In June 2013, cartridgesave.co.uk challenged the north west's most talented creatives to embrace 3D design and create an all-action 3D character.
The characters came in thick and fast, with some wild and wacky designs, all battling to win the coveted cartridgesave.co.uk 3D challenge cup AND a Makerbot 2X desktop 3D printer, worth over £2,000.
We printed out all the entries with our Makerbot Replicator 2X and then we all met up in Manchester's Northern Quarter to determine the most deserving winners in a battle-to-the-end, fun 'Top Trumps' style 3D face-off!
The best overall entry went to Jonathan Salter – for 'Brooke and Pacu', which made the best use of the 3D print technology with colourful design aesthetics.
The 3D Print Cup was so successful; we're bringing it back next May, full details to be announced.
It was simple really. We just wanted creatives to design their ultimate action hero. We didn't put any limits on their imagination other than the maximum volume build. We also asked them to give their creation powers by allocating 'Top Trump' style points to five core skills: intelligence, strength, speed, agility and fighting skills.
In return we: printed out the design using the market-leading, cutting-edge 3D technology - the Makerbot Replicator 2X; hosted a launch party, complete with a free bar and a drop-in session giving entrants some first hand experience of 3D printing; and then we returned the designs to their owners to paint them before being judged by a panel of industry experts.
All the hard work everyone put in culminated in a bad-ass, awards-cum-networking event where we determined the most deserving winners, and put their powers to the test in our old-skool 'Top Trumps' style tournament played with limited edition cards made from the collective entries.
We awarded our winners a trophy in each of the following categories:
BEST CHARACTER (OVERALL WINNER) - Jonathan Salter - his design of 'Brooke and Pacu' merged the very best of the 3D print technology with design aesthetics.
BEST TEAM - Manchester based Kilogramme scooped the Best Team crown with their space traveling entry 'Mechputin'
BEST INDIVIDUAL - Ross Phillips for his effective character with removable top design
BEST STUDENT - Jamie Carr of Futureworks with her dino-themed character Snagglechomp.
TOP TRUMPER OF THE EVENING - Matt Geeling out-battled all other rivals to come out on top.
3D printing technology has been celebrated as hailing the next industrial revolution, as the concept of mass-production is rendered obsolete.
It has been made both famous and infamous by Mr Wilson, the creator of The Liberator - the world's first firable 3D gun.
But more than anything it's the future of creative arts, with the MakerBot Replicator 2X setting a new standard in 3D printing.
The fourth generation machine, launched in January 2013 by the Brooklyn based manufactor, is a desktop printer offering a resolution capability of 100 microns and a massive 410 cubic inch build volume.
But more than that, it is the most experimental version within the Makerbot range - offering an advance on the more ubiquitous 2 model. As a result it also includes: a completely enclosed build area, dual-extruder support, the ability to print with ABS plastic with a heated aluminum build platform, a redesigned extruder that improves reliability, plus software support for these features.
And it's yours to win…
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