Designers meet 3D Printing Challenge

Call for participants!
Fablab Venice, in collaboration with Wasp, an Italian manufacturer of 3D printers, new appointment with design and digital prototyping. The second edition of the contest is calling upon designers and creatives to design a piece of furniture or a complement that can interpret the most out of printing on large format 3D.

The presence in our laboratory a printer Wasp Delta 3m, can print objects up to one cubic meter, will give the opportunity to touch and learn how to work in relation to this type of innovative machines.
An opportunity to test their skills on some of the most interesting issues for contemporary design and talk in person with the possibilities of digital manufacturing.

The 3D printer in fact, born as rapid prototyping technology in industrial contexts, is spreading increasingly in various fields, from design to cuisine. Its innovative potential and possible future developments and applications are still incredible.
In the field of industrial design, in particular, the use of new 3D large format printers that can print entire furnishing items in a short time, at low cost and remarkable economy of material, is of particular interest and could be able, in the near future, to revolutionize the processes of production and marketing of design.

The appointment is then inserted within a larger reflection on the new frontiers of the project of decorative objects and accessories and the search trends and testing of Wasp. The possibilities of the economy maker, theorized by the Italian and presented at the last edition of the Maker Faire Rome, push themselves to the conceptualization and implementation of new ways of living and building the newspaper, in a scenario in which everything from home furnishings to both printed in 3d or made with innovative technologies and open source mentality.

The challenge of the structure provides an intensive design day during which the designers and creative people will be called to develop the project of an object of original furnishings that values and uses consciously the potential and limitations of printing technology 3d hot filament, coming to modeling, communication, and prototyping scale model.
All projects developed will be evaluated by a panel that will decide the best results. The winning project will be implemented in full scale using the printer DeltaWasp 3m.

The challenge will take place on July 1, 2017, at Fablab Venice (Via della Libertà 12, Port Building Innovation at Vega Science and Technology Park of Venice Porto Marghera).
Participants will be engaged for 12 consecutive hours, from 9.00 to 21.00.

To participate send a mail to by 23 June 2017.
The participation fee is € 15 and includes dinner (pizza) and printing in PLA 1:10 designed object.
The maximum number of participants is 12.

notebook PCs installed with Rhinoceros (or other 3d modeling program of your choice) and software for slicing Care, version 2.5.
Basics of modeling.

1st place: 500 credits * and full-scale release of their projects
2nd place: 200 credits *
3rd place: 100 credits *
* Credits are the FabLab domestic currency (one credit is equivalent to one euro) and can be used in ‘ use machines or to attend one of the courses / workshops organized by the laboratory.

h. 9 – 9:15 Welcoming of the participants
h. 9.15 – 10 Brief Introduction to the Economy Maker, 3D printing and design tips
h. 10 – 16:45 Development of the project and the 3d model
h. 13.30 Lunch at Fablab
h. 16:45 Preparing files for prototyping
h. 17 Prototyping
h. 19 Exposure to the jury and the participants of the project proposals
h. Pizza 20
h. 21 Awards & Goodbye


notebook PCs installed with Rhinoceros (or other 3d modeling program of your choice) and software for slicing Care, version 2.5.
Basics of modeling.

1. The competition is open to all designers who have come of age.
2. Everyone develops their own project, you can not make a team work.
3. Each will have to bring their own computers and possess basic knowledge of the three-dimensional modeling.
4. The designer will be expected to follow the guidelines for the design, taking into account the characteristics, intended as limitations / opportunities, manufacturing through 3D printing.
5. The jury will select the most deserving project. The opinion of the jury is final.
6. The project chosen by the jury will be carried out in real scale of Wasp and exhibited at events in Italy or abroad.
7. The contestant maintains all rights to economic use of the proposed project.

Driving and design tips Lines
• Installation area: 1m cube.
• Ergonomics and functionality of the object (possibility: achieving ergonomics multifunction models, the furniture usability in cultural-socio-economic multiple contexts).
• Possibility of modularity and / or scalability of the model.
• Economical in terms of implementation (time machine, amount extruded material).
• Possibility of use in different contexts and cultures (even where there are no facilities and materials are used of the place, for example in developing countries).
• Reproducibility through 3D printing of large format:
– avoid the use of supports, ie supports commonly used in 3D printing to
hold the model in the case of forms cantilever;
– to evaluate the maximum angles of inclination of the walls of the model with respect to vertical depending on the extruded material and shape choice.
• Consider that the model may have different percentages and filling forms (understood as a grid of internal stiffening that is generated during the generation of the machine code through the software Care and not in the modeling phase).
• The model should be constituted by a single component.
• Reproducibility through the use of various materials (dense fluid compounds deposited cold or after a merger or materials that will be used in the new Wasp printer).
• The minimum thickness of a wall of the model necessary for the full-scale printing must be 3 mm (thickness of the nozzle Wasp printer).

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Criteria Jury evaluation
The winner is chosen considering a number of factors, individually rated on a scale of 1 to 5:
• Functionality / Ergonomics
• 3D modeling
• Evaluation of the success of the prototype
• Cost of prototype
• Interpretation of the theme / Creativity / Originality – Reproducibility through the use of various materials – final presentation

You can download the poster, call and information about the event here .

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