Thingiverse Challenges

Countertop Challenge

Some people look at space and appreciate the emptiness; we look at space and see a blank canvas, awaiting inspiration. That’s where you come in! Your ideas will help us fill the empty space between your countertop and the bottom of your upper kitchen cabinets. The possibilities are endless: a custom holder for your utensils, task lighting, embedded sensors, or a weight sensing cutting board. What would you make?

Designs could be purely 3D printed accessories, with no additional components; or devices that are powered by your wall outlets or plugged into WiFi enabled, USB ports.

Upload your design to both the FirstBuild challenge page and Thingiverse. Use the hashtag #CountertopChallenge for a chance to be featured on the Thingiverse homepage and FirstBuild social media channels.

Based on feedback we have received in previous challenges we are doing the voting a little different this time! The top 10 entries coming from community votes will be joined by 10 entries selected by the FirstBuild/Thingiverse teams to advance to judging. The combined top 20 entries will be presented to our expert judges panel to select the winners!

The winners will be announced on April 20th.

Challenge Closed

Deadline: Mar 14, 2015 11:59 PM EDT

Total Entries: 437

Challenge Winners


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The first place Winner will be able to choose between receiving a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Generation) or MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer.

The second place Winner will receive a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer.

The third place Winner will receive three spools of MakerBot PLA filament, a Thingiverse t-shirt, and a FirstBuild t-shirt.

How to Enter

HOW: Design and upload creations to both FirstBuild and Thingiverse using hashtag #CountertopChallenge. Entries must be tagged #CountertopChallenge to be considered.

DURATION: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 12:00AM EST to Sunday, March 14, 2015 at 11:59PM EST. All entries must be received no later than Sunday, March 14, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.. Winners will be announced on April 20, 2015.

JUDGING: A combination of community votes and expert FirstBuild/Thingiverse judges will select the winners based on creativity and printability.

Official Rules


OFFICIAL RULES as defined by the co-sponsors: MakerBot Industries, LLC and Microfactory, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, “Sponsor”). The Contest will be run in connection Sponsor’s websites at http://www.thingiverse.com/challenges/countertopchallenge and http://www.firstbuild.com/tomas/countertop-challenge (collectively, the “Sites”).

CONTEST ENTRY DATES: Contest start date & time and end date & time as outlined on the Sites is Wednesday, 2/25/2015 at 12:00AM EST to Sunday, 3/14/2015 at 11:59PM EST. All entries must be received no later than 3/14/2015 at 11:59PM EST.

WHO MAY ENTER: Contest is only open to Site users who are 18 and over at the time of entry (“Contestant” or “Contestants”). Contestants are subject to all notices posted online, including but not limited to, the Terms of Use for Thingiverse.com and the Terms of Use for FirstBuild.com. Employees and their immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) or those living in the same household (whether or not related) of Sponsor, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers, distributors and advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, “Contest Parties”) are not eligible to enter or win.

Contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where is prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Residents of the province of Quebec in Canada, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Myanmar (Burma), or other individuals restricted by U.S. export controls and sanctions are ineligible to participate. The Contest is void in these countries and where prohibited or restricted by U.S. or local law.

CONTEST OBJECTIVE: The objective of the Contest is to invite Site users to create and upload a creative countertop kitchen tool design (“MakerBot Countertop Design”) that fits within the build volume of a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Generation) or MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer (“Entry” or “Entries”). All Entries must include a description of how and why the submitted MakerBot Countertop Design is useful or novel.

CONTEST ENTRY: To enter, Contestant must upload his or her MakerBot Countertop Design with the hashtag: #CountertopChallenge to each Site individually. If a Contestant does not upload his or her MakerBot Countertop Design to both Sites, the Entry will be disqualified. For purposes of these Official Rules, “receipt” of Entry occurs when each Site’s server records the Contestants’ Entry as received. Any automated computer receipt (such as one confirming delivery of entry) does not constitute proof of actual receipt by Sponsor for purposes of these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion.

JUDGING: The Sponsor will select a first, second, and third place winner (“Winner” or “Winners”) based on the following criteria: creativity and printability of the Countertop Challenge designs and ability to print successfully from a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Generation) or MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. The odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received. In the event of any ties, Winners will be determined based in the Sponsor’s sole discretion. In all cases, Sponsor’s decision is final and binding.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be determined after the Contest’s end date and announced on the MakerBot Blog (www.makerbot.com/blog) on Monday, April 20, 2015.

PRIZE(S): The first place Winner will be able to choose between receiving: (a) a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Generation) valued at $2,899.00 + tax USD or (b) MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer valued at $2,799.00 + tax. The second place Winner will receive a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer valued at $1,375.00 + tax. The third place Winner will receive: (a) three (3) spools of MakerBot PLA filament, with a retail value of up to $150.00, (b) a Thingiverse t-shirt valued at $20.00, and (c) a FirstBuild t-shirt valued at $20.00. Winners are solely responsible for all expenses, costs or fees associated with acceptance and/or use of the prize, including without limitation, all taxes (if any). A Winner is not a recipient of a prize until Sponsor has verified him or her as a Winner. Sponsor will be deemed to have awarded the prize to a Winner after it has been formally transferred and such Winner will then assume full responsibility for the prize(s). When shipping overseas, Winners are responsible for any and all fees associated with value added tax (VAT), taxes or customs. All prize selections are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: By entering in this Contest:

- Contestants agree and accept these Official Rules.

- Entry must be the creative work of the Contestant and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person and must not violate any law. Contestant assumes all responsibilities and consequences if submission is found to be otherwise. Sponsor will not be held responsible if legal action results from public exhibition.

- Contestant acknowledges that MakerBot will use 3D-printed prints of the winning MakerBot Countertop Designs and images of the winning 3D-printed prints of the winning MakerBot Countertop Designs for promotional and commercial purposes, including, but not limited to, events, marketing material, retail store displays, and use by distributors and resellers of products of Sponsor.

- Contestant waives any right to inspect or approve finished photographs, audio, video, multimedia, or advertising recordings and copy or printed matter or computer generated scanned image and other electronic media that may be used in conjunction therewith or to approve the eventual use that it might be applied.

- Winning constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use Winner’s name, images, hometown, likeness, prizes won, stories, audio, video and photograph (all at Sponsor’s discretion) for future advertising, exhibition, publicity in any and all media including, without limitation, cable and broadcast television and the Internet, now or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.

SUBMISSION PROBLEMS: Sponsor is not responsible for lost, misdirected, damaged, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete or delayed entries; all of which will be void. Additionally, Sponsor is not responsible for problems related to technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, computer hardware or software failures, or failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor on account of any technical problems, including miscommunication or connection failure, which may limit a Contestant’s ability to participate in this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to modify or terminate the Contest in the event it becomes technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend the Contest in its entirety should unauthorized intervention corrupt the administration of the Contest and, if terminated, at Sponsor’s discretion, determine the Winner using all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of cancellation using the judging procedure outlined above. In the event of a dispute regarding entries received from multiple users having the same email account, the authorized subscriber of the email account at the time of entry will be deemed to be the Contestant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the email address by the online service provider. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the operation of this Contest.

DATA PRIVACY: Data privacy and protection is very important to Sponsor. The privacy practices of this Contest are governed by the Thingiverse.com Privacy Policy and the privacy provision in the MakerBot.com Terms of Service.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ASSIGNMENT OF RIGHTS: Each design shall be ascribed a Secondary License as stipulated in the Thingiverse Terms of Use to allow for Sponsor’s use for marketing and promotional purposes. Sponsor shall have the exclusive authority to remove or retain entries and to repost on any of Sponsor’s websites or social media sites. By submitting an entry, Contestant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may obtain many submissions under this Contest and that such entries may be similar or identical in format to others submitted under this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or sponsored by Sponsor, and waive any and all claims Contestant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, and that any composition or design accepted, reviewed and/or used by Sponsor (or its respective designees) may be similar to his/her entry. Contestant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor does not have now, nor shall have in the future, any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of any copyright in and to Contestant’s entry.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By entering and/or accepting prize, Contestants and Winners agree to hold and assign Sponsor and its promotional partners, directors, officers, and employees harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property, relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this Contest, the acceptance and/or subsequent use or misuse or condition of any of the prizes awarded, or claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. Under no circumstances will Contestants be permitted to obtain awards for, and Contestants hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, and Contestant (or, if an eligible minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

CHOICE OF LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of Contestants and Sponsor in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of New York, USA without regard to New York choice of law rules.

SEVERABILITY: If any provision of these Official Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.

WINNERS LIST: Winners will be announced on the MakerBot Blog (www.makerbot.com/blog) on Monday, April 20, 2015.

SPONSOR ADDRESSES: MakerBot Industries, LLC, One MetroTech Center, 21st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201; Microfactory, Inc., 33 Brandeis Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 1