While the 3D printing community is all about the enthusiasm of science and sharing, and improving on open source designs, there’s nothing like a little competition to heat things up and get the creative juices and energy flowing.

Startup Career launchpadUK-based National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) is stirring up the excitement among students, announcing the #LivingLogo 3D Print Competition, to be sponsored by Startup Career Launchpad, iMakr and My Mini Factory. The competition is open to any individual students or teams of students from any college or university. All you have to do is design a logo which incorporates your product.

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Design Sample

What’s the prize, you ask? The winning student or student team will have their design printed by iMakr, and will also be invited down to the iMakr Store in Farringdon to see the process of their design being 3D printed.

For entering the competition, you’ll need to choose your logo, list objects you think would be useful for the company you are representing, and then…mesh your logo design with that of one of the useful objects.  Next you’ll make a sketch of it, check the contest website and make sure your object qualifies, submit your design, and then NACUE suggests having some fun, celebrating your design, and sharing it on Twitter with #LivingLogo.

Not only does this sound like a lot of fun, and of course we all hope to win, but it also puts emphasis on how important the business logo is, and that it should, if possible, in some way demonstrate what the company does or provides. The name of a company and its logo can be a real advertising powerpunch when done correctly.

The product should be something that clearly serves a function (i.e. hanger, coffee cup sleeve, etc.). Submissions can be in the form of sketches, screen­shots and .pdf files of the designs, with a maximum file size of 10MB. Check out the tips and restrictions to make sure you are on the right track.

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The winner will be announced at the end of Startup Career Launchpad 2014, which is on November 18, 2014 in London. The goal of Startup Career Launchpad is to pump up aspiring entrepreneurs and educate them about what it’s really like to launch a startup and then keep it going. NACUE says “The event brings together some of the UK’s most exciting entrepreneurs for a day of talks and networking, giving you the inside scoop on startup life.”

The event features a big line-up of speakers, including Romaine Kidd, CEO of iMakr Studio. Is this a contest you are interested in entering? Discuss in the #LivingLogo 3D Print Competition Forum at 3DPB.com.

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