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Enabling the Future 3D Printing Challenge: Win an Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer

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 “There is no end to how many ways you can practice Random Acts of Kindness by using your 3D printer to help someone else.

“Think local. Think global.”Jen Owen

Jen from Enabling the Future (a co-founder of e-NABLE) reached out to us recently regarding a challenge for students of all grades, spanning from kindergarten through the university level. While many contests include a long list of complex requirements, arduous approval on concepts, completion of difficult and detailed projects, and then waiting—this challenge not only sounds fun but is super easy as the e-NABLE Movement encourages everyone involved to become a RAKtivist, performing random acts of kindness as often as possible.

Students participating in the challenge are tasked only to create a one- to three-minute video, and the content should be centered around one question: “What would your school make with a 3D printer if you were to win?”

Great examples of ideas:

  • Joining forces with e-NABLE and designing new 3D printed hands and arms
  • Working with local zoos or veterinarians to design and 3D print prosthetics for injured animals
  • Creating musical instruments for kids in developing countries without access to such resources
  • Designing concepts for low-cost 3D printable homes
  • Fabricating 3D printed medical supplies and instruments

The first-place prize is an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer, to be given to the winning student’s school or classroom, where it will be shipped along with a bundle of 8 spools (750g each) of 3D Universe Terrafilum eco-friendly 3D printer filaments, 10 complete sets of 3D printed e-NABLE hand kit parts from e-NABLE volunteers that can be assembled by groups of students, 10 e-NABLE Hand Assembly Kits from 3D Universe, 3 Fully Assembled Demo Phoenix Hands, and a Signed “Official e-NABLE Innovator” Award Certificate.

Find out more about second and third prizes here.

The four steps to entering are as follows:

One – Create your one- to three-minute video.

Two – Upload your video to social media, with assistance from your teacher or supervisor if needed. Choose the social media used by your school, whether it might be Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Three – Tag each sponsor in your video, along with using the required hashtags. This step is critical to have your entry count! Hashtags that must be used:

  • #enablestemchallenge
  • #RAKTIVIST
  • #STEMeducation
  • #3Dprinting

Tag the sponsors as follows:

Four – Submit your entry by February 29th at 11:59 p.m., Pacific time, with a teacher or adult supervisor filling out the official entry form. Find out more about the contest here.

The contest is sponsored by:

Judges:

  • Jen Owen of e-NABLE
  • Jerry Simon of 3D Universe
  • Matt Griffin of Ultimaker

The deadline for video entries is February 29th, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. Winners are announced on March 9, 2020.

The global community of e-NABLE never ceases to surprise us with their efforts. And although the potential for innovation within the realm of 3D printing is infinite, e-NABLE already seems to have offered countless good deeds to the world by the way of delivering customized hand and arm prosthetics to those in need of replacement limbs, whether in Florida, Nigeria, Istanbul, or a multitude of other places.

What do you think of this news? Let us know your thoughts; join the discussion of this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com.

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