MyMiniFactory.com, created by a team of experienced 3D designers, is a file-sharing platform for 3D printable objects and models. Collaborating with the ‘Trojan Horse was a Unicorn’ (THU) team, MyMiniFactory.com is hosting an international competition for 3D enthusiasts, calling on designers worldwide to create their own 3D printable Wacom pen holders. The THU team will choose a winner and offer a prize, as will the public, with their most downloaded entry, winning also.
The top designs will be showcased at MyMiniFactory.com, as well as the iMakr store in London. Voters are instructed to download their favorite designs for free, with the most downloaded design earning its creator a $200 print-on-demand voucher from MyMiniFactory.com. The THU team will also be choosing their favorite design, rewarding the winning designer with a ticket to the ‘Trojan Horse was a Unicorn’ CG and VEX festival in September. Also known as a four day digital art rave, the winner will be able to attend the yearly THU event being held this year in Troia, Portugal from September 17-20.
Troia, located on a small peninsula at the convergence of the Sado River and the Atlantic Ocean, will be inundated with producers, animators, game developers, concept artists, and 3D generalists. With many speakers, including artists from Pixar and Paramount, the four-day event is loaded with opportunities to learn about the industry and the latest trends, attend workshops, network, forge new partnerships—and best of all, eat and drink with other artists, peers and mentors. The event is touted to be a lifetime experience with the most inspiring and talented artists on the planet. For more information on THU, see trojan-unicorn.com.
After gleaning design inspiration from the THU “universe,” artists were challenged with creating a unique 3D printable object through downloading and modifying the supplied template. It was up to the contestants to ensure 3D readiness for their designs, following the MyMiniFactory.com guidelines. Designs were then uploaded to the website, and are being hosted at MyMiniFactory.com where the public can vote for free by downloading their favorite entry.
It was specified that the pen holders must be compatible with the Wacom pen, a stylus or pen used with Wacom graphics tablets that allows illustrators, graphic designers, and hobbyists to draw freehand, while capturing their creations in digital form. Wacom pens operate with a pressure-sensitive system, helping designers know, for example, how thin or thick a line should be. Yes, even in this high-tech day and age, artists still need to use their hands and an actual pen—and that pen needs a well-designed holder, right? All the designs being admitted for voting in the contest were vetted as far as actually being printable on a 3D printer—as well as working with Wacom pens.
MyMiniFactory.com is on a mission to provide free 3D printable objects for the growing number of enthusiasts worldwide in the 3D printing world. They aim to keep answering the question: “What should I print next?” For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know if you have decided to participate in this contest in the MyMiniFactory contest forum thread on 3DPB.com.