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Global Stratasys Design Inspiration Challenge

As you may already know, Stratasys is leading the way in how designers, engineers and innovators use 3D printing to solve complex challenges. For this challenge imagine you have unique access to best in class full-color multi-material PolyJet 3D printers. With that in mind we invite you to unleash your creativity and show us what is possible knowing that the winning work will be printed on this powerful design tool.

The challenge: design a “pebble” to showcase PolyJet capabilities and you could win a gift card, swag bag and special recognition. This special competition is open to all designers worldwide. The challenge asks you to showcase your ideas and skills while exploring the capabilities of full color, multi-material 3D printing. The winner should be able to provide a compelling written explanation of the characteristics they are showcasing, the design inspiration (origin of where the design idea came from), and how they iterated through their design cycle. The final submission will include this narrative, any relevant images, and the files (OBJ, STL or VRML) to produce a fully printable and well-designed 3D model. The more information supplied the better – images, renderings, videos and screenshots of the
design are encouraged! Winning models will demonstrate a specific set of capabilities within the build specifications given in the requirements below.

Entries will be accepted from Wednesday, July 1st through Monday, 3rd of August. and Winners will be announced mid-October

Requirements

  • JUDGING CRITERIA


    1. Design Attractiveness (40%) – Design quality and esthetics. Is the design pleasing and evokes emotion? Will it inspire other designers to use Polyjet for their design process?


    2. Wise utilization of Polyjet technology (40%) – use of multi-color, multi-material capabilities. How does the design show the value of PJ over other 3d printing technologies, what is the feature / capability showcased in the design.


    3. Printability (20%) - design compatible with 3d printing capabilities and limitations.

  • TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS


    1. The design should keep the same outline geometry and general shape of the original pebble, and should not exceed its dimensions.


    2. the design should consider the current text location


    3. Materials Available: Full color rigid materials, Transparent, Flexible and combinations of them


    4. Files should be 3d printable – watertight 3d volumes, no open surfaces.


    5. Thin walls should be not less than 0.02 inch


    6. Geometry with negative angles will be contacted with support material. please consider the support removal process while designing.


    7. The Pebble can be printed as one part or in separate parts and assembled.


    8. If there is a need for post-processing please define what kind and where.

  • WHAT IS REQUIRED

    1. 1-page (500 words or less) narrative on your design inspiration and PolyJet capabilities you are showcasing


    2. Supporting images including, but not limited to, final design rendering or image


    3. Supporting documents on the design iteration & creative process (including previous 3D printed, hand-made mockup or sketches) to get to the final design


    4. Final 3D printable file submitted as an STEP, XT, STL, OBJ, VRML file type along with a document explaining color, durometer, or material selection


    **** Be sure to use the Reference Photos and Materials for the Project in the Download Specifications Button Below.

Download specification

Rules

  • ENTERING THE COMPETITION:


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


    By entering the Challenge you:

      1) Accept the official GrabCAD Challenges Terms & Conditions.
      2) Agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges (Jury).
      3) Warrant that you are eligible to participate.
      4) Warrant that the submission is your original work. Warrant, to the best of your knowledge, your work is not, and has not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited.
      5) Warrant neither the work nor its use infringes the intellectual property rights (whether a patent, utility model, functional design right, aesthetic design right, trademark, copyright or any other intellectual property right) of any other person.
      6) Warrant participation shall not constitute employment, assignment or offer of employment or assignment.
      7) Are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement for any costs.
      8) Agree the Sponsor and GrabCAD have the right to promote all entries.


  • SUBMITTING AN ENTRY


    Only entries uploaded to GrabCAD through the "Submit entry" button on this Challenge page will be considered an entry. Only public entries are eligible. We encourage teams to use GrabCAD Workbench for developing their entries. Entries are automatically given the tag "GlobalStratasysDesign2020" when uploading to GrabCAD. Please do not edit or delete this tag. Only entries with valid tag will participate in the Challenge.

  • AWARDING THE WINNERS

    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. Prizes may not be transferred or exchanged. All winners will be contacted by the GrabCAD staff to get their contact information and any other information needed to get the prize to them. Payment of cash awards is made through PayPal. All team awards will be transferred to the member who entered the Challenge.

  • We will release the finalists before the announcement of the winners to give the Community an opportunity to share their favorites in the comments, discuss concerns, and allow time for any testing or analysis by the Jury. The Jury will take the feedback into consideration when picking the winners.


    Winning designs will be chosen based on the Rules and Requirements.

  • Schedule


    This Challenge ends on Setember 7th, 2020 (23:59 EST.) Finalists and Winners will be announced in Mid-September

Prizes

$3000 in Prizes

First Place

$1500

Second Place

$1000

Third Place

$500

71 comments

  • Aayush Wadehra

    Aayush Wadehra about 1 year ago

    Very cool challenge! My one question is: Does the final design have to be only the "Pebble" or can the Pebble be a part of a larger, more complex design?

    Aayush Wadehra has uploaded 4 CAD models & has left 9 comments.
  • Kenneth G McNeil

    Kenneth G McNeil about 1 year ago

    So, it seems like the only guidance that is given is the design being multi-color. What is the purpose of the design/product?

    Kenneth G McNeil has uploaded 10 CAD models & has left 23 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa about 1 year ago

    Kesa has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 178 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa about 1 year ago

    The design must be centered around the Pebble.

    Kesa has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 178 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa about 1 year ago

    @Kenneth The purpose is to show off what Stratasys Multi-Color Printers can do for Prototyping a products and how many levels of color and detail can be printed from these printers.

    Kesa has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 178 comments.
  • Kenneth G McNeil

    Kenneth G McNeil about 1 year ago

    @Kesa okay, that makes things a little more clear. I will look at the links you noited. I appreciate it.

    Kenneth G McNeil has uploaded 10 CAD models & has left 23 comments.
  • Kenneth G McNeil

    Kenneth G McNeil about 1 year ago

    @Kesa also I would like to apoligize I did not notice the, "Pebble", comment in the post.

    Kenneth G McNeil has uploaded 10 CAD models & has left 23 comments.
  • serge vieillescaze

    serge vieillescaze about 1 year ago

    Cool challenge. I know what to do next weeks evenings :)

    serge vieillescaze has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Amit Athavale

    Amit Athavale about 1 year ago

    This is an exciting and cool challenge.

    Amit Athavale has uploaded 14 CAD models & has left 12 comments.
  • john mcbride

    john mcbride about 1 year ago

    What is a Pebble, what is it used for

    john mcbride has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Dhruv Gandhi

    Dhruv Gandhi about 1 year ago

    what is the submission template/scorecard to be filled as mentioned in point 5 of 'What is Required'? please tell me where can i find it, it's not in the 'download specifications' folder

    Dhruv Gandhi has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 19 comments.
  • Hila Desheh

    Hila Desheh about 1 year ago

    The Pebbles are sample parts that showcase Polyjet Capabilities. Each Pebble should highlight features that utilize the technology.

    Hila Desheh has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Gina Scala

    Gina Scala about 1 year ago

    @JohnMcBride - Pebble is a shape we selected to have a basic canvas for everyone to design on. Here we are not concerned with geometry but what you can do with - color, texture, clear, etc -- and how you bring these design "swatches" to life --- think of this as a small way to test a concept.

    Gina Scala has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Gina Scala

    Gina Scala about 1 year ago

    @kenneth - The PolyJet technology is multi-material -- which means more then just color -- it is the full gamut of colors plus - transparency - flexibility - rigidity. What is magical is that this is all possible in ONE part - ONE print.... With those tools the possibilities are ENDLESS - check out some of our creations - https://www.stratasys.com/explore/video/design-inspiration-kit-unboxing - and then think of something you want to try and give it a shot!

    Gina Scala has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Gina Scala

    Gina Scala about 1 year ago

    @Aayush - YES!! We want everyone to use the same geometry -- think of this as a swatch that inspires future bigger designs -- the possibilities are really endless!

    Gina Scala has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • shreyas

    shreyas about 1 year ago

    In tech spec "the design should consider the current text location"
    means what can you clear little bit

    shreyas has uploaded 32 CAD models & has left 38 comments.
  • Hila Desheh

    Hila Desheh about 1 year ago

    @shreyas - It means that when creating your new pebble, the text on the base pebble and it's location should stay there. hope that clarifies.

    Hila Desheh has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Dhruv Gandhi

    Dhruv Gandhi about 1 year ago

    are we allowed to integrate electronics in the pebble? (i.e a LED, speaker, or other kind of small electronics)

    Dhruv Gandhi has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 19 comments.
  • Mohsen Ojani

    Mohsen Ojani about 1 year ago

    Does the printer add support structures automatically or must be design ?

    Mohsen Ojani has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 4 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa about 1 year ago

    Moshen, it should already add support in the printer itself.

    Kesa has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 178 comments.
  • stewart lindsay

    stewart lindsay about 1 year ago

    0.5mm does not equal 0.2" . Why not correct it rather than delete the comment?

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  • Ashu Singhal

    Ashu Singhal about 1 year ago

    Can one designer submit multiple entries? Also do we have to keep "000" in logo as given in sample design or "101" as shown in pebble drawing PDF?

    Ashu Singhal has uploaded 4 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • stewart lindsay

    stewart lindsay about 1 year ago

    Now the question is , which dimension did you really mean ? was is 5mm or 0.5mm? Inspiring confidence LOL!

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  • Ashu Singhal

    Ashu Singhal about 1 year ago

    @kesa @GinaScala thin wall dimension is 5mm or 0.5mm?🤔

    Ashu Singhal has uploaded 4 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Hila Desheh

    Hila Desheh about 1 year ago

    0.5 mm / 0.02 inch - there was a typo we will correct it. sorry for that

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  • Hila Desheh

    Hila Desheh about 1 year ago

    @Ashu Singhal - I see no reason not to submit multiple entries - the more the merrier :) just not that there will be only one prize per participant.
    As for the text - the number doesn't matter as long as the 3 digits stay there. (it's just how we number them)

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  • Kesa

    Kesa about 1 year ago

    Due to discussion with the Sponsor of this challenge, We are extending the Challenge to end on September 7th.

    Kesa has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 178 comments.
  • Yifei Wu

    Yifei Wu about 1 year ago

    Hi my Obj file is a little big, I can't upload to the system, do you have solution?

    Yifei Wu has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa about 1 year ago

    @Yifei, There is no size limit but if you could compress your file size in a zip file that would be great.

    Kesa has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 178 comments.
  • Winston Jennings

    Winston Jennings about 1 year ago

    What printer will be used?

    Winston Jennings has uploaded 279 CAD models & has left 895 comments.
  • Hila Desheh

    Hila Desheh about 1 year ago

    The Pebbles will be printed on Stratasys PolyJet J8-series and/or J55 printers.
    https://www.stratasys.com/3d-printers/j8-series
    https://www.stratasys.com/3d-printers/j55

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  • Winston Jennings

    Winston Jennings about 1 year ago

    What's your most elastic material?

    Winston Jennings has uploaded 279 CAD models & has left 895 comments.
  • OTOYI KOTSIKPA  DAMIEN

    OTOYI KOTSIKPA DAMIEN about 1 year ago

    i will participate

    OTOYI KOTSIKPA DAMIEN has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Miguel De Haro

    Miguel De Haro about 1 year ago

    the most elastic material, its called agiuls 30, googoled and you get info about this material

    Miguel De Haro has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 15 comments.
  • Sachin Adhwaria

    Sachin Adhwaria about 1 year ago

    Last date to submit the design

    Sachin Adhwaria has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 14 comments.
  • Abe Gladstone

    Abe Gladstone about 1 year ago

    @sachin there are still 20 days left in the challenge. Last day of the challenge is on September 7th.

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  • cem çapanoğlu

    cem çapanoğlu about 1 year ago

    1- "Entries will be accepted from Wednesday, July 1st through Monday, 3rd of August. and Winners will be announced mid-September."

    2- "Schedule
    This Challenge ends on September 7th, 2020 (23:59 EST.) Finalists and Winners will be announced in Mid-September"

    -There is two date, and deadline shows there is 16 more days to deadline. Which one is true?

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  • Dragan Beljan

    Dragan Beljan about 1 year ago

    Same question i have, there is no clarity in deadline description.

    Dragan Beljan has uploaded 81 CAD models & has left 173 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa about 1 year ago

    The Sponsor of the Challenge extended the challenge. The Deadline is September 7th.

    Kesa has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 178 comments.
  • Naveena  B v

    Naveena B v about 1 year ago

    can someone tell me the steps to submit my pebble model?

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  • M.S.KIRAN KARTHIK

    M.S.KIRAN KARTHIK about 1 year ago

    Is the round text at the back mandatory. In my case it damages the look of the pebble?

    M.S.KIRAN KARTHIK has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 12 comments.
  • Ikponmwosa Obasogie

    Ikponmwosa Obasogie about 1 year ago

    Is it compulsory to use multiple materials in our models. Thank you.

    Ikponmwosa Obasogie has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 9 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa about 1 year ago

    I dont believe the letters are Mandatory

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  • Kesa

    Kesa about 1 year ago

    @Ikponwosa Using multiple materials would be beneficial to this project

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  • Ikponmwosa Obasogie

    Ikponmwosa Obasogie about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your @kesa I'll look into that.

    Ikponmwosa Obasogie has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 9 comments.
  • rahadyan muhammad

    rahadyan muhammad about 1 year ago

    hi I just want to make sure, the minimum size /filament size is 5mm?
    can I make a hair thin motif somewhere like 0,5-1 mm wide?

    rahadyan muhammad has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 22 comments.
  • Dean

    Dean about 1 year ago

    @rahadyan muhammad Thin walls should be not less than 0.02 inch, you can make 0.5mm wide is OK.

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  • Julian Groeli

    Julian Groeli about 1 year ago

    @Gina and @Kesa. Cool challenge! I see that geometry can be submitted in a number of formats, but the linked instructions about printing textured objects in clear blocks specifies VRML format. Is that required, or can we submit a STEP file, a rendering and a text description?

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  • Hila Desheh

    Hila Desheh about 1 year ago

    @Julian, it depends on your design. if you have texture maps in your design than obj, vrml or 3mf are file formats that include that information. STEP does not.
    if your design is composed of rgb colors / Stratasys materials, you can submit STEP with supporting documents on what color / material should be assigned to each part. (if it was not assigned in the cad)

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  • M.S.KIRAN KARTHIK

    M.S.KIRAN KARTHIK about 1 year ago

    when will the results get published @Kesa

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  • Kesa

    Kesa about 1 year ago

    Results will be posted soon.

    Kesa has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 178 comments.
  • Okpamen Obasogie

    Okpamen Obasogie about 1 year ago

    Thank you to GrabCad and Stratasys. This was a great challenge and really helped me think more creatively. Learning how to do a lot with a little pebble.

    Okpamen Obasogie has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 23 comments.
  • Matthias Seitz

    Matthias Seitz 12 months ago

    Dear Challenge Team, thank you so much for your trust and to allow me to be in the next round! There are very nice ideas around.
    Per the last email received, I was wondering if we need to post here our final comments or directly on the different concepts pages. Thanks!

    Matthias Seitz has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 5 comments.
  • Dean

    Dean 12 months ago

    I am thrilled to become one of the finalists of this competition.

    I see a lot of outstanding designs and talented designers around the world via this opportunity, for example, I was astounded by the creativity and hard work of Anouar Barodi, Aniello Sessa and Okpaman.

    The design by Ben Chann was simple yet powerful; while the work of Nick Tyrer visualised the elasticity and vitality of the pebble.

    Among the finalists, I like Allan Morel’s Black Hole Pebble rendering the most, I see both rich texture and smooth details in his masterpiece; while my favourite work is Julian Groeli’s Concept Wave, he leveraged radiating lines with a consistent flow to clash with the border of the pebbles, creating a beautiful and artistic dividing line - the only down side from my perspective is the three colours that he created, which I believe one colour would be sufficient for beautiful creations like this.
     
    In general, people like to predict the future, and the edge of my design is to use pebbles with Stratasys Polyjet 3D printing technology to predict the next milestone of the 3D printing industry. I believe the ultimate goal of 3D printing would go beyond merely printing a decoration or a building, but to print the way we live and the way we sustain our lives for the generations to come.

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if in 5 or 10 years’ time, this design on biological printing can really come to life?
     
    Finally, I believe that Stratasys Polyjet 3D printing technology would be able to bring out the best in each and every designs, regardless of how wild or detailed the concepts are.

    I wish to express my gratitude to Stratasys and Grabcad for organising this competition, and thanks to all the other contestants for enriching my understanding of the unlimited possibilities brought by 3D printing technology.

    Dean has uploaded 10 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Jouni Huopana

    Jouni Huopana 12 months ago

    This was an interesting challenge and being among the finalists is amazing. The possibilities are endless with these kind of competitions and applications. I liked the E-heart and automotive pebbles, as education and specific engineering solutions have always been close to my heart. Good luck to all!

    Jouni Huopana has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 41 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 12 months ago

    Hello Everyone, We are waiting for the winners to be chosen. its taking a bit longer than normal we will keep you posted when it happens.
    Thanks
    Kesa
    GrabCAD CM

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  • N Tyrer

    N Tyrer 11 months ago

    Good Afternoon Kesa. I don't suppose you have an update as to when you think there will be further news? Thanks,
    Nick

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  • Hila Desheh

    Hila Desheh 11 months ago

    Hi Nick and all, really sorry for the delay in the announcement, we are working on printing and evaluating the parts as we speak, we had some delays due to covid lockdown, hopefully we will have the results next week.

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  • Kesa

    Kesa 11 months ago

    Just a reminder. We will be getting the Results later this week. Thank you so much for you patience.

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  • Okpamen Obasogie

    Okpamen Obasogie 11 months ago

    Thank you Kesa.

    Okpamen Obasogie has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 23 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 10 months ago

    Winners are now posted. You will be informed on how to get your winnings soon.

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  • ANOUAR BARODI

    ANOUAR BARODI 10 months ago

    Congrats to the winners !!!

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  • Okpamen Obasogie

    Okpamen Obasogie 10 months ago

    So much appreciation to Stratasys and grabcad community for this amazing project. I really am grateful to be named a winner. I also wish we all could get to see pictures of these beautiful pebble prints online somehow. Cheers.

    Okpamen Obasogie has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 23 comments.
  • ficheux david

    ficheux david 10 months ago

    Congrats !

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  • Aniello Sessa

    Aniello Sessa 10 months ago

    Congratulations to the Winners!!

    Aniello Sessa has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 81 comments.
  • Julian Groeli

    Julian Groeli 10 months ago

    Congratulations to the winners! I had a great time with this challenge, and look forward to seeing you all on the next one.

    Julian Groeli has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 38 comments.
  • N Tyrer

    N Tyrer 10 months ago

    Fantastic! Thank you very much Grabcad + Stratasys. Very proud to have been selected from such a strong line-up.

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  • Ben Cann

    Ben Cann 10 months ago

    Many thanks to Grabcad and Stratasys ! I am very honored to receive the first price.
    There are a lot of very interesting entries that deserves a nice print in my opinion.
    I am excited to see some finished prints and observe how far the Polyjet technology has been pushed !

    Ben Cann has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 44 comments.
  • Mohsen Ojani

    Mohsen Ojani 10 months ago

    Congratulation Ben 👍

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  • Struan Laurence Robertson

    Struan Laurence Robertson 10 months ago

    Congrats to the winners :) To the judges, who can I speak to to receieve feedback on my design? This is the first time I have ever designed anything and would love some direction so I know what I can do better next time.

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