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It is with all the excitement of a child being praised by parents that I write you about having my 3D print featured. It could be thought of as a small honor with a 10% to 20% chance of being selected from recent peer work, but it sure makes me feel good.

With the photo displayed so prominently in the banner, it's like I got three gold stars from the teacher for my essay on 3D printers, lol. Add to that the fact that, at 49 years young, I am in my second childhood right now.

I really believe that this and the contest being run, and other types of modest rewards help keep people excited about 3D printing. How about more such selections in areas like most practical, most imaginative, most meaningful, most medical, etc. each month?

Just an idea!


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Ha! Congratulations!!

You should be proud, because there usually is a lot of competition!

I think those other selections are pretty hard to judge, how do you envision this?

This implementation based on likes / preference from the community is pretty straight forward.

I have been playing with something like a hall of fame kinda concept, where some users with certain achievements would be featured and like the most popular prints, this could be in different categories and could be manually moderated / curated.

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Hi Sander, I guess you want to reward both persistence and merit so that if someone keeps on trying but never seems to quite make the grade, that is it's own rewarding category. Then categories for the various themes of merit, as voted up by the membership. Maybe propose an initial list and ask people to prune / expand the list.

Ultimaker specific categories should be included but not take up too many slots so that people with other printers are welcome.

Then it's a matter of judging which as you mention can be community based. There can be short term as well as long term rewards, or perhaps once a week and a vote-off monthly maybe.

Then once a year there could be an annual competition including both voting of previous winners to become the annual super-winner of each category and a meta-competition. The annual process and results can be written up by those among us who are writers into a presentation for consumption by those outside of Ultimaker forums as an annual "Best of Ultimaker" type thing.

Make that annual thing a celebration and actually you know what? Rather than have the celebration later, let's kick the whole thing off with the first annual montly competition because there's never a reason to delay a party / celebration! It can be in July for Christmas in July and Independence Day as borrowed from our USA members and recognized globally as a celebration of freedom, how's that?


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