Toys. What crotchety old man is the only person in the world who doesn’t like’em? That guy? Well, he can gum his pudding in shame, because GrabCAD is putting on a challenge to 3D print a toy and they’re teaming up with Ultimaker to make it happen. The Ultimaker 3D printed toy design challenge is your chance to show what insanely awesome mechanism of play can be pushed through the renal artery, aka extruder, of an Ultimaker 3D Printer. The prize. Well, that would be an Ultimaker 3D printer, valued at $2210.

3D Printed Toy Design

To enter, just upload your creation to GrabCAD tagged with “ultimaker”. Models or model parts need to be 8.25 inches x 8.25 inches x 8.25 inches (21 x 21 x 21 cm) and uploaded as STL, STEP and native CAD file-formats. The model must be able to be 3D printed, but assembly of the toys is acceptable via snap fit, bolts, screws or glue. Creativity and overall coolness are the key factors here. They’re just getting started with the competition so jump in and show whatcha got!



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