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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Layered Labs Crowdsources New 3-D Printer with Contest

Layered LabsLayered Labs and GrabCAD have partnered on a call for entries in a crowdsourcing effort for a new industrial 3-D printer.

Leander, Texas-based Layered Labs is looking for engineers to submit their designs for “the new generation of 3-D printer.” The company promises that the winning entry will “greatly influence” the design of its new line of products.

The rules are simple: submit a design of a 3-D printer. Beyond that guiding principle, entrants have a few technical specifications to maintain, but the rest is up to their creativity. The company stated that it left the rules open to give entrants free creative space to tinker with the elegance and efficiency of a new line of printers.

Here is what Layered Labs noted:

Aesthetically, the look needs to be unique and help define the brand. It needs to be compelling, and able to showcase a cool, new technology effectively, without being brash or overstated. It needs to do this while also being approachable to the average consumer — all of the existing 3-D printing designs we have seen from any company are inadequate in this regard. We recommend looking at Leica cameras and Apple products as good examples of appealing industrial design, but do come up with your own original concepts.

The winner will be $2,5000 richer, courtesy Layered Labs and GrabCAD, and he or she will receive a brand new 3-D printer of his or her design should it go into production. Check out the full rules and guidelines here.


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