Accessory Challenge- Be inspired by birds

Did you ever dream of an international platform to show off your design skills? Then prepare for our next challenge! i.materialise, in cooperation with Materialise Malaysia, challenges you to make the most unique, breath taking 3D printed accessory inspired by birds.

Do you want to be the star of a fashion show? Then we have great news! On the 14th of June, Materialise organizes an international 3D design fashion show in Malaysia. As a participant your creation can earn a spot at this event! The event will be attended by national and international media houses.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to try out and explore the 3D printing technology and experiment with design.

For this competition, your challenge is to use 3D printing to create a fashion/lifestyle accessory around the theme of “birds” (Yes, birds who have the freedom to soar high into the clear blue skies!). This accessory can be anything: jewelry (such as bracelets, rings, necklaces, …), belts, hats, bags, clutches, purses or hair accessories.

Surprise us by your creativity!

On the 8th of May the jury will select 10 winning designs. They will all be 3D printed and exhibited during the 3D Design Fashion Show on the 14th of June. After the show they will be added to the i.materialise online gallery to show them to the world. For the designs that really catch our eye there is also a chance to be showcased in the .MGX showroom in Belgium.

This challenge is open to all designers, professional and amateur, regardless of sex, age or nationality.

Submissions will be accepted up to 23:59 Central European Time, May 5th, 2013.

There is no limit on the number of entries per contestant. To enter, you need to upload your design(s) here and provide a clear explanation (under ‘desciption’) in at least 50 words.

The i.materialise team together with Wim Michiels, managing director of Materialise Malaysia and Melinda Looi*, a well-known Malaysian fashion designer.

*Melinda Looi, earned the Malaysia Young Designer Award in 1995, for her graduation collection at the La Salle School of Fashion in Montreal, Canada. She has won 3 times the prestigious Designer of the Year Award , in 2004 and 2006 at the Malaysian International Fashion Awards. Her latest accolade is being nominated for the World Fashion Awards to be held in Paris in 2013 as well as showcasing one of her couture creations as part of World Fashion Exhibition, at various international fashion weeks.

Participants need to upload their file here. You can find more information about the file formats in our FAQs under ‘website’. The material for this challenge is polyamide.

There are limits on the size of the design:

Bounding box polyamide: 20 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm


  • i.materialise’s general terms & conditions apply to this challenge, for more information visit: &
  • All entries must be unique and never 3D printed before
  • i.materialise reserves the right to amend these rules at any time. Any amendment to competition rules will be posted on the i.materialise website.
  • In addition, attendance of the semi-finalists at the award event is not mandatory and will be at expense of contestants. Prizes must be accepted as awarded. No cash alternatives or substitutes will be allowed. The decision of the jury will be final.