Are you waiting to get your hands on a MakerBot Replicator 2? Chris Anderson, the Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine and the author of the new book pictured above, Makers, is ready to give you one.
Check out the give-away contest over at Instructables, which calls for you to submit your “ultimate 3D design.” The submissions page explains that each entry will have to be in the form of an Instructable, which can be a step-by-step project explanation, a photo, or a video, and it should involve “the creation of a 3D design.”
Okay, that’s a little vague, so allow me to make a few suggestions. When we launched the Replicator 2 just under three weeks ago, Bre wrote a MakerBot Operator Manifesto for BoingBoing. Here are a few ideas that we think could merit the “ultimate” tag.
Where we’re going, there are no limitations: create your working flux capacitor by glueing MakerBotted components together for installation in your DeLorean.
Go big. With the MakerBot Replicator 2‘s 410 cubic inch build volume, you can finally create the trumpet you’ve been dreaming of.
Compete with the industrial machines. With the MakerBot Replicator 2′s 100 micron layer resolution you can create models that will look like they were made on a refrigerator sized machine that costs 100 times the MakerBot Replicator 2.
Make the unreal real. Use your MakerBot to manifest unicorns, dragons, or a functional sonic screwdriver.
Resist buying things that you can make on your MakerBot Replicator 2. There is no deeper nerd cred than MakerBotting frames for your glasses.
Optimize the world. That contraption to hold your microscopes glass slides together in the dishwasher is just waiting for you to design and MakerBot it.
Repurpose everything. The springs in pens and motors pulled from old technology can be used to create the replica of that V8 supercharged hemi you’ve been lusting after.
Repurpose the models in Cornell’s wonderful mechanical library to power your perpetual motion machine.
Prototype your inventions. We’re still waiting for you to align the lasers with your MakerBotted oscillation overthruster.
Use what you’ve got. If you are a programmer, use the openSCAD tool to create parametric gears If you are a photographer, learn to use 123D Catch to scan the greatest works of art at your local museum.
Ignore the naysayers. Your jackalope powered hovercraft is achievable and don’t forget to MakerBot a helmet for the jackalope.
Submit yours before midnight on October 12, 2012 (that’s 11:59 pm on 10/12, for you sticklers), and be sure to select “3D Design Contest” in the check boxes when you do. That will get it in the running, and Instructables staff will let you know if your entry is accepted. At the end of the contest, Chris and other judges will select one grand prize winner, and five runners-up, who will each receive a signed copy of Makers.
A little note from MakerBot: we highly encourage you to share your designs on Thingiverse, too! In the past, many Instructable contest ideas have received good feedback from the community on Thingiverse.
Get started here. Good luck!