I know you have dreams. Not the one where you’re falling and wake up floating, then realize you’re just falling the wrong way and then you wake up. Not that one.

The dream I speak of is the one where you go to New York City, set up a giant platform at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and showcase a single furniture piece… rotating… in a spotlight… and free popcorn. Shapeways could make that dream come true. For the first time, they are holding a design contest to get your design in front of the thousands at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Here’s how to make it happen.

To enter:

  • Create a contemporary designs using 3D printing for the part, or the entirety of the design
  • Upload your model to Shapeways with the tag “ICFF11” before the 17th of April 2011
  • Your entry must cost under $400 to 3D print excluding mark-up and VAT
  • Upload a full color render as preview

Design tips:

  • The primary product categories are:
    • Furniture
    • Lighting
    • Accessories
    • Materials
    • Seating
    • Kitchen and Bath
    • Textiles
    • Wall Coverings
    • Carpet and Flooring
    • Outdoor Furniture
  • “Sandstone” is going to be the cheapest material followed by “White Strong and Flexible”
  • Approximate size will be 5x5x5in (13x13x13cm)
  • You can scale your design down to fit the price
  • Here’s an example of a chair design on Shapeways that almost meets the criteria
  • Here is an example of previous ICFF editors award entries

As always with Shapeways, the winner retains all rights to their I.P. and even though the contest doesn’t include an all expense paid trip to ICFF, you’ll get your idea in front of quite a few people. If you enter anything, let us know in the comments so we can have a look! …if ya don’t mind. Good luck!!


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.