FATHOM partnered with GrabCAD and SolidProfessor in hosting three open design competitions comprising 2015 Make The Unmakeable Challenge. Each round of the challenge dared designers and engineers to innovatively utilize the unique design freedom of additive manufacturing in creating inventive products related to a specific theme.
With the recent conclusion of the third round, the Make The Unmakeable Challenge finalists are now set—check out the interviews and tell us who you think should win the grand prize:
- Devin Sidell and the Grow Pod concept
- Winston Jennings and the Sphere Wall Mount design
- Casey Rogers and the Quadcopter Universal Gripper Accessory design
The winners move into direct competition for the title of Make The Unmakeable Champion, and the Grand Prize, a uPrint SE professional-grade 3D printer, detailed below.
The uPrint SE, a favorite amongst professionals in the design and engineering communities, will provide the winner with the capacity to create functional prototypes and end-use parts with high degrees of durability and accuracy.
Grand Prize—The uPrint SE 3D Printer
An FDM-based printer, the uPrint SE is one of the most compact printers offered by Stratasys, ideal for desktop designing and quick turnaround times. Coming in at a total size of 25 x 26 x 31 inches and 168 pounds, the uPrint SE doesn’t require any dedicated production space—plug and print!
Capable of producing parts as large as 8 x 6 x 6 inches in a wide range of colors, the uPrint SE uses one of the most prevalent 3D printing thermoplastics on the market, the ABS family of plastics. In addition to 3D printing models in highly-precise .010 inch layers of ABS, the uPrint SE has a second extrusion tip dedicated to 3D printing a soluble support material. This will allow the MTUC winner to print more complex and detailed designs without having to worry about breaking away support material.
The uPrint SE can also easily pair with larger 3D printers like the Fortus 450mc to support larger-scale production needs, so if the MTUC winner has eyes on creating a 3D printing syndicate, they’ll be well on their way!