MakerBot Thingiverse | #Birdhouse Challenge


Birds need houses, and you, the 3D printing community, can be the ones to help. Enter the Thingiverse Birdhouse Challenge by designing a creative and functional birdhouse to shelter the newly-hatched!

PRIZES | First Place Prize: One Eggbot, the open-source art robot that lets you draw on spherical or egg-shaped objects. The winner will also receive a spool of True Black MakerBot PLA filament. The winning design will be featured on Thingiverse and the MakerBot Blog, as well as printed out and displayed in the MakerBot store at 298 Mulberry St. in NYC. Second Place Prize: A spool of True Blue MakerBot PLA filament. Third Place Prize: A spool of True Red MakerBot PLA filament.

TIME OF CHALLENGE | Thirty days. Monday, June 17 through Tuesday, July 16 at 11:59 PM ET. We will announce the winning entry on the MakerBot Blog on Friday, July 19!

HOW | You upload a design for your unique birdhouse and the printing instructions to Thingiverse. Tag each of your entries with “Birdhouse.” Once you’ve uploaded, encourage others to like and make your design.

JUDGING | Our panel of judges will subjectively pick a winning design based on functionality, printability and creativity. Enter as many designs as you want! A first place, second place, and third place winner will be selected. Get started with Thingiverse today. The race is officially on!

Please read the OFFICIAL RULES.

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  • Lyle
    June 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    This sounds awesome! I can’t wait to see what people design.

    I just wanted to point out that In the official rules it says that we must tag with “BirdhouseChallenge” but in the blog post it just says “Birdhouse”.

    • Kate Hannum
      June 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks for noting that, Lyle! We’ve updated the official rules to say “birdhouse,” as well.

  • ProfHankD
    June 18, 2013 at 12:01 am

    So, is thing 92431 eligible? It is dated May 22, but has been tweaked since posting, and still needs some tweaks to the customizer version (correcting for differences between customizer and openscad).

    • Kate Hannum
      June 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      @ProfHankD Great question. Entries must be uploaded within the contest timeframe. Clearly you have some experience to bring to this challenge!

  • Krythis
    June 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Is this limited to owners of the MakerBot?

    • Ben Millstein
      June 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      @Krythis Nope! Not at all. This Challenge – and Thingiverse itself – is open to anyone, not just MakerBot owners. Read the Official Rules for more details on who can enter.

  • bayonasdesign
    June 20, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I wonder which type of license should we apply to our designs.

  • JB
    June 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Does the Birdhouse have to be 3d printed? what about laser-cut? or some combination?

    • Kate Hannum
      June 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      @JB – Take a look at the Contest Entry section of the Official Rules – since you only must upload a design to enter, it doesn’t appear that method of creation is relevant. But everyone loves to see the real-life version!

  • Matt King
    June 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    So being new to the whole Thingiverse community, sorry if this is a rookie question (!), but with this competition are we able to design the final product in a CAD program, like SolidWorks/Solid Edge etc, or is there a specific program we should use?
    I ask mainly because I do not recognise the program in the images on the main page; though I do not own a makerbot so I guess it may be a program for the machines?


    • Kate Hannum
      June 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Welcome to Thingiverse, Matt! We’re glad you’re joining us.

      There’s no specific program you need to use, nor do you need to own a MakerBot. Take a look at the Official Rules to find out the Contest Entry requirements.

      Excited to see what you enter!

  • Thomas Bashford
    June 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    One important note: the inside wall needs to be climbable, or the chicks won’t be able to leave the nest! Be sure to include surface features for the chicks to grab onto; the texture of raw lumber is sufficient.

    Besides that, drainage and ventilation holes are important. There are actually a lot of small details that go into a bird house, besides looking amazing.

  • SolidStudio
    July 17, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Hi ! I have posted my project for the challenge 8 hours ago, but it looks like my object is not in the challenge collection … did i made something wrong ?

  • ExtruderHead
    July 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I just realized I am not between the entries as I did not tag my thing as Birdhouse, as in the rules said name them as birdhouse not tag… disappointing.


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