Design-4-Dollars: Additive Manufacturing CAD Contest


Prototype Today is hosting the Design-4-Dollars contest and will be offering prize money for the most creative and groundbreaking designs submitted.  All parts must be manufacturable as the winning pieces will be produced and used as showcase items for the contest's title sponsor: GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services.

Your task is to design a part showcasing various additive manufacturing processes.  The part must contain different sections, each using a different additive manufacturing technology such as: Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), 3D Printing (3DP) & Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).


GRAND PRIZE............$500 Cash
1st Runner-Up..........$150 Cash
2nd Runner-Up..........$100 Cash


Submitted designs will be judged on a variety of criteria including creativity, complexity, originality, manufacturability & number of parts. All models will be judged and evaluated on a 1-10 point system, with 10 points being the maximum awarded. The models with the highest accumulated points will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively.

The Design-4-Dollars contest will be judged by the following service bureaus:

1) GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services -
2) Dinsmore & Associates -
3) Midwest Composite Technologies -


All files must be converted and submitted in STL format.  If you are submitting multiple files for a single model, please submit a zip file.  The maximum size for completed and assembled parts is 24" long, and any metal parts should be kept to 4 cubic inches.

Entries will be accepted until May 31st, 2012 and the winners will be announced shortly after.  Winners will have the choice of accepting their winnings via check or PayPal.  All entries must be submitted on this page using the form below. No entries will be accepted if sent via any other medium including email.


By submitting an entry participants agree that the design is their original work and they have the right to submit the model(s). Each contestant agrees that the contest sponsor GPI Prototype may create and use the winning models for promotional purposes.  Submitted designs will not be produced or sold without your consent.

For more information or to enter, visit:

Review Article Be the first to review this article
SolidCAM: Program your CNCs directly inside your existing CAD system.

Autodesk - DelCAM

Featured Video
Jeff RoweJeff's MCAD Blogging
by Jeff Rowe
Apple Adding To Computer Product Line Minus Ports
Currently No Featured Jobs
Upcoming Events
Electric&Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium 2016 at Conference Centre East. Koelnmesse (East Entrance) Messeplatz 1 Cologne Germany - Nov 9 - 10, 2016
Autodesk University Las Vegas at Las Vegas NV - Nov 15 - 17, 2016
Design & Manufacturing, Feb 7 - 9, 2017 Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA at Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim CA - Feb 7 - 9, 2017
TurboCAD pro : Free Trial

Internet Business Systems © 2016 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy Advertise