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Our pals over at Instructables are always having one cool contest or another, and have given away some fabulous maker dream-prizes in the past including four Epilog laser cutters, now, in a series of annual contests. But with their new Make It Real Challenge, they have truly outdone themselves: The grand prize is an Objet30 from Israel’s Objet Geometries, which manufactures some of the highest-performing and most sought-after 3D printing equipment in the world. It’s described as a “desktop” model, but it’s priced like a luxury car at $51,995. Here are the juicy technical deets straight from Objet’s website:

  • Layer Thickness: 0.0011 inch (28µ)
  • Accuracy: 0.0039 in (0.1 mm)
  • Material: VeroWhitePlus, VeroBlue, VeroBlack, VeroGray, DurusWhite
  • Net Build Size: 11.57 x 7.58 x 5.85 in (294 x 192.6 x 148.6 mm)
  • Tray Size: 11.81 x 7.87 x 5.9 in (300 x 200 x 150 mm)
  • Resolution: 600 x 600 x 900 dpi
  • No. of Print Heads: 1 modeling head, 1 support head
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
  • Size: 32.28 x 24.4 x 23.22 in (82.5 x 62 x 59 cm)

As if that weren’t enough, each of ten first prize winners gets a $4,000 Up! 3D printer, and each of twenty runners up gets a coupon for a single 3D printed object costing up to $1,000. The challenge is to “post an Instructable that shows how to turn a virtual item into a tangible object,” and the deadline is April 30. Details here. [Thanks, Randy!]

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. eranglr says:

    It’s a shame that Israelis can’t participate in this contest! (Objet Located In ISRAEL!).

  2. Vrmithrax says:

    Maybe I missed something, but I found the concept of the contest a bit funny… Put together an Instructable to show how to make a virtual object a tangible object. Sort of infers that you need a way to, say, print something in 3D? So, to win a 3D printer, you need a 3D printer…

    Reminds me of banks that will only lend money to people that have money… :-P

  3. John-Michael says:

    Wouldn’t showing how to use it to turn a virtual object in to a real 3D object require already having this kind of equipment?

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