It wasn’t too long earlier when we were preparing a goodbye to the Canadian-based online 3D printing neighborhood and market Pinshape, which revealed that they would be closing down operations back in March 2016. Luckily, the faltering company was saved right in the nick of time by Formlabs, which chose to obtain the online 3D model market quickly after Pinshape at first revealed that they would be closing their doors. As a 3D printing market and neighborhood consistently acknowledged for hosting a handful of ingenious design contests, such as the just recently held Batman vs Superman design challenge, Formlabs has guaranteed that the just recently revived Pinshape will continue to offer their close-knit community opportunities to get in and win 3D design competitions.
Now, Pinshape has actually released the Bike Accessory Design Contest, challenging their community to produce a bike accessory that will either expand the abilities of the bike or make it a well-rounded more enjoyable experience. The contest, which closes on June 30, 2016, will be evaluated by prominent 3D product designer Agustin Flowalistik (aka FLOWALISTIK) and Zachary Frew, the current neighborhood supervisor for Pinshape. The 2 judges will select their preferred bicycle device creates based on the following requirements: technical quality and ease of printing, design functionality and application, design imagination and individuality, and finally, the presentation of the contest submission.
By developing any sort of device that is fit for a bike, and second of all, by submitting the design to Pinshape and checking off the contest box on the upload type. These are a number of rules in order to guarantee qualification for the contest, for instance, entries cannot be formerly sent to a Pinshape contest, and have to also comply with the 3D marketplace s content policy.
It appears that Formlabs acquisition of Pinshape has actually been settling dividends so far, as the top place reward for the contest will be the Form 2 Complete Package, a $3499 package that includes everything had to get going with the Form 2 3D printer, including their one-click printing PreForm Software, a one-liter cartridge of resin, and much more. The first place reward will also serve as a celebration for the conjoining of Formlabs and Pinshape, most likely making this one of the most important contest benefits ever offered to the Pinshape neighborhood.
Aside from Formlabs, the contest is also sponsored by Pure Cycles and Wacom, which together will be supplying the 2nd and 3rd location prizes. Second location will get $100 present card for Pure Cycles, a Wacom Intuos Creative Pen, in addition to a medium-sized Touch Tablet. Third prize will include the $100 gift card for Pure Cycles. The winners will be revealed in the week following the contest due date, and all winners will keep ownership of their design, which will be made available to the Pinshape neighborhood.
As a bicycle enthusiast myself, I can think of lots accessories that would make pedaling an easier and joyful time. Whether it be an iPhone holder installed on the handlebars or a recycled mud guard for the back tire, there many manners in which 3D printing technology could possibly improve the bicycle riding experience. The contest is currently filled with a number of distinct submissions, and it’s safe to assume that the Bike Accessory Design Contest will yield a huge number 3D printed accessories that I wouldn’t mind printing and putting upon my own bike.