About NewMuseumChallenge

Showcasing the endless possibilities of the Thing-O-Matic, the New Museum MakerBot Challenge is open to the entire creative community. Embodying the New Museum’s mission of “New Art, New Ideas,” this interactive and experiential Challenge aims to push the concept of the “derivative,” by improving on or personalizing established design conventions. From the banal toothbrush to complex bicycle gears, how can 3D printing help to develop the world around us?

One winning design will be printed on a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic on display in the New Museum’s Store window. The winning designer will receive a New Museum Deluxe membership ($400 value), a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic® Kit ($1299 value), and a special invitation to the New Museum MakerBot Challenge launch party.

Five runner-ups will have their designs printed by MakerBot and sent to them.


  1. If you are not already registered, sign up for an account at Thingiverse.com
  2. Upload your 3D files, and tag them with NewMuseumChallenge by October 31, 2011
  3. In the description, write a statement about your design. What is the design a derivative of? How does it improve on or challenge existing design conventions? How does it utilize the unique ability of 3D printing to personalize and improve on the world around us?


  1. Designs may be one single part or multiple parts that are each smaller than 4 x 4 x 4 ¾ in (100 x 100 x 120 mm) and printable on a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic.
  2. Different parts can be made in white, yellow, orange, red, UV reactive red, UV reactive nuclear green, camping green, blue, black, and glow-in-the-dark.
  3. The design may require multiple builds, however no more than three builds are allowed.
  4. Designs may include other parts like screws or LEDs but keep in mind the jurors will be looking for designs that utilize 3D printing's ability to empower everyone to download, print and use the design.

A team from MakerBot, Rhizome, and the New Museum will select the final designs.