 years ago

    I will give it a try

    Martha has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 8 comments.
  • Andy Jeffery

    Andy Jeffery over 5 years ago

    The lamp design is for a lamp base, so it should have a hole for a cord and electrical fittings to be attached.

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  • Andy Jeffery

    Andy Jeffery over 5 years ago

    The vase can be purely decorative or functional so that it can hold flowers or other objects that can be displayed.

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  • Hevi

    Hevi over 5 years ago

    Thank you Andy.

    Hevi has uploaded 40 CAD models & has left 475 comments.
  • Jeff Gao

    Jeff Gao over 5 years ago

    can some please explain the requirements for the dimensions to me please? im new to the software! if you could message me that would be great! thank you :)

    Jeff Gao has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 8 comments.
  • 153a4ad1

    153a4ad1 over 5 years ago

    Take a look in the requirements, it says your design needs to fit in a bounding box of 120×120×120mm and should not be bigger as 400×400×400mm

    153a4ad1 has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 65 comments.
  • Amos Roger

    Amos Roger over 5 years ago

    Are you sure its like that ? I think its like the sum of X, Y, Z must be between 120mm and 400mm !

    Amos Roger has uploaded 34 CAD models & has left 370 comments.
  • Amos Roger

    Amos Roger over 5 years ago

    Where, X - Height, Y - Width, Z - Length !

    Amos Roger has uploaded 34 CAD models & has left 370 comments.
  • 153a4ad1

    153a4ad1 over 5 years ago

    Hmm.. maybe they will upload an image what will make this clear

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  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 5 years ago

    You are correct Amos. It is clearly stated on the requirements that the sum of X (Height), Y (Width), Z (Length) should be minimum of 120mm and maximum of 400mm.

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 668 comments.
  • Amos Roger

    Amos Roger over 5 years ago

    Thanks for the clarification Kaspar !

    Amos Roger has uploaded 34 CAD models & has left 370 comments.
  • 153a4ad1

    153a4ad1 over 5 years ago

    In my model there is no space for joining faces to have a radius of 2 mm. I can fillet them 1mm max. Is this a problem?

    153a4ad1 has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 65 comments.
  • 4288885b

    4288885b over 5 years ago

    Is the design which can be a vase,candle holder n table lamp all at the same time A valid one

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  • Andy Jeffery

    Andy Jeffery over 5 years ago

    The idea is that there are three separate items to design.

    Andy Jeffery has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 33 comments.
  • Filipe Rocha

    Filipe Rocha over 5 years ago

    Hi, my model is made with 2 separate parts: (a base for the lamp, and a top). My question is how to arrange this two parts for the STL export and 3D print, when they are mounted, the bounding box is within limits, however they can not be printed already mounted (i think), so my question is: can my entry me made by two separate parts and those parts would be printed separately, or can i give some gap between these two parts, so they will not join in the printing process, if yes... how much distance between objects (the gap would be horizontal, between bottom and top). Thanks!

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  • 153a4ad1

    153a4ad1 over 5 years ago

    In assembly mode you need to save the whole thing as a part. Then you are able to save it as 1 .stl . I think the gap between printing parts must be at least 0.7mm but it depends on printing material, printer, etc

    153a4ad1 has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 65 comments.
  • Filipe Rocha

    Filipe Rocha over 5 years ago

    Jordi, thanks for the quick reply :) . My problem is not exporting in 1 STL (in max we can export a scene in STL, export selected objects doesn't work).. my problem is arranging the parts for 3D print, a gap of 1mm i think it's good for me. After upload maybe someone can give me more advice ;) . Just finishing the renders.

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  • Filipe Rocha

    Filipe Rocha over 5 years ago

    Ok, i've uploaded. if someone can check my Stl file to see if it's suitable for 3D printing it would be much appreciated. I have good experience in 3D for animation and rendering.... i'm a newbie for 3D print but i'm really interested in learn more! Thanks.

    Filipe Rocha has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 4 comments.
  • Michael Geraghty

    Michael Geraghty over 5 years ago

    Have I got the parameters right here?. My vase would fall into the 301mm bounding box, it is 116mm x 116mm x 166mm , with a minimum wall thickness of any part being 6mm , with an overall 2mm minimum radius. and a minimum aperture size of 5mm.

    Also is the 301mm intended to be the minimum for the bounding box with a 400mm max?.

    Michael Geraghty has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 5 comments.
  • Michael Geraghty

    Michael Geraghty over 5 years ago

    Another question, do the 3 bounding box sizes apply to the vase, lamp and candlestick holder?. In other words , can any of the items be made with any of the bounding box sizes, although it is reasonable to assume that the lamp would fall into the largest bounding box.

    Any standard candle sizes also?.

    Michael Geraghty has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 5 comments.
  • Andy Jeffery

    Andy Jeffery over 5 years ago

    yes, the bounding box sizes apply to each of the items.

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  • Michael Geraghty

    Michael Geraghty over 5 years ago

    Thanks for the feedback Andy!.

    Michael Geraghty has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 5 comments.
  • LeParfait

    LeParfait over 5 years ago

    Hi! Please add my file "Flower candle holder" also into the contest. Because I forgot to tag it, it does not show up in the entries. Thanks!

    LeParfait has uploaded 9 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Stephen Nyberg

    Stephen Nyberg over 5 years ago

    When I view all entries my mushroom vase is not showing up. All my other submitions are there and I uploaded it the same as the others from this chalenge page. Is it still entered in the challenge if it is not showing up?

    Stephen Nyberg has uploaded 125 CAD models & has left 1305 comments.
  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 5 years ago

    @LeParfait and @Stephen your designs are in the list of entries now.

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 668 comments.
  • Virtox / Stijn van der Linden

    Virtox / Stijn van der Linden over 5 years ago

    Do I understand correctly from the Challenge Terms and Conditions that when we submit a design, ALL rights will be transferred to GrabCAD and Figulo?
    So after entering we have no right to sell or share this design?
    Nor do we retain the right to share it according to CC-NC-ND?
    Please advice!

    Virtox / Stijn van der Linden has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 5 years ago

    @Virtox / Stijn van der Linden - Engineer waives any author’s rights to GrabCAD. Everybody can read the terms and conditions on http://grabcad.com/challenges/terms

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 668 comments.
  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 5 years ago

    @Virtox / Stijn van der Linden - Things aren't so black and white. This is an opportunity to show people what they are capable of and also learn from other peoples designs. I had a word with Andy from Figulo. Please read their comment below.

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  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 5 years ago

    Comment from Figulo:
    Figulo provides a way to turn the Ceramic Challenge designs into reality and then market and sell the best online and in retail settings. It is our policy to share the retail profits with the designer on a 50:50 basis. We will also work with the designer in any way to make the pieces commercial.

    The participation of the GrabCAD community in the Figulo Design Challenge has been fantastic with many fabulous and unique designs. We would like the challenge to be the start of a ceramic collaboration and partnership with all of the designers.

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 668 comments.
  • Virtox / Stijn van der Linden

    Virtox / Stijn van der Linden over 5 years ago

    Ok cool, now that sounds a lot more friendly than the standard terms and conditions :-)

    Virtox / Stijn van der Linden has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • 153a4ad1

    153a4ad1 over 5 years ago

    The 400 entries estimate will come true! Wow

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  • Nick Hampton

    Nick Hampton over 5 years ago

    I say 456 entrants :)

    Nick Hampton has uploaded 20 CAD models & has left 25 comments.
  • Siva Vikranth

    Siva Vikranth over 5 years ago

    22 min more ... Let's see what happens ...

    Siva Vikranth has uploaded 71 CAD models & has left 25 comments.
  • Siva Vikranth

    Siva Vikranth over 5 years ago

    And it's finally 400 .... :D :D .. Awesome challenge finally ends ....

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  • JF Brandon

    JF Brandon over 5 years ago

    On behalf of GrabCAD and Figulo I'd like to thank all the participants for their efforts. An unbelievable 400 entries - a new record for GrabCAD!

    JF Brandon has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 347 comments.
  • Andy Jeffery

    Andy Jeffery over 5 years ago

    Figulo would like to thank everyone who submitted entries to our Ceramic Challenge. It is an unbelievable result and we would like to continue to engage with everyone who submitted a design. Feel free to contact us at Figulo and discuss your design.

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  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 5 years ago

    We are going to start selecting the winners. Please make sure your designs are listed in http://grabcad.com/challenges/figulo-ceramic-challenge/entries and all the private models are made public. For any problems send me an e-mail to kaspar@grabcad.com

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 668 comments.
  • 375Designs

    375Designs over 5 years ago

    Congrats to all the winners, well done everyone who participated and finally a brilliant job by the jury for selecting the best of the entries :D

    375Designs has uploaded 28 CAD models & has left 139 comments.
  • Tomek F.

    Tomek F. over 5 years ago

    Congratulations to the winners!

    Tomek F. has uploaded 224 CAD models & has left 196 comments.
  • Stephen Nyberg

    Stephen Nyberg over 5 years ago

    Congrats everyone! It was a fun one.

    Stephen Nyberg has uploaded 125 CAD models & has left 1305 comments.
  • Andy Jeffery

    Andy Jeffery over 5 years ago

    Thanks to all who participated - it was an extremely difficult task to select the winners and honorable mentions with so many fabulous designs.

    The winning designs will be made this week and we will post photographs on our website. The winners and honorable mention designs will be offered for sale on our Figulo stores at Shapeways and Ponoko.
    Thanks again to everyone and lets keep this fantastic ceramic design community growing.

    Andy Jeffery
    President and CEO, Figulo Corporation

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  • Mohomed Nusry

    Mohomed Nusry over 5 years ago

    Congrats to all the winners. :)

    Mohomed Nusry has uploaded 23 CAD models & has left 76 comments.
  • Romano Gaspari

    Romano Gaspari over 5 years ago

    no congrats to winners, 5 minutes projects or maths drawing. it seems to me like a lottery istead a artistic challenge. congrats to all no winners who did fantastics drawing I saw.

    Romano Gaspari has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 126 comments.
  • Amos Roger

    Amos Roger over 5 years ago

    Thank so much guys ! Such a surprise. A big thanx to Andy and the GC crew :) congrats to the other winners and the participants !!!

    Amos Roger has uploaded 34 CAD models & has left 370 comments.
  • Nick Hampton

    Nick Hampton over 5 years ago

    Congrats to everyone, awesome winning designs! Hope to see another Figulo challenge in the near future!

    Nick Hampton has uploaded 20 CAD models & has left 25 comments.
  • Hardi Meybaum

    Hardi Meybaum over 5 years ago

    inspiration for next Figulo challenge - http://www.photographyblogger.net/14-great-coffee-cup-pictures/

    Hardi Meybaum has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 828 comments.
  • Romano Gaspari

    Romano Gaspari over 5 years ago

    new winner here with a new amazing composition http://grabcad.com/library/new-challenge-winner

    Romano Gaspari has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 126 comments.
  • Siva Praneeth V

    Siva Praneeth V over 5 years ago

    wasn't there a team entry prize by grabcad?
    "GrabCAD is offering two $100 prizes for team who is working together on all three challenge items"

    Siva Praneeth V has uploaded 35 CAD models & has left 80 comments.
  • 153a4ad1

    153a4ad1 over 5 years ago

    They could make a seventh honourable mention prize. There are no team entries

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  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis about 5 years ago

    There was few team entries but unfortunately non of the complied with the requirements. You can read more from our blog: http://blog.grabcad.com/2012/07/figulo-ceramic-challenge-results-are-in/

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