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MakerBot teams up with 3D Artist in a unique character design challenge where the winner will receive a fully-assembled Thing-O-Matic 3D printer worth $2,500!

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The challenge: Design a pet monster

Your challenge is to design your own pet monster – whether it’s an adorable companion or a fearsome crittter, use your imagination to create the pet you wish you had.

Use any tools you like to design – 3ds Max, Blender, Maya, modo, Rhino, SketchUp or ZBrush, for example. The goal is to generate a manifold (watertight) mesh model (STL file) that can be printed on a MakerBot (consider that thin elements like feathers, amll joints, thin clothing etc are difficult to fabricate on a MakerBot).

Your character design can be made up of one or multiple parts, but must be smaller than 100 x 100 x 120mm when assembled. Different parts can be made in a variety of colours – see the ABS filament colours on the MakerBot website.

The ‘MakerBot-ability’ of your model will be an important factor in the judging – the challenge is to be innovative within a small footprint!

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You can submit as many designs as you like. Simply:

  • Create a free account at Thingiverse
  • Upload your original design files and ready-to-print STLs (under an Attribution – Share Alike – Creative Commons licence) plus at least 3 non-textured renders
  • Tag your creation with ‘3D Artist mag’
  • Submission deadline is 1 March 2012

Each design will be judged on its creativity, character and ‘MakerBot-ability’, by a judging panel of 3D Artist and MakerBot Industries staff. The winner will receive a custom, fully-assembled MakerBot 3D printer, and the top 3 runners up will have their models printed, photographed and mailed back to them.

3D printed model What can the Thing-O-Matic do?

MakerBots are affordable, desktop 3D printers that enable operators from all over the world to fabricate objects designed from scratch in their 3D applications, or downloaded from the Internet. Visit the MakerBot store to find out more about the Thing-O-Matic.


Terms & conditions Only models uploaded to Thingiverse that meet the challenge requirements will qualify for the competition. By submitting to this challenge, you give MakerBot Industries licence to use your designs in any way (MakerBot Industries will attribute the model to the designer). Imagine Publishing and its partners have the right to substitute the prize for a similar item of equal or higher value. Employees of Imagine Publishing, MakerBot Industries, their relatives or any agents are not eligible to enter. The editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash. From time to time, Imagine Publishing or its agents may send you related material or special offers. If you do not want to receive this, please state so clearly on your competition entry. All entrants agree to participate in any promotion related to this competition.

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  • Dave

    Great idea for a contest! But you should think about changing the price to the newer model, “The MakerBot Replicator™” with nicer features like dual extrusion. Besides: it seems to be still in the 2500,- Dollar range.

    Just a suggestion 😉

  • Hi there! We like your thinking, and we’ve been discussing this with MakerBot. At the moment we’re sticking with the Thing-O-Matic as one has already been put aside for our grand prize winner, but if there are any changes we’ll be sure to keep everyone posted. Thanks!

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  • Dave

    I take it that chances for that are slim then, but never hurts to ask. It would enable the winning artist to experiment with dual colored designs though.

    Thanks for bringing this to makerbots attention! 🙂

  • I need additional information. Do you require these to be built to scale within the design program, or does the printer over ride and can be scaled to fit? I have no clue where the settings for exact perportions are within any of the programs I use, does it have to be exactly 3mm thick? Why is the limit of preportions “after” assembled? If say, I have something that is long and tall but skinny and fits within the print chamber… I followed a link that talked about how multiple pieces could be put togther by pin connectors but found no clear information on what was to be expected. I would be very interested to know more about exactly what is expected.

  • I think a special round of applause needs to go out to the thingiverse users who have printed the entries of those who don’t have 3D printers and given their feedback. It has been awesome this whole time.

  • Dave

    Hi 3DArtist Mag, when will the winner and the runner ups be announced?

  • T. Shawn Johnson

    I’m chompin at the bit to hear about the winners! 🙂 Please please please? With sugar and garlic on top? Ok maybe not sugar.