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Calling all makers! COLI is offering several prizes for its 3D printing contest.

THE BASICS

Print a unique educational model, tool, or device. This can be a small-scale replica to demonstrate a historical device, concept, or object, or it can be a tool useful for teaching.  While demonstrator replicas are permitted, no working weapon designs will be permitted.

RULES

The design must be created by the person entering the contest and must be original.  A modification of another person’s design is not sufficient. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited.  

All printed components of an entry product must print on a single 7-inch x 7-inch x 7-inch (17.7-centimeter x 17.7 centimeters x 17-centimeters) bed. For Ignatian Scholarship Day, we may print smaller versions to meet time constraints.

All parts must be printed However, glue (liquid adhesive) is allowed for ornamental (not load-bearing) assembly.

Parts must be printable in PLA, using COLI’s printers (PrusaMini).

Drawings must be submitted as STL files, together with 2D images illustrating the printed product.  Judges will see 3D digital and 2D printed illustrations when determining the winners.

Each submission needs a user guide: a text, static illustration, or video that explains what the product is for, how it works, and how to operate it.

Winners will be awarded prizes.  They must attend a session during Ignatian Scholarship Day, to speak about or demonstrate their 3D printed devices.  COLI will print their designs for this session, at no charge to contestants.  Winners will also be presented with full-size versions of their printed designs.  

TIMELINE

February 15th, 12:00 PM: 3D Design Basics – Learn how to use TinkerCAD.

February 29th, 12:00 PM: 3D Printing Basics – Learn how to Export for 3D printing and some general 3D printing concepts.

March 4th: Students enter the contest.

April 6th, 12:00 PM: All Entries are due. Winners will be announced the following week.

April 20th: Students will Present their Design at Ignatian Scholarship Day.

PRIZES

1st Prize: $100

2nd Prize: $50

Two 3rd Prizes at $25 each

DO I NEED A BACKGROUND IN 3D PRINTING?

No. this contest is open to all Canisius College students, new to 3D printing and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) or otherwise. We will be offering several opportunities (noted in the timeline section above) to learn TinkerCAD, a free online 3D CAD program. Tyler Kron-Piatek, Academic Technologist for COLI, will also be available in the month of March to provide guidance and technical help.

DO I NEED MY OWN 3D PRINTER?

No. Anything you design will need to be printed on one of COLI’s two Prusa Mini 3D printers.

DO I NEED TO BUY ANYTHING?

No. We will be using TinkerCAD, a free online CAD program. If you would like to purchase or use professional CAD software or other 3D modeling software, you are more than welcome to, so long as you can export an STL file.

WEBSITE

For more information, visit the 3D Printing Contest Website:

https://sites.google.com/my.canisius.edu/coli-3d-printing-contest/home