Challenge Closed

Deadline: Sep 24, 2013 11:59 PM EDT

Total Entries: 137

#backtoschool Challenge

Kids are back in school, and it's time to outfit them with the 3D printed things they need! Design a set of three 3D printable school supplies: a pencil case, a ruler, and a pencil topper. Click "Enter Challenge" and upload all three objects to the same Thing page between September 4th and September 24th for a chance to be a winner. Sets must be tagged #backtoschool to be considered. Make sure to read the Official Rules below!


Three winners will get FIVE spools of the newest MakerBot PLA filament, a Thingiverse t-shirt, prints of their set displayed in the MakerBot Store at 298 Mulberry Street in NYC, and their design featured on Thingiverse.

How to Enter

HOW: Click "Enter Challenge" and upload all three objects to the same Thing page between September 4th and September 24th for a chance to be a winner. Sets must be tagged #backtoschool to be considered.

DURATION: September 4-September 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM ET. Winners will be announced on September 30th.

JUDGING: There are three categories: Best Design, Most Useful, and Coolest. Best Design takes into account appearance and functionality. Most Useful is based any clever applications the designs may have. And Coolest is decided by the reaction of community and judges and "Wow" factor. All entries must have all three objects uploaded to the same Thing page. Sets must be tagged #backtoschool to be considered.

Official Rules

OFFICIAL RULES as defined by Thingiverse, LLC and its affiliate MakerBot Industries, LLC (collectively, "Sponsor").

CONTEST ENTRY DATES: Contest start date & time and end date & time as outlined on website is Wednesday, 9/4/2013 at 12:00PM EST to Tuesday, 9/24/2013 at 11:59PM EST. All entries must be received no later than 9/24/2013 at 11:59PM EST.

WHO MAY ENTER: Contest is only open to Thingiverse Account Holders who are 16 and over at the time of entry ("Contestant"). Contestants are subject to all notices posted online, including but not limited to, the Terms of Use for Thingiverse.com (Thingiverse, LLC). 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. Contestants under 18 years old must obtain written consent of a parent or legal guardian in order to be eligible to receive any prizes. Please see "ACKNOWLEDGMENT" in these Official Rules for details. 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 Thingiverse Account Holders to design a set of 3D-printable school supplies: (a) a pencil case, (b) a ruler, and (c) a pencil topper.

CONTEST ENTRY: To enter, upload the three (3) object designs to the same Thingiverse page. Each entry should be tagged with name "#backtoschool" to be considered. For purposes of these Official Rules, "receipt" of entry occurs when Thingiverse's server records the entry information resulting from Contestants' entry being 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: A panel of judges will subjectively pick winning designs based on physical appeal, utility, and creativity. A first place, second place, and third place winner will be selected. Odds of winning depend upon number of entries received. In event of a tie, winner will be determined based on the judges' discretion. In all cases, judges' decisions are final and binding.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be determined after the contest's end date and announced on the Sponsor's Blog on Monday, September 30! If a winner does not respond to the winner notification attempt within five (5) business days from the first notification attempt, then such winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected from among all eligible entries received based on the judging criteria described herein.

PRIZE: Three winners will get five (5) spools of the newest MakerBot PLA filament at the time of winner notification, a Thingiverse t-shirt, prints of their set displayed in the MakerBot Store at 298 Mulberry Street in New York, NY, and their design featured on Thingiverse. 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 s/he has been verified as a winner by Sponsor. Sponsor will be deemed to have awarded the prize to the winners after it has been formally transferred and such winners will then assume full responsibility for the prize. When shipping overseas, winners are responsible for any fees associated with 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 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 winners names, images, hometowns, likenesses, 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.

- After the winning notifications, written consent of acceptance of these Official Rules for any winner under the age of 18 must be given via electronic mail to legal@makerbot.com or via regular mail to Sponsor's address listed in these official rules ("Sponsor") within fifteen (15) business days, after which consent will be confirmed by Sponsor. The written consent must contain: (a) name, (b) regular mailing address, (c) telephone number, and (d) email address for the parent or guardian granting consent for the minor. Except where prohibited by law, parent or guardian of a winner may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release and provide any additional information that may be required by Sponsor. If required, parent or guardian of a winner must return all such required documents via fax (or as otherwise instructed) within forty-eight (48) hours and via U.S. Mail within seven (7) days following attempted notification or such winner will be deemed to have forfeited the prize and another Contestant may be selected based on the judging criteria described herein.

SUBMISSION PROBLEMS: Sponsor is not responsible for lost, misdirected, damaged, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete or delayed entries; all of which will be void. Sponsor are also not responsible for problems related to technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, computer hardware or software failures, 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 Contestant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Contestant 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 at www.makerbot.com/blog on Monday, September 30, 2013.

CONTEST SPONSOR: MakerBot Industries, LLC, 1 MetroTech Center, 21st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201