Prepare to run over and shake someone’s face skin. The contest of the year is here with a list of prizes you just won’t believe. T-Splines has launched the Make the World a Better Place contest and since they are making the world a better place with freeform modeling software like T-Splines for Rhino and tsElements for SolidWorks, it’s completely appropriate. They have five categories with over $15,000 in prizes to shell out to the winners. Ready to get your T-Points on?

The T-Splines Design Contest 2011, Make the World a Better Place, is designed to promote the creation of new and innovative 3D designs using T-Splines for Rhino and tsElements for SolidWorks. All design entries should reflect the theme of the contest, demonstrating a potential to improve the world in some way.

New and innovative 3D designs? Shouldn’t be a problem for the caliber of readers here on SolidSmack. Here are the contest details in brief. You can get all the gritty contest details on the T-Splines contest site.


  • Architecture
  • Transit
  • Jewelry
  • Consumer products
  • Miscellaneous

Submission requirements

  1. Model: Final model can be a T-Splines, Rhino, or SolidWorks file.
  2. Render(s): Include a final render (up to 5) of the model.
  3. Explanation: Write up an explanation of your design.

Each design will be judged by a panel of experts based on the following criteria:

  1. Design – 33%
  2. Model – 50%
  3. Render – 17%

Various prizes across the categories include:

  • SolidWorks (standard) license
  • KeyShot 2
  • Matrix 7 (Includes Rhino and T-Splines)
  • EvoluteTools for Rhino
  • tsElements for SolidWorks
  • V-Ray for Rhino
  • iPad 2 with Wi-Fi (16 GB)
  • SpacePilot Pro Mouse
  • 3D Print of models
  • T-Splines T-Shirt

Helmet created in Rhino/T-Splines by Joaquin Laborda of Trum Design (pdf)


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