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Thingiverse | Mars Base Challenge Winners

MakerBot Mars Base Challenge Results

We were pleased to receive a good number of #MakerBotMars challenge entries almost as soon as we announced it. But then, on the last day of the challenge, we were completely blown away as we watched the number of entries double, leaving us with loads of fascinating text to read, diagrams to analyze, and creative designs to print.

Many entries went above and beyond the stated scope of the challenge, expanding into small worlds with many individual pieces. It was an embarrassment of 3D printed riches. The enthusiasm behind the contributions was palpable, and inspiring.

Once we finished our test prints, we sent the results to our friends at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who used their expert knowledge and experience to help choose the winners. We’re happy to say that we fully agree with their input and we’re excited to award all of our winners with spools of MakerBot Filament and to give our first place winner a brand new MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer!

All participants deserve a round of applause for their hard work. And now, onto the winners:

First Place - The Queen B by Noah Hornberger

First prize goes to NoahHornberger’s Queen B (Bioshielding) 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mars Apartment. The design takes on the harsh Mars climate without sacrificing comfort. According to Noah, the unique hexagonal design minimizes the exposed surface area, making Queen B easy to build, replicate, and maintain on Mars.

Second and Third Place

Second prize goes to Valcrow’s Martian Pyramid.  The pyramid design focuses on multi-function systems that ensure limited resources are never wasted and produces energy from a mirror-based solar collector.

Third prize goes to Cstarrman’s Mars Acropolis. It has a futuristic architectural design inspired by the ancient Greek Acropolis. The three tiered structure serves as a mass research facility, allowing visitors to explore and develop means for additional colonization of the planet.


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Thingiverse | All New Profile Pages Are Here

Thingiverse New User Profiles

Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve rebuilt Thingiverse user profiles from the ground up. In addition to a complete visual refresh, we’ve improved the way users search through their things, makes and collections so they can quickly feature their best work and favorite designs. We’ve also made it easy to explain who they are (Designer, Tinkerer, Maker, etc.) and what tools they use (MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer, etc.).

Take a few minutes to visit your new profile and make sure the people who know your work know you, too.

Thingiverse Profile

Of course, designers aren’t the only Thingiverse users. Countless prolific makers and collectors will find much to love about the the new profiles, too. They’re a great way to share new finds and expert prints with the community. The end result is cleaner, simpler and more useful. We think it’s a great update for all Thingiverse users.

Update your profile now!

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#WeekendMake | 3D Printed Utility Meets Your Creativity


It’s common for functionality and creativity to overlap in the world of 3D printing, and we’re capturing that dynamic in this week’s #WeekendMake. The “Wall Mount Paper Clip” by Thingiverse user Tosh lets you hang sketches, grocery lists, and childrens’ doodles without leaving pinholes in the paper.


This weekend, your challenge is to print out a wall mount (or many) on your MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer and then hang a doodle that you deem worthy.unnamed-2

You can print as many wall mounts as you like to capture any number of doodles you create. Share your photos on Instagram, and tweet @MakerBot with the tag #WeekendMake so that everyone can catch a glimpse of your creativity.

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Thingiverse | Design a Personalized Phone Case With Customizer

Improved Customizable Phone Case

Today’s smartphones do just about everything, but they have two major problems: They’re pretty fragile and they mostly look the same. We aim to solve both of those problems with our new Improved Customizable Phone Case.

We learned a lot in the nearly 18 months since we released our original case customizer. We read the community’s comments, analyzed their makes and remixes, and printed plenty of cases for ourselves. We also got better at building customizers that deliver improved design and greater functionality.

The Improved Customizable Phone Case delivers precision form and fit, complex geometric patterns, one-of-a-kind stencils and advanced optimizations that allow it to fit almost any mobile phone.

Open in Thingiverse’s Customizer to create and share a brand new case designed just for you.


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Thingiverse | T-Rex Remix Challenge Winners

We received quite a few a few #TRexRemix challenge entries last month. The Thingiverse community contributed nearly 100 designs in just one week! It’s starting to feel like like Jurassic Park over here.

Challenges can be tough to judge when so many talented people send in so many great designs. Our judges were tasked with scrutinizing creativity and printability and after some healthy debate, they were happy to agree on our winners. All three will receive spools of MakerBot Filament and have their designs printed and displayed at the MakerBot Retail Stores. They’ll also be prominently featured on Thingiverse and receive a free download of the 79-piece T-Rex Skeleton model from the MakerBot Digital Store.

All participants deserve a round of applause for their hard work. And now, onto the winners:

First place goes to Arian Croft’s spooky Castle Rexor, which, according to Arian, resides in the world of Primordia and is the home of the tyrant-wizard, Rexor.

Second place goes to David Mussaffi’s T-Rex High Heel, which is both shocking and gorgeous. It’s not hard to imagine this design strutting down the runway at fashion week or maybe biting off some poor woman’s feet in a horror movie.

Third place goes to Rob Bauer’s T-Rex Bike Seat, which might just keep thieves from stealing your bike. If not that, they’ll at least be too scared to ride it.


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Thingiverse | Mars Base Challenge

Thingiverse | Mars Challenge

Could you live on Mars? Certainly not without great design and engineering. That’s why we, in cooperation with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, are excited to present the Makerbot Mars Base Challenge. Taking Mars’ extreme cold, high radiation levels, lack of oxygen, and frequent dust storms into consideration, design a utilitarian Mars base that can withstand the elements and maybe even make you feel at home, despite being 140 million miles away from Earth, on average.

Learn more about Mars and what kind of home could actually sustain life there on the Imagine Mars site.

Upload your design to Thingiverse with the tag #MakerBotMars between May 30th and June 12th. Entries must be tagged #MakerBotMars to be considered and will be judged by a subjective panel of NASA-JPL and MakerBot employees on scientific feasibility, creativity, and printability.

Make sure to read all the Official Rules here.


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Thingiverse | T-Rex Remix Challenge

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How would you honor the king of the dinosaurs? Put your own spin on the intricately-detailed T-Rex Skull from MakerBot Academy for a chance to win. The catch? You only have one week!

Remix the T-Rex Skull and upload it to Thingiverse with the tag #TRexRemix. Enter before Tuesday, May 13th at 11:59pm EST. Entries must be tagged #TRexRemix to be considered and will be judged on creativity and printability.

Three winners will receive spools of MakerBot PLA Filament and have their design printed and displayed at the MakerBot Retail Stores and featured on Thingiverse. They’ll also win a free download of the 79-piece T-Rex Skeleton model from the MakerBot Digital Store.

Make sure to read all the Official Rules here.


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Thingiverse | NYC Thingiverse Show and Tell Meetup

Calling all Thingiverse community members living in and around New York City! We’re hosting a Thingiverse meetup at the NYC MakerBot Retail Store.

We’ll start the evening with five of our favorite local Thingiverse users sharing their recent 3D printing projects. Then, community members can have time to meet each other, learn about what the rest of the group is up to, and have a great time.

If you’re a designer with a printer, bring the coolest thing you’ve made. If you’re not a designer, but have a printer, bring the coolest thing you’ve printed from Thingiverse lately. If you’re neither of those things, just bring yourself! We’ll provide the refreshments.

What: A New York City Thingiverse Meetup
Where: 298 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012
When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. EST, April 29th, 2014

RSVP here.

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Thingiverse | Customize a 3D Printed Tree

3D print a forest of unique, customized trees using Thingiverse Customizer. With about a dozen parameters, the Customizable Tree allows you to easily generate all the flora your inner arborist desires.

We just upgraded Customizer to a more recent version of OpenSCAD (2013.06), so we created the Customizable Tree to show off some of the new features. It now supports recursion, or the process of repeating similar shapes, in modules and functions and the scaling parameter for linear extrusions which allows the tree branches to taper.

Additionally, the tree customizer uses a new library we wrote for handling 3D vectors and a small library for converting hue-saturation-value colors to RGB. The 3D vector library comes with some helpful functions for rotating vectors toward other vectors as well as a module for visualizing vector paths.

Now that we’ve upgraded, we can’t wait to see what kinds of recursive designs you come up with!

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Thingiverse | ‘On Such a Full Sea’ Fish Challenge Winners

Inspired by the character Fan’s career as a fish tank diver, the MakerBot Studio designed the beautiful orange koi pictured and shared it on Thingiverse.

Inspired by the character Fan’s career as a fish tank diver, the MakerBot Studio designed the beautiful orange koi pictured and shared it on Thingiverse.

We’ve found our fish. Thanks to everyone who entered such supremely creative and innovative designs in our ‘On Such a Full Sea’ Fish Challenge.

The Challenge
We celebrated the limited edition of Chang-Rae Lee’s new book with a Thingiverse design challenge. Its sleek, white slipcase was printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

A subjective panel, including Chang-Rae Lee himself, selected the winners based on ease of printing, beauty, and creativity of fish design entries.

A grand prize winner will receive a signed collection of Chang-Rae Lee’s books and three spools of MakerBot Filament. The second and third runners-up of this challenge will receive the regular edition of Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea signed by the author. All winners will have their creations featured on Thingiverse and displayed in the MakerBot Retail Stores.
– NYC: 298 Mulberry Street
– Boston: 144 Newbury Street
– Greenwich, CT: 72 Greenwich Avenue

Our Winners

First Place
Fish Pen Pot by HEJHEJ
Not only does this fishy friend help organize your desk, but it’s also fun to feed. You’ll be seeing spare SD cards, highlighters, and thumbtacks as fish food in no time.

Second Place
Cork Pals: Fishy Fish by uauproject
Upcycle your used corks into these absolutely adorable little fish. They print in a flash!

Third Place
Air Jellyfish by XstrudeStudios
A perfect way to display your rootless, soil-free air plants, these bubbly, beautiful jellies will add underwater charm to any space. They print easily with no supports and look especially mystical in translucent filament colors.

Honorable Mentions
World Whale by grumpyrobot
Steamed Fish by dutchmogul
Fictional Fish by mrigsby

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