Cathal Garvey’s Mousetrap Design Challenge


Cathal Garvey, the man who brought you the makerbottable dremelfuge and micro-lathe needs a mousetrap and he’s willing to pay $25 for someone to design it.

I have a problem. There lives in my house a tiny mouse, and as I am friend to all animals I wish him no harm.

The live mousetrap I tried didn’t work: crafty mouse escaped it repeatedly. I also invented a few wacky methods involving pitfalls, narrow bottles full of bloating foods and even tried to suck him out onto a vacuum cleaner head covered with cheesecloth. No avail!

I am offering a bounty for something:
$25 to the first design that catches the mouse. It must:
– Not harm the mouse
– Be printable on a Makerbot
– Work

Mouse get!

Whichever design Cathal chooses, we’re going to sweeten the deal and send them a MakerBot t-shirt if they will upload the design to Thingiverse under an open license.

Can you build a better (MakerBottable) mousetrap?

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12 Comments so far

  • Ari
    March 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I’ve thought of some potential designs (and really wish I knew Blender/etc in order to produce them…) but I thought you should know that it’s really easy for mice to chew through soft plastic.

  • Johnny Mnemonic
    March 1, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Luuuuke, use the search button; it’s already been done.
    Merry-go-round mousetrap

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  • Cathal
    March 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Hi all!
    I’m really excited by how quickly the designs came flooding in, but suddenly I’m worried I’ll have too much to print in too little time, so I’m going to call a halt to submissions!

    If anyone is *in progress* with a design, let me know on the Makerbot User’s Group, and I’ll wait for you to finish. Otherwise I’ll just go with what’s ready to print as of yet.

    As mentioned on the group, I’ll judge ties by a few factors, including:
    – Elegance or simplicity
    – Economy of plastic
    – Recycling of ubiquitous waste

    Good luck to all who’ve entered, I can’t wait to try the traps!

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  • Erik de Bruijn
    March 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Great that you’ve added the animal friendly requirement. There are enough contraptions that do it otherwise: like this one. (if you look closely, you’ll see it’s probably not intended as a mouse trap).

  • zhongying
    March 5, 2010 at 2:01 am

    my entry in the Mouse Get! Challenge from Cathal Garvey. I call it the “Peanut Butter Jar Mousetrap .

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