Have you ever looked at an intricately designed toy or a detailed coffee mug, and wondered how many germs were hiding in those hard-to-get-to places where you can’t squeeze a sponge in or even dig at with a fingernail? That’s enough to ruin relaxation at play time or coffee time, and when it comes to 3D printing and all the layers involved, there are plenty of places for Joe Germ to hide. Our only comment for the Purement filament team is, “what took you so long?”
It really takes the fun out of things to spend so much time and effort on a 3D printed model only to have that nagging worry as to whether or not it’s really safe to have around your child and home. Purement offers a focus on safety–for the classroom, at home, or while cooking with 3D printed utensils. Its unique material is a repellant for germs, causing them to run for cover rather than perching on your kid’s gaming figurines or your toothbrush holder.
Purement is a new premium antimicrobial filament produced by South Korea’s Books & Kimchi (BnK)–a company that realizes how important it is to integrate 3D printing into the educational system, but with safety. Schools are, as we all know, challenged enough by the everyday cold and flu germs which seem to circulate on a never-ending basis. With Purement, germs are forced out. The material has been certified by the SIAA, antimicrobial registered by the FDA and the ROHS Test, who verified ‘it contains no harmful organic substances and is an eco-friendly product that has consistent anti-bacterial effects.’
In line with their focus on education and seeing everyone get on board with 3D printing, Purement is teaming up with MyMiniFactory for the Purement 3D Design Competition that asks for designs centered around the anti-bacterial theme. Printability, functionality, and aesthetics are all elements to consider with your design, which could win you a prize of $600 for first place, $300 for second, and $100 for third. Not only that, but the first 100 entries will receive a free spool of Purement filament.
The people will decide the fate of your design, so keep your audience in mind, as the owner of the design with the most downloads from MyMiniFactory will be the one dancing the victory jig. It’s recommended that you design something smart, while still aiming for beauty, functionality, and appeal. You may enter as many times as you like, but make sure to submit designs with multiple parts as .stl files with instructions as to how they connect together.
To enter your design:
Simply upload your 3D design file by pressing the ‘upload’ button. Your design must be 3D printable within a build volume of 18 x 18 x 18 cm. Don’t forget to include any special instructions.
The contest opened on May 14th and you have up until June 1st to submit as many designs as you’d like. Voting will take place on June 8th, with a winner being decided on June 29th.
Is this a contest you are interested in entering? Discuss your thoughts on both the contest and this new anti-bacterial filament in the Purement 3D Design Contest forum thread over at 3DPB.com.