Want To Design or 3D Print Toys for Children in Need?
Submit YOUR Design For the 3D printed Toy Design Challenge
In 2018 – IC3D launched 3D Printed Toys for Tots. Working with a handful of “3D Printer Elves,” and IC3D donated filament, the 3D printing community across several states made 150 toys that were distributed by U.S. Marines to children in need. This year, IC3D is leveling up that initial effort and putting out a call for those design-minded makers to create an original toy design for 2019. We will also be taking submissions for those wishing to join the ranks of “3D Printer Elves” and turn donated filament into smiles.
About the Challenge
The IC3D Toys for Tots 3D Printed Toy Design Competition is a charitable effort organized by IC3D to engage with the greater 3D printing community to provide toys to children in need. Special toy designs are being encouraged from creative makers around the United States. IC3D will provide the filament materials to willing 3D Printer Elves who will use their own equipment to make the toys and send them back to IC3D HQ to be distributed by U.S. Marines.
- 10/12 – Design Competition Opens
- 11/4 – Designs Due by 11:59pm(Eastern) uploaded to this website
- 11/5 – Filament Sent Out to Printer Elves
- 11/8 – Design Competition Winner Announced via email, website and social media
- 12/6 – Completed Toys Due to IC3D HQ
- 12/13 – Toys Delivered to U.S. Marines
The ideal design would have the following characteristics:
- Suitable for boys and girls of all ages.
- Fun, interactive, and easy to print!
- No weaponry or implied violence of any kind.
- Moving parts are okay.
- No sharp corners or edges, breakable pieces, and all-around brittleness.
- A single print with no support material.
- Light assembly is permitted (ie. folding into place or “breaking” light attachments). However, mechanical fitting preferred – no gluing!
- Up to 100 grams.
- Not have a print time over 5 hours.
- Able to print on most standard desktop printers (200mm x 200mm).