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GrabCAD is looking to see who has what it takes to create an amazing full color 3D printable spaceship model. Since we have had a lot of NASA challenges in the past, we want to go back into space with a full-color Spaceship model design challenge. You will be given free reign to come up with an original design of a spaceship. We want to see what colors you can put on your model, as well as textures. The top spaceship designs will be 3D printed with our own Stratasys J750 PolyJet 3D printer and sent to the winners. So start your thrusters and get designing!

The goal of the challenge is to see if you can design a cool spaceship that will be 3D printed in full color via our Stratasys J750 Printer. The only limits to this challenge are your imagination and the build volume of the printer. You should design your spaceship with multi-color, multi-polyjet material, and multi-texture in mind.

For any help on how to add colors or textures to your model via GrabCAD Print and on how to select a Stratasys J750 to check out these GrabCAD tutorials.(Include a link to the Selecting a J750 in GCP and selecting color/material in GCP tutorials).

Requirements

Rules

  • ENTERING THE COMPETITION

    The Challenge is open to everyone except employees and families of GrabCAD and the Sponsor. Multiple entries are welcome. Team entries are welcome.
    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.
    5. Warrant, to the best of your knowledge, your work is not, and has not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited.
    6. 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.
    7. Warrant participation shall not constitute employment, assignment or offer of employment or assignment.
    8. Are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement for any costs.
    9. Agree the Sponsor and GrabCAD have the right to promote all entries.
    If you think an entry may infringe on existing copyrighted materials, please email challenges@grabcad.com.

  • 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 "grabcad-spaceship-design" 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.

  • This Challenge ends on May 27th, 2019 (23:59 EST.) Finalists will be announced June 3rd, 2019. Winners will be announced June 10th, 2019.

Prizes

3D Print of Your Model... and More!

1st Place:

3D Print of your model + GrabCAD Swag + Challenge Winner Badge

2nd Place:

GrabCAD Swag

3rd Place:

GrabCAD Swag

About the jury?

GrabCAD

About GrabCAD

GrabCAD is a home for all things CAD, from design to print. With nearly six-million members, it is the largest and most popular 3D model sharing community online. GC is also a resource for design tutorials and ample other opportunities to learn a new skill.

46 comments

  • Kesa

    Kesa 26 days ago

    If you are looking into ways to get color data on your model check out our GrabCAD Color 3D printing tutorials above.

    Kesa has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 46 comments.
  • SUBHAM GUPTA

    SUBHAM GUPTA 24 days ago

    The dimensions provided are 8"x3"x3", is that a strict max dimension or are we allowed go beyond that?

    SUBHAM GUPTA has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • geo

    geo 24 days ago

    I don‘t like to participate at the challenge.
    Hans de Ridder has amazing models and he destroy my motivation :-)
    I study his pictures to learn from Hans.
    @Kesa: Thanks for your valuable and helpful tutorials !

    geo has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 606 comments.
  • SUBHAM GUPTA

    SUBHAM GUPTA 24 days ago

    His renders do look very nice but they violate the dimensions constraint provided. We must restrict our design to 8"x3"x3"

    SUBHAM GUPTA has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • SUBHAM GUPTA

    SUBHAM GUPTA 24 days ago

    Honestly I feel 8"x3"x3" is too small

    SUBHAM GUPTA has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Abe Gladstone

    Abe Gladstone 24 days ago

    When you use GrabCAD Print to prepare the .Print file you can orient your model so that it fits that constraint box if need be.

    Abe Gladstone has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 49 comments.
  • Hans de Ridder

    Hans de Ridder 23 days ago

    I am just an old bugger with a mind full of ideas, ( watched my whole life sci fi series and loved them all) but all the dimension stuff and all other rules for this challenge....that is not my cup of tee.....I am happy to get all the other guys motivated in competing ....hope to see lots of great models .....

    Hans de Ridder has uploaded 1217 CAD models & has left 3050 comments.
  • FredSWUG

    FredSWUG 23 days ago

    The URL above for USEFUL GUIDES AND TUTORIALS is broken. It is written as a "double URL' by accident. It should be: Printing Full-Color FEA Results on 3D Printers

    FredSWUG has uploaded 104 CAD models & has left 1578 comments.
  • Hans de Ridder

    Hans de Ridder 23 days ago

    If any of your guys wants to use one of my models and revise them to stand up to the requirements.....feel free to do so ...we just share the prize ghegheghe.....(just a print of 1 or 2 ships...) I believe this community is to help and assist other members...what is even better is to stop talking and start modeling....lets fill this challenge with great space ships...

    Hans de Ridder has uploaded 1217 CAD models & has left 3050 comments.
  • FredSWUG

    FredSWUG 23 days ago

    It is an interesting challenge. I'll hopefully have a few models entered.
    There's no sense in complaining about the rules and guidelines, but I do find them odd. Especially since this site is primarily focused on traditional CAD software, and less about colors, textures, and the artistic/sculpting programs which are used to apply textures, UV maps, and "paint" to 3D meshes.
    Hans' models could/should be able to win hands down once scaled to fit the build envelope. But the trick is going to be applying color and texture to the models.
    It looks like it is going to be time for many of us to learn some new software, and skills in the next three weeks if there is a desire to win, or at least enter something with a chance of winning.
    A spaceship I recently rendered for fun is below. It has good details modeled into it, but it is hardly what I'd call "colorful". I'd hate for a spaceship to end up looking like a clown car just to win :) https://img.frl/jenu2

    FredSWUG has uploaded 104 CAD models & has left 1578 comments.
  • geo

    geo 23 days ago

    @Kesa: misunderstanding. The right name was Shuvom Ghose with his tutorials Sorry.

    geo has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 606 comments.
  • Hans de Ridder

    Hans de Ridder 22 days ago

    Can anybody explain te me what a GrabCad Swag is....I have looked it up on the internet....."Sure we are gay".....but I believe this is not it....Since i'm Dutch I am not familair with all the new English abriviations....

    Hans de Ridder has uploaded 1217 CAD models & has left 3050 comments.
  • Marcio Kis Curzio

    Marcio Kis Curzio 21 days ago

    I think that 'swag' is something like a different cool style and attitude. English is not my mother tongue so I can also be wrong, but that's my two cents into this subject.. lol. By the way, awesome model Hans!!! To me the best so far.

    Marcio Kis Curzio has uploaded 10 CAD models & has left 689 comments.
  • Adam Snow

    Adam Snow 21 days ago

    "Swag" is a term for (typically small) prizes or gifts given away by companies. This usually occurs at trade shows, but can happen anywhere.
    Typical items include stickers, notebooks, pens, shirts, hats, water bottles, bottle openers, flashlights...etc.
    The items are generally branded with the name of the company giving away the item(s), but that is not always true.

    Adam Snow has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 10 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 21 days ago

    @Subham, Its a possibility that we may change this dimensions if this proves to be difficult to work with, I may talk to to the team and see if we can change that.

    Kesa has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 46 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 21 days ago

    Im working with the Tech team to Fix the URLs for the Tutorials. I will fix them today.

    Kesa has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 46 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 21 days ago

    What @Adam said is what we use for "swag". Shirts, water bottles, pens, bags etc..

    Kesa has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 46 comments.
  • FredSWUG

    FredSWUG 20 days ago

    "Size dosn't matter" right? If the build is limited to 8"x3"x3", just look at it as part of the design contest. How can you work with such a limitation?
    8x3x3 isn't an odd size. This commercial model kit is 9"x2"x3": https://www.amazon.com/Bandai-Hobby-Garmillas-Warships-Model/dp/B009X3OI08/ref=sr_1_25?keywords=star+blazers+models&qid=1557177301&s=gateway&sr=8-25
    If "real" kits are made and sold at this scale, it seems reasonable that we could one to meet the same limitations. That's what we do, make items based on constraints.

    FredSWUG has uploaded 104 CAD models & has left 1578 comments.
  • Faisal Marediya

    Faisal Marediya 20 days ago

    Revit interior design

    Faisal Marediya has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Hans de Ridder

    Hans de Ridder 20 days ago

    http://www.mfcad.com/tuzhi/feichuan/594883.html
    Funny to see that one of GrabCad's members think one of my models is good enough to download it (only members can download) and re-upload it again @ the Chinese pirate 3D website mfcad.com He was so polite to mention my name, and he even took my renderings with a referal to GrabCad, but still.......................

    Hans de Ridder has uploaded 1217 CAD models & has left 3050 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 19 days ago

    Dont Forget guys this Challenge is all about 3D Printing in Color. Some Models dont have color data on them. We some Tutorials provided at the top of this challenge so be sure to use those resources to help you get a step closer into being a finalist.

    Kesa has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 46 comments.
  • Jonathan Feddis

    Jonathan Feddis 17 days ago

    Hi, I've just exported my file in the VRML. format but none of my 3D modelling softwares can read the file, so I don't know if the shaders and textures were exported with the model. Could you please let me know if I've made the correct file with all the colors visable? (I rendered in VRED, what's the best export format for this software).
    Thanks

    Jonathan Feddis has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 17 days ago

    If you need a file to see if your color data transferred I recommend downloading GrabCAD Print. It will show you if your files are 3D printable and have color as well.

    Kesa has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 46 comments.
  • Hans de Ridder

    Hans de Ridder 16 days ago

    @ Kesa: look at tthis one Retro Rocket Ship and this one
    http://www.mfcad.com/tuzhi/feichuan/596730.html
    This model has been downloaded 6 times, one of the downloaders is a Chinese "member" who re-uploaded it @ mfcad.com
    Not so hard for the GradCad team to flush him out......

    Hans de Ridder has uploaded 1217 CAD models & has left 3050 comments.
  • Hans de Ridder

    Hans de Ridder 16 days ago

    http://www.mfcad.com/tuzhi/feichuan/590176.html
    this one has been downloaded 10 times...one of the downloader is a thief....

    Hans de Ridder has uploaded 1217 CAD models & has left 3050 comments.
  • FredSWUG

    FredSWUG 15 days ago

    Please add support for colored step files (AP214), OR colored STL files to a future version of GrabCAD Print. VRML and OBJ files are a nightmare to work with.
    Hopefully the winner will be partially determined by who can create a model without error flags in GrabCAD Print. The tricky part of course being that GrabCAD Print will not repair colored models. I think I have an equal amount of time spent between modeling, and export/import/repairing :)

    FredSWUG has uploaded 104 CAD models & has left 1578 comments.
  • Wyatt Smith

    Wyatt Smith 15 days ago

    Wyatt Smith has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Hans de Ridder

    Hans de Ridder 13 days ago

    @ Wyatt Smith....Every Part of the UNSS James T.Kirk is modelled with my own hands....Did have a LOOK at the ixs ship though....but is this a crime??

    Hans de Ridder has uploaded 1217 CAD models & has left 3050 comments.
  • Hans de Ridder

    Hans de Ridder 13 days ago

    http://www.mfcad.com/tuzhi/feichuan/597309.html
    And again a ship from this challenge is stolen by a chinese GC member and re-uploaded at mfcad.com. This model has been downloaded 10 times, so one of the downloaders is a Chinese member....looks like an easy job for the GrabCad team to have a look into this...

    Hans de Ridder has uploaded 1217 CAD models & has left 3050 comments.
  • Frederik Vollbrecht

    Frederik Vollbrecht 12 days ago

    thats what we all know most Chinese people for...

    Frederik Vollbrecht has uploaded 86 CAD models & has left 269 comments.
  • Hans de Ridder

    Hans de Ridder 10 days ago

    http://www.mfcad.com/tuzhi/feichuan/599387.html
    and more of our models appear in China.....One of 6 (GrabCad) downloaders has re-uploaded this work @mfcad.com..

    Hans de Ridder has uploaded 1217 CAD models & has left 3050 comments.
  • Stéfan Slabbert

    Stéfan Slabbert 9 days ago

    Maybe in future, competition models should be "locked" from being downloaded while a competition is active and then "unlocked" afterwards - if the designer so chooses.

    Stéfan Slabbert has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • Israel Garzón Rosas

    Israel Garzón Rosas 9 days ago

    The Chinese are specialists in plagiarizing ideas and making cheap and defective versions.

    Israel Garzón Rosas has uploaded 30 CAD models & has left 71 comments.
  • Sasan seyedi

    Sasan seyedi 5 days ago

    loving the entries!

    Sasan seyedi has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Kirill Romanenko

    Kirill Romanenko 5 days ago

    Why size is so limited? It appears like this printer has larger field:
    Stratasys J750: 490 x 390 x 200 mm (19.3 x 15.35 x 7.9 in.)

    Kirill Romanenko has uploaded 32 CAD models & has left 53 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 5 days ago

    We made it small because we want to save up on material. Possibly in the future we will make the limitations bigger.

    Kesa has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 46 comments.
  • Kirill Romanenko

    Kirill Romanenko 5 days ago

    Is any transparent material supported?

    And one more question, is it better to colorize surfaces in CAD where we do modeling, or in GrabCAD Print during pre-print setups?
    I have never prepared a model for colored printing before :)

    Kirill Romanenko has uploaded 32 CAD models & has left 53 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 3 days ago

    We do have Clear material in the J750 Printer. To color your material you can do it in Software such as Rhino but if your parts are separate you can color them in GrabCAD print.

    Kesa has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 46 comments.
  • Kirill Romanenko

    Kirill Romanenko 3 days ago

    Thank you!

    Kirill Romanenko has uploaded 32 CAD models & has left 53 comments.
  • Hans de Ridder

    Hans de Ridder 2 days ago

    The model from Karthik G is very nice, but it is STOLEN from me, I believe the general idea is to upload models from own hands, not models from other members... see for the original: Roque

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  • Frederik Vollbrecht

    Frederik Vollbrecht 2 days ago

    This is a General problem here on grabcad. The quality of the upload varies greatly, and many copies will be uploaded --> mainly from two countries...

    Frederik Vollbrecht has uploaded 86 CAD models & has left 269 comments.
  • Hans de Ridder

    Hans de Ridder 2 days ago

    @ Frederik: Every time those people are confirming a prejudice.....

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  • Kirill Romanenko

    Kirill Romanenko 1 day ago

    Ha-ha, what a kind of failure! )

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