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Stratasys & KeyShot Gaming Mouse Design Competition

Once again, Stratasys is leading the way in how designers, engineers and innovators use 3D printing to solve complex challenges. In product development, time is money and quality is inseparable from reputation. That’s why Stratasys and KeyShot collaborated to create a streamlined workflow. Designers will now go from concept ideation and sketch to visualization and render to putting full, CMF detailed design models in stakeholders’ hands, faster than ever before. For this challenge, assume that you have unique access to best in class, full-color, multi-material PolyJet 3D printers; like the Stratasys J55™. With that in mind, we invite you to unleash your creativity and show us what is possible knowing that the top 15 designs will be 3D printed using a powerful system; like the J55™.

The Challenge:

Design a COMPUTER GAMING MOUSE to showcase PolyJet capabilities and you could win:

 A free 3d printed PolyJet model of your design
 A valuable voucher for printing services from Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
 A free KeyShot Pro V10 license
 Recognition and promotion in popular publications

This competition is open to designers in the United States and Canada. For this challenge, we ask you to showcase your ideas and skills, while exploring the capabilities of full color, multi-material 3D printing. To win, you must: provide a compelling, written explanation of the characteristics you are showcasing, the design inspiration (origin of where the design idea came from), and how you iterated through your design cycle. Your final submission must include this narrative along with your (3MF) and.PRINT files. This is the minimum requirement, however, the more information you supply, the better! For example, images, renderings, videos, and screenshots of the design are encouraged! To win, you must also comply with the technical design specifications provided below.

Entries will be accepted from February 1st , 2021 through March 1st. Winners will be announced on, or about March 15th

Requirements

  • JUDGING CRITERIA:


    1. Design Attractiveness and Creativity: Is the design aesthetically pleasing and does
    it evoke emotion? Will it inspire other designers to use PolyJet in their design
    process?
    2. Wise utilization of PolyJet technology: Use of multi-color, multi-material and
    texture capabilities. How does the design show the value of PolyJet over other 3d
    printing technologies? What are the features / capabilities showcased in the design?
    3. Printability: Compatible with the specified technical specifications.
    4. Ergonomics/Utility/Believable- The design is realistic and practical for the intended
    use. Final design anticipates typical manufacturing production techniques; namely
    injection moldable housings.  Not necessarily production-ready, but it should be
    manufacturable.

  • TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:


    1. The design should keep the same outline geometry and general shape of the
    original computer gaming mouse model, and should not exceed its dimensions (No
    larger than: Length- 5.5” Width- 3” Height- 1.75”).
    2. Materials Available: Full color rigid materials, Transparent, Flexible and
    combinations of them
    3. Files must be 3d printable – watertight 3d volumes, no open surfaces.
    4. Wall thickness and feature size shall not fall below 0.02” inch
    5. Geometry with negative angles will be contacted with support material. Please
    consider the support removal process while designing.

  • WHAT IS REQUIRED?


    1. A 1-2 paragraph (500 words or less) narrative about your design inspiration and
    the 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. 3D printable file submitted in 3MF and .PRINT file formats- along with a document
    explaining color, durometer, or material selection

  • KEYSHOT AND 3D PRINT DESIGN BEST PRACTICES:
    File Set-up:
     Make sure the original model resolution (Tessellation) is suitable for 3D
    printing. Models can appear “smooth” in KeyShot but have faceted surfaces
    when printed.
     If you are creating textures using displacement, be sure that the tolerance
    between a textured part and it's nearest object is greater than the height of
    the displaced texture. To correct geometry that is visibly overlapping, simply
    scale down the part until the texture no longer visibly intersects.
     If you are using the same KeyShot file for both 3MF export and final image
    rendering, you may want to create separate Model Sets to manage the
    materials as some materials are better suited for 3D Print
    o Specifically, avoid using Translucent or Scattering Medium materials
    and instead use Plastic, Glass, Gem or Liquid Materials.
    o For a full list of Materials to Prefer or Avoid reference the document
    below, Designing in KeyShot for PolyJet 3D Printing.

     If you have not set your scene measurements inside of KeyShot you can do
    so using the export process.

  • Exporting:
    When you get to the 3MF Export dialog, here are the preferred settings:
     Use a DPI that is between 400 to 600.
    o KeyShot applies DPI only to textures, labels and colors.
    o If you do not have textures, labels, or colors, KeyShot ignores the DPI.
    o As a rule, part resolution should be higher than the printer resolution.
    Currently, the default resolution in KeyShot is 400 DPI.
    o Under 300 DPI the model appearance will be poor.
     The Number of samples should remain 16.
     Select the Prefer Textures option.
     If Geometry Nodes is selected, the displacement is exported as tessellated
    polygons, which increases the export duration and results in a larger file size.
     Clear the Use Calculated Depth check box.
    o If this option is selected, it applies the color to transparent parts
    according to the thickness of each polygon. It simulates transparency
    thickness when the core is clear. Clearing this check box results in a
    faster file export.

  • Learn More:
    KeyShot 10 Quick Tip - 3D Printing With 3MF
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6NeSYPQec4

  • If you are in need of a KeyShot license for use during the challenge, please email license@luxion.com with the subject line "Stratasys & KeyShot Gaming Mouse Design Challenge" to receive your temporary KeyShot license.

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 "KeyshotChallenge2021" 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 GrabCAD, All team awards will be transferred to the member who entered the Challenge.

    If you have any questions regarding awarding your prizes please message Kesa at Kesa@GrabCAD.com or Joz at Jocelyn@GrabCAD.com.

  • 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 March 1st, 2021 (23:59 EST.) Winners will be announced on March 15th, 2021.

Prizes

$3000 Cash Prizes and More

First Place

$1300 SDM Voucher
Free J55 printed model of submitted design
A highlight in the Stratasys newsletter, website and social
channels
Additional promotion in a popular publication
GrabCAD blog promotion on community challenge page
Free KeyShot V10 Pro License

Second Place

$1000 SDM Voucher

Free J55 printed model of submitted design
A highlight in the Stratasys newsletter, website and social
channels
Promotion in a popular publication
GrabCAD blog promotion on community challenge page
Free KeyShot V10 Pro License

Third Place

$700 SDM Voucher

Free J55 printed model of submitted design
A highlight in the Stratasys newsletter, website and social
channels
Promotion in a popular publication
GrabCAD blog promotion on community challenge page
Free KeyShot V10 Pro License

4th through 15th Place Finalists

Free J55 printed model of submitted design
A highlight in the Stratasys newsletter, website and social
channels
Promotion in a popular publication.
GrabCAD blog promotion on community challenge page

44 comments

  • Dhruv Gandhi

    Dhruv Gandhi 26 days ago

    Are the residents of countries outside US/Canada not eligible to win?
    If yes, that sucks :/

    Dhruv Gandhi has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 19 comments.
  • Gabriela Ferlin Goncalves

    Gabriela Ferlin Goncalves 26 days ago

    What is SDM?

    Gabriela Ferlin Goncalves has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Sylvain Gerber

    Sylvain Gerber 25 days ago

    Good morning, everyone!

    I would like to comment on the fact that the competition is not open to people outside of US & Canada.

    First of all I admit that I don't understand why this restriction but at the end it's not what shocks me the most.

    What shocks me and what annoys me is that to be able to do this contest, I filled out like many people I suppose a form on the Stratasys site that also organizes the contest to be able to participate.
    If it had been clear from the beginning that only the people of the US & Canada could participate, I would never have filled out this form.
    I find it dishonest and unclear.
    This is yet another way to collect personal data and pollute newsletter mailboxes.

    Personally I am tired of this systematic process and once again if I had known from the beginning that I could not participate I would never have filled out this form.

    What interests me is the design and the possibility of being able to express myself through a competition...not to give information about me to a company that doesn't interest me to finally learn that you can't participate!

    Sorry to say that here but I think you should know.

    I hope Stratasys will take responsibility for this by not sending me any e-mails or newsletters that I didn't want at first.
    It's not to me to unregister when I haven't asked for anything.

    Good luck to all for the contest!
    I am sure that incredible designs will be presented!!!

    Sylvain Gerber has uploaded 19 CAD models & has left 260 comments.
  • Antanas Sulskis

    Antanas Sulskis 25 days ago

    Hi,
    I was also very confused when I read today that I cannot enter the contest because I am not a resident of the USA or Canada. Nothing was written about it in the form that I filled in the Strarasys Linkedin page... I am very disappointed because I wanted to take part in this contest and recommended it to my colleague.
    Good luck to the organizers and participants.

    Antanas Sulskis has uploaded 40 CAD models & has left 1147 comments.
  • Frederik Vollbrecht

    Frederik Vollbrecht 25 days ago

    I tried my best to help people in this community and grabcad itself to get better in anything. Over the years such things happen and happen again. I don't know the percentage of US/CAN users here on GC... but this goes against the idea behind this great thing called Grabcad and what iit meant for us in the first place: Bringing engineers/designer/cad-user from all the world together. Major reason for me my efforts run dry. Not the GC when I joined and was proud to be part of.

    Frederik Vollbrecht has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 321 comments.
  • Shingy Dube

    Shingy Dube 24 days ago

    wow... Only USA and Canada?... geez that really sux

    Shingy Dube has uploaded 9 CAD models & has left 5 comments.
  • A D

    A D 24 days ago

    Don't bother guys, what here is happening is called ceap buyng of good ideas. The best idea will very probably don't get any attention from the jury. Because everybody here published the entire idea all this ideas aren't your propriety any more. How do you want sue somebody who will use your idea, or a slightly modified version, somewhere on the world? Each one of you is a target of ruthless exploitation.
    For maximum 1700$? This is all what you can see if your design, or one based on your idea, will be produced and get successful. No profit-sharing, only 700-1700$, if you are lucky. Seriously?

    A D has uploaded 56 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • lucas.t

    lucas.t 24 days ago

    juste honteux de ne pas pouvoir participer parceque je ne vis pas au Canada ou au USA. En plus de cela vous n'aurez pas la vision et le talent des concepteur du monde present dans GrabCad. vraiment dommage.

    lucas.t has uploaded 5 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 23 days ago

    Hello everyone,
    I understand that this is a Challenge that is for the USA and Canada regions. While it is frustrating for some please keep these comments out of the comment sections. Let's allow this challenge to have our amazing community members make great models for a chance to win great prizes. Any more comments like this will result in either a suspension or ban from GrabCAD and future Challenges

    Thank you
    Kesa
    GrabCAD Community Manager

    Kesa has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 164 comments.
  • Sylvain Gerber

    Sylvain Gerber 23 days ago

    FROM KESA : "Any more comments like this will result in either a suspension or ban from GrabCAD and future Challenges"

    I'm sorry, but I have to say we're free to say what we want when we want it and that even if Grabcad is not okay.
    It is part of the wealth of having a large community of people gathering around the same concept.

    I like Grabcad a lot and I've been enrolled for a long time because I like this idea of sharing and exchanging.
    I have participated and even won competitions on Grabcad and I find it incredible to have the chance to do this with returns from a community around the world.

    Telling people to stop speaking out on a subject on which we disagree is called censorship.
    Telling people that you will close their account and that they will be banned is called censorship.
    Such methods are clearly from another time and do not, in my view, reflect the original spirit of Grabcad and his community.

    I'm sorry, but this kind of comment really makes me want to leave and never participate in this community again.

    Come on! Close my account, banish me!

    I thought Grabcad would understand my point of view, but if you prefer censorship to dialogue, it's your choice and I respect it, but it's the opposite of federating a community!

    Sylvain Gerber has uploaded 19 CAD models & has left 260 comments.
  • Henk de Jong

    Henk de Jong 22 days ago

    The residents of countries outside US/Canada not eligible to win! I think this sucks and I have removed my models in protest.

    Henk de Jong has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 20 comments.
  • ghanshyam verma

    ghanshyam verma 22 days ago

    if that competition would have for all
    then i could do so project that
    anybody would have never seen before
    designers would have get great ideas by my model
    i think these don't want to do so

    ghanshyam verma has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 8 comments.
  • Jonathan Dawson

    Jonathan Dawson 22 days ago

    dang y'all whine a lot. stuff happens man. they're not discriminating, they probably have restrictions themselves that they cannot control such as shipping and processing restrictions outside north america. they're not censoring, they're trying to keep their comment section clean, and all you guys are just filling it with whining and complaining. honestly, stop being children.

    Jonathan Dawson has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Sergey Taranets

    Sergey Taranets 21 days ago

    Only Martians will participate in the next challenge :(

    Sergey Taranets has uploaded 215 CAD models & has left 325 comments.
  • Thomas Parel

    Thomas Parel 20 days ago

    Could you clarify what the Stratasys Direct Manufacturing SDM vouchers are? Is this the cash prize you refer to?

    Thomas Parel has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 17 comments.
  • Zoran Sekulovski

    Zoran Sekulovski 20 days ago

    @Sylvain Gerber You have my complete support on this subject, I totally agree with your view.

    Zoran Sekulovski has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Abe Gladstone

    Abe Gladstone 19 days ago

    @thomas Parel - SDM stands for Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and they are a manufacturing arm of Stratasys that is capable of large and small scale manufacturing. They have a range of equipment available. These vouchers can be used at Stratasys Direct Manufacturing for any prototyping or manufacturing needs you have. You can learn more by visiting their website here - https://www.stratasysdirect.com/

    Abe Gladstone has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 56 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 19 days ago

    Hello everyone,
    This challenge is set up by the Challenge Sponsors Keyshot and Stratasys. The rules of who can participate in any GrabCAD Challenge is determined by the Challenge Sponsor and agreed upon by the GrabCAD team. This challenge is limited to the Unites States and Canada due to several factors.

    1. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing (SDM) is a manufacturing service that creates your designs for you on Stratasys printers and their materials as well as traditional manufacturing technology. The SDM source we are using ships only to US and Canada thus this challenge is currently limited to these regions.

    2. All 15 finalists will be receiving a 3D printed PolyJet model of their design. These models are being printed and produced here in the United States, so due to shipping limitations Stratasys can only ship these models to the US and Canada.
    We are sorry that our international community will not be able to participate in this challenge but please understand that this is only due to budget and shipping limitations. Please be on the lookout for another great challenge coming soon that will be open to the whole GrabCAD Community.

    Thank you
    Kesa
    GrabCAD Community Manager

    Kesa has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 164 comments.
  • Nicolas Sewaybrick

    Nicolas Sewaybrick 19 days ago

    Where is the button that leads to the photos and materials " **** Be sure to use the Reference Photos and Materials for the Project in the Download Specifications Button Below." there is only the prizes under the requirement section.

    Nicolas Sewaybrick has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 19 days ago

    That will be fixed in a bit. Thanks for notifying us.

    Kesa has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 164 comments.
  • NIka Alavidze

    NIka Alavidze 18 days ago

    Kesa, probably organizers should consider that a lot of people might be able and willing to pay shipping costs by themselves to just participate in this competition. I want added function in grabcad where we can check mark, from which countries people can download our 3d models :D that would be fun.

    NIka Alavidze has uploaded 95 CAD models & has left 42 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 17 days ago

    @Nicolas I spoke to the Challenge Sponsor and there is no Specifications. All details should be in the challenge requirements itself. If there are any questions please make it known in the comment section.

    Thank you.

    Kesa has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 164 comments.
  • Satoshi Shinju

    Satoshi Shinju 11 days ago

    What is SDM Voucher?

    Satoshi Shinju has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 4 comments.
  • jozedwardo

    jozedwardo 11 days ago

    @Kesa What about participants from outside the US and Canada pay the shipping on their own 3D printed mouse? Seems like a simple enough solution to a problem that has clearly bothered a lot of the members.

    jozedwardo has uploaded 9 CAD models & has left 18 comments.
  • Yuda Hernanda

    Yuda Hernanda 9 days ago

    @satoshi.. SDM is Stratasys Direct Manufacturing

    Yuda Hernanda has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 8 comments.
  • Yuda Hernanda

    Yuda Hernanda 9 days ago

    We are sorry that our international community will not be able to participate in this challenge but please understand that this is only due to budget and shipping limitations. Please be on the lookout for another great challenge coming soon that will be open to the whole GrabCAD Community.

    Noted..

    Yuda Hernanda has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 8 comments.
  • Abderrahmane Brahmi

    Abderrahmane Brahmi 8 days ago

    so sad because it's only for usa and canada .. good luck guys

    Abderrahmane Brahmi has uploaded 34 CAD models & has left 43 comments.
  • Abe Gladstone

    Abe Gladstone 8 days ago

    Hi Everyone,
    Just want to remind those that are submitting to include a .3MF file and a .Print as part of your submission. Those files are required as part of the competition.
    Thanks!

    Abe Gladstone has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 56 comments.
  • PabloModels

    PabloModels 6 days ago

    From what software can I export to .Print?

    PabloModels has uploaded 18 CAD models & has left 10 comments.
  • Julian Groeli

    Julian Groeli 5 days ago

    "The design should keep the same outline geometry and general shape of the
    original computer gaming mouse model" --- Please advise where this model is located.

    Julian Groeli has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 37 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 5 days ago

    @pablo, You can export a .print file by using GrabCAD Print. Check out the software here. https://print.grabcad.com/

    Kesa has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 164 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 5 days ago

    Reiterate one more time. Please make sure that you are using a .3MF File or .PRINT for your submission. IF YOU DO NOT YOUR SUBMISSION WILL NOT BE COUNTED!

    Thank you

    Kesa has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 164 comments.
  • chayma bedoui

    chayma bedoui 5 days ago

    @kesa please,Do you have an idea about the favorable thichness to adopt for 3d printing?and preferably the model is in hollow of the interior or in full material ?

    chayma bedoui has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Kamyar

    Kamyar 4 days ago

    This is Grab"CAD", shouldn't this be about a CAD mouse? The market is saturated with Gaming mice. Our only option is the super mediocre 3DCONNEXION CAD mouse. Design a mouse that has a Esc button so that people wouldn't have to use their keyboards. Solidworks users can benefit from this.
    I was an early adapter, had a Stratasys machine in the late 90's - pricey. This being a subtly disguised advert for the J55, I doubt anything useful would come out of this.

    Stratasys invested in GrabCAD hoping to market their products. It may take a long long time to see their ROI.

    Regards

    Kamyar has uploaded 19 CAD models & has left 3762 comments.
  • Julian Groeli

    Julian Groeli 4 days ago

    @Kesa The specifications mention an outline geometry reference CAD model. Is this available, or are we just to stay within the overall dimensions given? Thanks!

    Julian Groeli has uploaded 7 CAD models & has left 37 comments.
  • Mayank Shakya

    Mayank Shakya 4 days ago

    what is sdm????

    Mayank Shakya has uploaded 37 CAD models & has left 160 comments.
  • Andrew Zalesski

    Andrew Zalesski 3 days ago

    Is there a limit to the number of designs that can be submitted? I currently submitted two. I don't see anything saying that this is not allowed, I just wanted to double check if it's ok.

    Andrew Zalesski has uploaded 12 CAD models & has left 18 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 3 days ago

    @julian there is no CAD Model, Sponsor did not provide so disregard that statement.

    Kesa has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 164 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 3 days ago

    @mayank Stratasys Direct Manufacturing

    Kesa has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 164 comments.
  • Kesa

    Kesa 3 days ago

    @andrew You can submit as many designs as you want but only one will be chosen if you do so.

    Kesa has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 164 comments.
  • Andrew Zalesski

    Andrew Zalesski 2 days ago

    @Kesa, Ok thank you,

    Andrew Zalesski has uploaded 12 CAD models & has left 18 comments.
  • Om Somvanshi

    Om Somvanshi 2 days ago

    can indian designers participate?

    Om Somvanshi has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • DHAYALAGURU A

    DHAYALAGURU A 2 days ago

    hey, i am a indian designer

    DHAYALAGURU A has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Din Cohen

    Din Cohen 1 day ago

    when exactly do we need to turn submissions in by?

    Din Cohen has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
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