MakerBot Industries needs a 3D printable cute robot mascot for their company.
The concept of the robot is wide open so feel free to enter creatures of all shapes and styles. Inspired by the lunchbox on wheels that rolled around on the Death Star in Star wars? Great! You're a fan of humanoid robots like the B9 from Lost in Space? Super! All shapes of robots' designs are expected to participate. The winning entry will become the lead MakerBot Robot Mascot. It is very likely that most, if not all entries will be filmed for MakerBot videos. You may submit as many robots as you like.
The inspiration for this challenge is Tony Buser's "BOB" robot. We saw this and all we could think of was "MORE!", especially considering the popularity of robot models in the Library. Bob is built from a toolset of robot parts that include joints for arms and ears. This toolset gives you a nice set of components that you can use to make your robot design have pose-able parts. The toolset also includes the MakerBot M logo design to make it easy to badge the robot with it. Using the toolset is not required, but we wanted to make the functioning side as easy as possible for people to express their robo-creativity, so some of the components are offered up front for optional use in this challenge.
Overhangs must be less than 45 degrees
Robot must be composed of parts that are each smaller than 100x100x120mm
Different parts can be made in white, yellow, orange, red, UV reactive red, UV reactive nuclear green, camping green, blue, black, and glow in the dark
Robot must be proudly displaying the MakerBot M logo on it. You're invited to use the file included in the robot toolset: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:11189
Please upload both STL and the original format files
You can enter this challenge by uploading your design to GrabCAD and you are encouraged to also upload it to Thingiverse.com
By submitting for this challenge, you give MakerBot Industries license to use your designs in any way
The best robot will win Makerbot Industries Thing-O-Matic 3D Printing Kit
The winning design will be chosen based on the requirements on the left
This competition is open to everyone
You can participate with as many models as you like
Only models uploaded to the GrabCAD library will qualify for the competition
Upload your model via this page or make sure it is tagged with “makerbot” when uploading to index your model for the search
You can upload a private model, but you need to share access to email@example.com
Privately uploaded models will be made public after the deadline
Each robot design will be judged by creativity, character and 3D printability
Competition starts on September 8th, 2011
Competition ends on September 28th, 2011
MakerBot Industries Thing-O-Matic 3D Printing Kit
The finalists will have their robots 3D printed on a MakerBot at MakerBot HQ and sent to them
The winner will be selected by a joint jury of MakerBot Industries and GrabCAD and announced on the GrabCAD blog
MakerBot Industries brings the future to your desktop. MakerBot's Cupcake CNC—the most affordable 3D printer in the world. It’s your own little factory, and it can print almost anything you can imagine.
MakerBot Industries was recently named as one of the top 20 startups in NYC, and has been featured in Wired, Make: Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Economist and others.