EngineerVsDesigner is teaming up with Makerbot Industries to bring you the first ever Absurd iPhone Accessory Design Contest! Have the perfect, insanely odd (or otherwise crazy) idea in your brain cage ready to spew forth? If so, you’ll be in the running to win a brand new, hot off the presses, Makerbot Replicator with a retail value of $1,999. Details? We got ’em! Hit it!

Absurd iPhone Accessory – Design the most absurd 3D-printable iPhone accessory and win a 2012 Makerbot Replicator worth $1,999! That’s right people: upload your ironic, backward, cynical, or comically self-defeating 3D designs in watertight STL format along with an image illustrating your masterpiece to with the tag ‘EvD’. Accomplish this by no later than March 19th 2012, and you’ll have your entry posted on the EvD blog, an interview on the podcast, and a chance to win that two-color-spittin’ prize-of-prizes, the Makerbot Replicator.
Submission Deadline:
March 19, 2012
Makerbot Replicator – pre-assembled, two-color 3D printer (retail $1,999)
Design Specs:
Design an absurd iPhone accessory.
(A digital iPhone 4 is available for reference here.)
To Apply:
Upload 3D-printable designs to with the tag ‘EvD’.
Entries will be judged by representatives from EvD and Makerbot Industries. Scoring will be based primarily on how hard we laugh when we see it.
Example Entries:
  • A giant hexapod robot with the head shaped like a skull where you put your iPhone. It walks around creepily AND plays back your music through a speaker in it’s tummy. (Bre Pettis)
  • The iPhone soup ladle! Nothing says “I’m rich!” like ruining an iPhone for no reason by dunking it in a gently simmering pot of soup!! (Adam O’Hern)
  • AN iPad dock ash pit!!! Lit with a fiery screenscape to give you memorable moments as your device charges. Rising from each side, MERMAIDS RISING FROM THE WAVES INTERTWINED WITH ROARING LIONS. (Josh Mings)


Josh is founder and editor at, 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.