As part of NYCxDesign 2018, our friends at MakerBot tapped 17 of New York City’s best industrial designers to participate in a 30-day design challenge around the concept of 3D Printing for Smarter Living. To help them prototype and develop the smartest possible object in just 30 days, MakerBot generously gifted each team a MakerBot Replicator and a few rolls of filament.
All 15 teams unveiled their hard work on May 17th at MakerBot’s headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, where three teams took home $500 in Voodoo print credit, and only one team took home a whopping $2000 in Voodoo print credit.
These designers have the chops for remarkable and innovative physical products, and we have the chops to manufacture great ideas at volume. We were blown away by what these competitors accomplished with a single printer, so we can’t wait to see what the winners do with (more than) 200 3D printers and a whole lot of printing credit at their disposal. Check out all the design submissions below!
Grand Prize for Best Overall Design: The oVo Clip-On Wheels by Juhi Solanki
Grand Prize for Best Overall Design: The oVo Clip-on Wheels by Juhi Solanki combines a PLA clip with a set of small wheels that are sturdy enough to support large foam core boards. Printed as a single piece, the wheels allow for easy transport and display of signs or posters without looking bulky, and the clip’s high-tension material is extremely durable.
Best Design for 3D Printing: The MUJI Pen Holder by James Connors
Best Design for 3D Printing: The MUJI Pen Holder by James Connors is a clever desk organization solution for the busy artist or writer. Consisting of a 3D printed stand, ring, and hook-shaped pen caps, it displays pens neatly and can even be customized with different colored hooks for ultimate color-coding.
Most Original Design: The Dustpan & Brush Reimagined by Logan Good and Alyssa Burris
Most Original Design: The Dustpan & Brush Reimagined by Logan Good and Alyssa Burris is a modern, ergonomic take on the classic household item. The designers utilized a unique 3D printed geometry to mold the bristles directly to the brush, allowing the tool to not only look sleeker than a traditional broom, but also leave behind less dirt and dust while cleaning.
Best Iterative Design Story: The BLADESNAP by Yuval Philipson
Best Iterative Design Story: The BLADESNAP by Yuval Philipson is a 3D printed safety utility knife that combines stylish design with function and practicality. Consisting simply of a clamshell assembly, bolt and spring, safety guard, and blade, the BLADESNAP can easily be mass-produced, and has the potential to make many people’s jobs significantly safer.
The Cup With a Hole Through It by Kyle Laidlaw
The Cup With a Hole Through It from Kyle Laidlaw smartly stores objects both vertically and horizontally. The seemingly simple design makes the most of its small form (and frees up cherished counter space) with a tunnel for handy horizontal storage of objects like toothbrushes, and plenty of vertical space to store bigger items like toothpaste. The 3D printed plastic is easy to clean and totally unaffected by moisture, making it the perfect bathroom or kitchen storage solution.
The Flyer Birdhouse by Nicholas Baker
Easily attaching to urban utility poles via screws, nails, or zip ties, the Flyer Birdhouse by Nicholas Baker adds a touch of nature to city life, giving birds a safe place to nest and imparting beauty onto what is normally an eyesore.
The Trouble Light by Dan Grossman
Dan Grossman’s Trouble Light features a 3D printed shade that snaps into a flashlight-like base, and can either hang or stand upright on a surface to light your workspace in whatever way you see fit.
The Portable Photo Booth by Deren Guler
The Portable Photo Booth by Deren Guler attaches to a PopSocket to create an impromptu tripod for your phone. The lightweight but sturdy 3D printed frame can accommodate different phone models, letting anyone take flawless top-down photos that are perfect for Instagram.
The Fire Escape Bird House by James Krause
Yet another 3D printed birdhouse in the mix, the Fire Escape Bird House by James Krause emphasizes safety for both birds and humans by preventing fire hazards. Designed to clip onto the railing of a fire escape or similar structure, the birdhouse features a simple hook, perch, and removable base with a drainage hole.
The hndl by Pedro Mendes
The hndl by Pedro Mendes introduces a more sanitary and comfortable way to ride the subway. The portable hndl attaches to poles and ceiling rails at various heights, allowing users to get a firm grip without actually touching the germ-infested objects.
The Great American Clip Hanger by Rama Chorpash
Rama Chorpash’s Great American Clip Hanger consists of seven 3D printed parts that snap together to transform flimsy wire hangers into durable storage solutions. This product encourages people to reuse their hangers—which, when combined with the clips, become sturdy enough to hold heavier items of clothing—rather than throw them away.
Primitive Keychains by Jung Soo Park and Adam Wrigley
The Primitive Keychains designed by Jung Soo Park and Adam Wrigley store keys in style with fun 3D printed shapes and hidden magnets that are embedded during the 3D printing process, allowing you to seamlessly attach your keychain to any metal surface.
The Pixel Light by Joseph Morris
The Pixel Light by Joseph Morris is a networked LED that works in tandem with other Pixel Lights; touch one on or off, and you control the whole series.
The Super Hooks Adapter and Socket by Lizz Hill
The Super Hooks Adapter and Socket by Lizz Hill adds another dimension to the popular “super hook” by incorporating 3D printed parts that are decorative, stable, and functional. The adaptor holds weight and the socket fits multiple wall-mounted devices without requiring the use of any tools.
The 3DBK Wall Organizer by Will Haude
The 3DBK Wall Organizer by Will Haude easily mounts onto a wall to hold all of your essentials in one place: keys, phone, watch, you name it. Outfitted with hooks, slots, and shelves, this 3D printed storage solution transforms the jumbled mess of your pocket or purse into a streamlined system where your items are ready to grab when you need them, and neatly placed away when you don’t.
Inspired by the awesome products in this article? Remember that with our Direct Print and Fulfilled By Voodoo services, it’s never been easier to start or scale a business selling 3D printed products online.
And unlike other 3D printing and fulfillment services, Voodoo has the ability to create assembled products, post-process parts, use custom packaging, and hold inventory for integrated functional parts (think: bottle openers, magnets, hardware, etc.). In other words, it’s no holds barred when it comes to those crazy ideas. When you’re ready to launch your microbrand, let us know here.