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