When online 3D printing boutique Formsfield launched in September, the company made it clear that they weren’t just any old marketplace. Part of their mission was to only offer the highest quality 3D printed items, and in the few months since they’ve been open, they’ve amassed a pretty solid collection of art and accessories. The prices are pretty decent, as well, but, following in the footsteps of many newer 3D printing marketplaces, Formsfield is now appealing to the universal human love for free stuff. Designers selling their work on the site now have the option to upload a sample of their work to be available for free download.
“Many designers have been asking us for a way to showcase creations that customers can access for free as a means to spark interest in their larger bodies of work,” said Oskar Lis, Formsfield CEO. “We answered their call! This new feature provides a great way for designers to promote their work and a terrific opportunity for our site’s visitors to see how easy and fun 3D printing can be.”
Formsfield is encouraging the upload of free designs with a Winter Challenge running from December 18 to January 17. Designers are asked to upload designs that can be downloaded and printed by consumers for free, and all designs must fit a theme: winter tools. Any free products uploaded as part of the challenge must be practical tools commonly used in winter, i.e. ice scrapers, snow shovels, skiing and snowboarding accessories, etc.
The winning design will be chosen by a team of Formsfield designers, and the winner will be awarded 10 rolls of PLA filament, in the colors and diameter of their choice, from EUMAKERS, Formsfield’s filament partner. The second place winner will receive 5 free rolls of filament, and the third place winner will receive 3. The winners will have a lot of options to choose from: EUMAKERS offers over 60 different filament color options.
If you happen to live in or be visiting Warsaw, where Formsfield is based, during the first snowfall of 2016, you could get some useful 3D printed tools for free. 100 copies of the winning design will be printed, and as soon as the flakes begin to fly for the first time (after the contest’s end date of January 17th, presumably), the Formsfield team will give the products out to people on the streets. A video will also be made during the promotional event, featuring locals talking about their experiences using their 3D printed items.
“It’s an exciting way to show consumers how 3D-printed products can easily fit into their daily lives,” said Lis.
Entry is simple – just go to Formsfield’s web site, upload your design to the Winter Challenge category, set the price to €0, and wait for your design to be accepted. There’s no limit on the amount of designs that can be uploaded by any one participant. At this time, only one entry has been uploaded to the site, so get your designs up there! Will you be participating in this contest? Let us know in the Formsfield Winter Challenge forum on 3DPB.com.