Do you have some great 3D printable designs, falling under the category of men’s fashion, that you’ve just been itching to release — but you need some motivation? Pinshape has hatched a plan to see some of these unrealized ideas in a contest designed just to get your designs from the closet to their site — and possibly Amazon in the end.
Billing itself as the “iTunes of 3D printing,” where designers, makers, and customers connect, the website Pinshape is hosting a 3D Printed Men’s Fashion Contest that continues until January 11, 2015. 2015? Wait, is that right? Yes, 2015 is just around the corner (the contest ends in just 34 days!), so why not get with the times and let us see some of those 3D printable men’s designs some of you have been keeping in the closet? Cuff links, money clips, eye glasses, belt buckles, rings,
The contest guidelines are simple. A designer can submit as many designs as they want so long as they meet the contest guidelines that entries aren’t weapons related or sexually explicit, don’t promote hatred or violate third party rights, and are 3D printable. If you haven’t got any new ideas for this contest yet, you may want to hurry and come up with something fast because Pinshape is offering some great awards to winners. The day after the contest ends, winners will be announced, with prizes sent out very soon after. The first place winner gets a Flux 3D printer, a Swiftpoint GT Mouse, an In Case Of cabinet, a 2 month subscription to Nerd Block, social social media coverage, and Pinshape will sell the winning designs on Amazon. Second and third place winners get $100 of Pinshape credit, their designs sold on Amazon by Pinshape, and social media coverage.
Speaking of social media, this has lots to do with your standing in the contest. The first and second place winners are decided after the top 10% most liked entries have made it to the finals. Also, Pinshape has on hand two more judges, including Francis Bitonti, lead designer of Francis Bitonti Studio — “emerging designer of jewelry, bags, and accessories” — and clothing designer Dana Lee. While contest participants are busy getting all their friends to “like” their entries enough to get them into the finals — the two judges will each be able to choose one entry for the finals as well.
Criteria for the finalists include: design quality, innovation, and printing ease of entry; entry’s marketability (price and utility); and entry’s presentation (settings needed to print, tags, background/inspirational story). All of these factors will decide contest winners: so don’t be shy. If you can abide by the rules, you can enter as many designs as you have available. Make sure your friends “Like” the entries on the Pinshape website, and wait and see if you are one of the lucky winners. What could be easier!
Are you entering this contest? Let us know about your entry over at the 3D Printed Men’s Fashion Competition forum thread at 3DPB.com!