Made in 3D Challenge

Wednesday Sept 21: Challenge Entries ended on Sunday, the 3DVIA Team is currently Judging the entries. We will post a new blog shortly announcing the Winner! Good luck to all participants!

Thursday Sept 22: We appologize for the delay in the announcement of the Winner and 2 finalists of the Made in 3D Challenge. The Judges are fiercly, but politely weighing their favorites. A second round of voting began today, and we expect to publish the winner on Friday Sept 23.

Friday Sept 23: The winner has been announced! Find out who it is here: Made in 3D Winner!

Dassault Systèmes is proud to present the Made in 3D Challenge, a 3D print ready design contest opened to the global designer community!

Announced today at the Cumulus Conference “Crossing Talents” in France, the Made in 3D Challenge invites designers to submit their best 3D models in one of three categories: Mechanical Design, Architectural and Ergonomic Function. The challenge is open to all 170 design, architectural and art colleges from around the world, as well as any members with a free 3DVIA Account.

The best overall model will win an iPad2 as well as a 3D Print of the winning model, bringing the concept to reality. The winner will be featured with his/her design in TL Magazine, a quarterly magazine dedicated to innovative talent, materials and trends in the field of design, fashion, retail and urban environments. TL Magazine is  printed in both French and English.

Additionally, the two runner ups will also receive 3D Prints of their models!

We will pick the best entry in each category. Judging will be carried out by members of 3DVIA, DS Design Studio and TL Magazine.

What is a Print Ready Design?
A model created to be 3D printed will need to have a few guidelines that vary from models just used in visual media.  Here are some useful guidelines to follow:
– The model must have volume or wall thickness if interior spaces are shown. Minimum wall thickness of 1mm.
– The model should be stable. You may need to consider a stand or base for certain models.
– Keep in mind object scale. You will be printing in a maximum of 15cm x 15cm x15cm volume. Scale appropriately!
– You model file, plus associated textures (when zipper), must not exceed 25mb.
– Keep an eye on your surface direction or normals before you export.

Come and test your mettle against the best of our community for a chance at fame and fortune. Winners will recieve all the acclaim of being one of our Challenge Champions. A special page will be created with your winning entry, and you will also be featured in our newsletter, letting everyone know who the Champion is.

Are you the next Champion?

View the Current Models Entered in this Challenge


Friday, May 20, 2011 through Sunday, September 18, 2011

Monday September 19, 2011 through Tuesday September 20, 2011

Wednesday September 21, 2011


A summary of the terms and conditions is included here.


1a. You must be a registered user of
3DVIA accounts are free, sign up here.

1b. No age restriction.

1c. DS 3DVIA employees involved in the organization of this contest (including their family members) and members of any agencies involved in the organization of this contest (including their families) are not eligible.


2a. You must upload one (1) model by Sunday September 18, 2011.
Starting on Friday, May 10, 2011 through Sunday, September 18, 2011, upload your best model to 3DVIA. Only new to 3DVIA and original work will be considered, 1 submission per user. NO team entries.

2b. You must tag your 3D model with “madein3d”.
Tag your model with the keyword “madein3d” – you must use this exact tag to enter (the tag is not case-sensitive). When you add this tag to your model, you will see a pop-up reminder that you must have read and agreed to the 3DVIA website Terms of Use.

2c. Models created using the 3DVIA Shape software which constitute derivative works reproducing existing models created by third parties under the Creative Commons license are eligible for this contest.
More information about Creative Commons can be found at and, with respect to the existing licenses, at

2d. Models created using the 3DVIA PrintScreen software or any other software that copies existing 3D models, as well as creations containing any third party proprietary elements are not eligible for this contest.


3a. By uploading your model to enter the contest, you are granting DS and DS Subsidiaries certain rights regarding how your model may be used to help promote 3DVIA in the marketplace.


4a. A jury made up of 3DVIA, DS Design Studio and TL Magazine representatives will judge each model from 1-10 (10 being the best score) based on the models design, technical merit and originality.

If more than one model receives the same score, each model with the same score will be designated as a Winner and will receive the same prize.

4b. The winner will be announced on the web site on Wednesday September 21, 2011.

4c. Decisions of the 3DVIA representatives are final.

View the Current Models Entered in this Challenge

7 Responses »

  1. Hi Juan,
    Please let me know if 3DPLM Software employees participate in this competition?


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