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Ultimaker architect contest

 

We're open for entries! 

Presenting an idea, an architectural design or something as big as an urban project isn't easy. A scaled model can really help to get your idea across. But besides your main model, there is more needed to get your idea across vividly! An architect regularly uses various entourage sets to help bring these ideas and models to live. 

 

At Ultimaker we think that 3D printing can have a significant impact on the projects and daily routine of an architect. There is so much more you can focus and work on while the Ultimaker is doing the labor for you. We're happy to see many architects embrace this technology and elevate their business. But.. we think we could make your lives even a little bit easier! 

 

Because just like any manufacturing technique, 3D printing has design guidelines. Guidelines that can make the difference between a flawless 3D print and a troublesome 3D print. We figured we could help by providing free entourage sets for architects which are designed for 3D printing and are free to use for your projects. Think of theme-packs like vehicles for urban planning, people and trees. But I can imagine that which vehicles you need may depend on your project because European vehicles might be different from American vehicles, and within a certain city or building you may need different types of people. And this is where the contest comes in 💡

 

Separated in 3 segments we would like to ask for your help to design and provide the best entourage sets.

There are some rules though:

- One set should contain a minimum of 6 different models

- It should be designed for 3D printing, like no overhangs and it should be printable in single extrusion (without PVA).*

- It should be submitted in a 1:100 scale so it is easy to scale up or down depending on ones project

- You can submit as many entries as you want

- Ultimakers and the winning entries will be made available to use for free as entourage sets by Ultimaker

- You can only submit your own design

- It would be appreciated if your entourage set is based on real-world 'subjects' and if you add a descriptive title like 'American trucks and large vehicles'. 'People set walking' or 'Adults and kids'. 
- Each segment will run for a period of 3 weeks
- Got a submission? You can add an STL to your reply below. (It's also possible to add it to 3D files, make sure to add a link to the replies below. We only review the replies).

 

* -As an example, when designing our example vehicle set we initially had a little detail in each tire that represented a rim. A nice tough we thought. But upon printing, this little detail made the first layer unreliable and therefore the whole print. We removed the detail and can now run a full set without any concerns.


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Download: Ultimaker example Entourage - Vehicles.zip

 

The Start.

On June 18 we will be open for entries and we're looking forward seeing what you can do to help fellow architects. Each theme will run for 3 weeks.  When the contests are over, we will make sure the winning entries are available in this architect sub-forum and Ultimaker will continue to add to these entourage sets if necessary. Of course, we hope that everyone who submits a set will do the same.

We'll start with vehicles, then people and finally trees. 


The Prize.

So, what can you win?
In each contest, there are 2 prizes to win. 
First prize; a large filament pack. Containing 10 reels of filament; white PLA. 
Second prize, a small filament pack. Containing 5 reels of filament; white PLA. 

 

The Jury.

@Stefania Dinea and I, (@SandervG) are jury. We will look for the design for 3D printing element (remember, we want to make your life easier!) and your choice of design/subject, i.e., which set we think will be used most eventually.

 

 

 

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I am very glad you guys announced this 10 days in advance of entry submissions....gives me a chance to shift gears a bit....

 

Also, can the models be 'glueable' say a silhouette of a person standing with a round base to print separate to be glued for standing?

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I understand that @Stefania Dinea is a huge fan of glue so I would say yes. A small drop of glue to position a person on the street is a small sacrifice for a fast and reliable print. 

So I would think if you would go for a drop of glue, the base may not be necessary, but that would be totally up to you. Glue wouldn't kick you out of the competition for sure 🙂

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1 minute ago, SandervG said:

I understand that @Stefania Dinea is a huge fan of glue so I would say yes

That is why I asked. And, it made for really nice prints of the people she printed and stood up. Yes, I read all of her posts. I am not an architect, but I taught enough of them and interior designers to really learn a lot from them.

 

Thanks for the clarification!! 🙂

 

 

 

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Cool! 🙂 Any type of printer, it doesn't need to be an Ultimaker. Our goal is to help architects by making a library available of useful entourage sets that they can use reliably for there scaled models. The most 'basic' would be a single extrusion printer, so that is what I would recommend focussing on. 

 

That is why the design for 3D printing is important too, so you can start 3D printing a set without any worries. 

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The type of printer shouldn't be an excuse, if you can print it on a low end printer you can absolutely print it on an UM2 and above. Some things may require PVA however how you, as a designer, chose to find a work-around will make the difference - a difference that will be seen later on in time and money.Glue, or other types of  fixing are all welcomed, however i would recommend they be specified if they are very creative 😉

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It's Monday June 18, which means we are open for entries! 

 

The vehicle theme will last for 3 weeks. After vehicles, we'll introduce a new theme. (Clue; it's going to be people). 

@slspencer , in terms of guidelines, make sure there is a stable footprint. See my example about the rims in the wheels in the vehicles. 

 

On 6/7/2018 at 9:54 AM, SandervG said:

* -As an example, when designing our example vehicle set we initially had a little detail in each tire that represented a rim. A nice tough we thought. But upon printing, this little detail made the first layer unreliable and therefore the whole print. We removed the detail and can now run a full set without any concerns. 

 

It is recommended to upload your models in a 1:100 scale, that makes it easy to up or downscale to your project's size.

Try not to make any details smaller than 1mm. This may become a problem on a smaller scale and may compromise the reliability.

By default we have set 45º as an angle where Cura initiates support material. So try to keep it below that angle, no support=better. 

 

And as a free tip; sets based on real-life examples are probably most wanted 🙂

 

Edit: As Ultimaker we also made an example entourage set, to be used freely as inspiration, reference or for any projects you're working on. Every vehicle can be printed reliably on its side. Scale is 1:100 and the design is simple enough for a single extrusion 3D printer. 

Download: Ultimaker example Entourage - Vehicles.zip

 

 

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@slspencer looking forward seeing your entries! And I'm happy to hear the example set was helpful. I also think they're pretty good. Depending on your choice of vehicles you want to submit, you could add some more details to your designs or leave some out. As long as it's reliable to print.

 

Here is another tip from our example set, in case you might miss it:

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If you look at the wheels, they look perfectly normal and round from the (out)side, but if you enable X-Ray view in Cura you can see that we've actually worked around the overhang by adding slopes. Just one of the possibilities to make them easier to print. 

 

Looking forward to the entries! 🙂

 

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