EAST Initiative Competition - 3D Print it Up

3D Print it Up

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3D Print it Up EAST Class Application


Competition Overview

We want to see the most innovative use of 3D printing within an EAST project. It’s not good enough that you can create a cool 3D print; it also needs to be something used to benefit your community and/or client.


Judging Criteria

Here are some things you might want to consider:

  • Rubric: Applications will be judged on the following criteria: Impact, Complexity, Appropriate Application, Completion
  • Impact: Whether it helps one person or 7 billion people, we’re looking for projects that make a positive impact on the world. Think about CART. What kind of impact does your project have?
  • Complexity: We’re looking for innovative solutions to problems that make a difference. This doesn’t mean that your print has to be complicated to win, it should be an appropriate fix for the problem you’re trying to solve. A very complicated problem may have a very simple solution, or a simple problem may require a complicated solution. Both are great. Your solution may look like a simple design at first glance, but was it? How many iterations did your design go through? Was it hard to design or print? Is your project an innovative solution?
  • Appropriate Application: Additive manufacturing is a very specialized process, but it’s not perfect for everything. Is 3D printing the best way to solve your problem? Would it be easier to do the project in a different way with different methods and/or materials?
  • Completion: Deadlines are an important part of project management and application. We want to know how close your project is to implementation. Is your project completed or is it just a prototype? How close is it to being done?


Submission Instructions

To qualify, all details and descriptions must be complete. This information is used in the project description and as a part of the judging criteria for this competition. The submission deadline is 3 p.m., CST Friday, January 25, 2019.

REMEMBER: DO NOT wait until the last day or the last minute to submit your application. The submission form will automatically disable at 3:01 p.m., CST on the deadline date. If you are in the middle of submitting a form at this time, your submission will NOT be received. If the form does not disable properly, submissions received after 3:00 p.m., CST will still not be considered in order to remain fair and consistent for all applicants. Please remember that upload speeds can vary depending on file type, school bandwidth, etc. Deadline days have a high volume of students submitting, which can also cause delays in uploading files and submitting applications. If you encounter an issue on the day of a deadline, EAST staff may have limited (if any) availability to provide assistance. EAST staff will not grant you a deadline extension.


Step 1 - Get Ready

Before submitting your application, make sure you have all the required materials:

  1. Video Pitch
  2. Photo of 3D Printed Object
  3. Project Team Photo
  4. Project Files
  5. Additional Evidence (optional)

Video Pitch Requirements

  • Format: .mp4 encoded with H.264 codec or .mov
  • HD resolution of 1920 X 1080 preferred

Create a 45 second (maximum) video pitch about your project. This is not a video competition, rather it’s all about the content. The judges want to know:

  • The problem this project solves is…
  • The lead client of this project is..
  • What makes this project real is…
  • The deliverable is…
  • Other important information

Photo of 3D Printed Object Requirements

Submit one to five (1-5) photos (jpg or jpeg format) of the 3D printed object

Required: Upload a photo(s) of the 3D printed object (.jpg or .png)

Project Team Photo Requirements

Submit one (1) team photo (jpg or jpeg format). This photo may be used on stage if your project is selected as the winner.

Project Files

Submit one or more computer aided design (CAD) files that show the completed model and design process. Examples could include add-ons or the first and final iterations (must be in .OBJ or .STL format).

Additional Evidence Requirements

Upload three to five (3-5) photos or pieces of additional evidence to support your project. These can include photos of your 3D print, screenshots, news articles, etc.


Step 2 - Complete the Online Application

Make sure you explain why your project is a great EAST project, including how it fills the CART (critical thinking, advanced, real, teamwork).

Note: You will upload the items from step one in the online application.


Step 3 - Upload Video Pitch, Photos, & Additional Evidence

Combine all files from step one into one (1) Zipped File with a 1 GB (1048576 KB) max file size. Be sure to review the requirements in step one.

Not sure how to zip a file? Click here for Windows instructions. Click here for Mac instructions.


Step 4 - Submit

After completing the online application, click the “Submit” button. Once you see the “Submission Received” page, you will not be able to make any changes. If you do not receive an email confirmation, assume there was an error and your submission was not completed. Please go back and complete the online application again. If you still do not receive an email, please contact [email protected].


Finalist Selection

Finalists will be selected and notified prior to Conference and all submissions will receive constructive feedback from NWA3D. Additional details for the onsite competition will be emailed to the selected finalist schools. The winning project will be announced at the EAST Conference Gala.


Onsite Competition Details

Each finalist will select two (2) students to present the project to a panel of judges. The presentation will be no more than 10 minutes, and should include:

  • Introductions
  • Review of the submitted 45-second (max) video
  • 3-5 minute presentation describing the project using evidence (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, posters, brochures, pictures, video b-roll, etc.)
  • Reserve five (5) minutes for questions from the judges.