Win your 15 minutes of fame!

We challenge you to get inspired by the Pop art movement and design a 3D printable piece which will blow everyone’s mind.  A piece so cool it will win you your 15 minutes of fame.

From June 10-12, 2013, Materialise will participate in RAPID 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Conference and Exposition is the largest prototyping fair in the United States, hosting more than 1800 participants.

On the opening night of RAPID, Materialise, in conjunction with SME, will host an event at the Andy Warhol Museum unlike anything you’ve seen before. A special 3D printed installation, curated by renowned gallery owner Murray Moss, will be on display at the Warhol Museum, combining Pop art with 3D Printing. And you too could earn a spot at this event as a winner of the i.materialise Challenge!


Let the big artists from Pop Art, the movement that started in the mid 1950’s in Britain and the US, inspire you. The movement includes imagery from popular culture (celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Mao) and mass production such as advertising, news, etc.

We challenge you to be as original, inventive and creative !


On March 22th, five semi-finalists will be selected from all eligible entries.  The designs of these semi-finalists will be 3D printed by Materialise and placed on display at the Warhol Museum for the RAPID opening night event on June 10th.  On that evening, the grand prize winner will be announced and awarded the 3D printed version of their design.


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


Submissions will be accepted up to 23:59 Central European Time, March 15th, 2013.


There is no limit on the number of entries per contestant.  Contestants can enter as many times as they like.
To enter, contestants need to upload their design file(s) here and provide a clear explanation of their design concept(s) under ‘description’.


A number of file formats can be uploaded, including: .3ds, .stl, .igs, .model, .mxp, .obj, .wrl, .3dm, .skp and .dae. For a large file, or a number of files, you can also use the RAR and ZIP formats to compress them before uploading.

Contestants must design in paintable resin. Up to 3 different colors can be used. The colored areas need to be made clear in the geometry. This means that in your 3D file you need to separate the different colored parts from each other by turning them into closed volumes. This makes it easier for us to distinguish the different colored parts. It’s advised to indicate the use of the different colors on the rendering image that you’ll submit with your design. Depending on your design, we’ll choose to make an assembly of the different painted parts or use masking tape to paint the different areas. Below you can see an example of a 3D render of a frog. On the right you can see an exploded view of the different color volumes, used in the same frog.  Our production team will assemble your pieces.

The bounding box for this challenge is: 500 mm x 500 mm x 500 mm


The entries will be judged on their originality, inventiveness and creativity.  The jury will be renowned gallery owner and design expert Murray Moss and the i.materialise team.


  • i.materialise’s general terms and conditions apply to this challenge.  For more information, please visit:
  • 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 the 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.