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Design challenges » i.materialise Machine Man Human Augmentation Design Challenge

i.materialise Machine Man Human Augmentation Design Challenge

5 May 2011 - 6 June 2011

i.materialise Machine Man Human Augmentation Design Challenge

The i.materialise Machine Man Human Augmentation Design Challenge is meant to be an exploration of the future. We created this challenge to inspire designers, engineers and inventors to peer into a world where people can augment their lives using 3D printing. We want you to imagine a world where many people use 3D printing to turn their ideas into products of their own design. We want you to create a product for a world where everyone turns to 3D printing to make exactly what they want to make. In such a world how will we look to augment our bodies? What will be possible with the ‘piercings’ of the future? Will people turn to 3D printed elective surgical implants to somehow improve their looks? What kind of implants? Will they seek to improve function? If so what would they make?

We’re challenging to design a 3D printed titanium implant or augmentation for the human body. Not a spare part but something that adds or improves function.  Some examples would be an earring that attaches to an iPhone to improve reception by turning the person into an antenna, an implant that holds the nose open from the inside to increase air flow or an implant around the vocal folds to increase or decrease the pitch of someone's voice mechanically. We know a lot out there is possible but know our imaginations are not enough to capture the possibilities. That’s why we’re challenging you to design what you think is possible.

We were inspired by the novel Machine Man by author Max Barry.  We think that the implications of the novel as well as the broader implications of using patient specific 3D printed implants are something we should all think about now. We life in an age whereby our current technology is step by step moving into territory usually occupied by Science Fiction.  In order to stimulate conversations and the sharing of ideas about a 3D printed future we need examples of what this future would look like.

Design Brief

A design for an implant or prosthetic device meant to improve the human body in some way. We interested in functional implants as well as purely esthetic devices.

The design should be uploaded do the Challenge website by June 6th. In addition to the design we require a rendering and a short explanation of your device.

The design should be uploaded in one of the following 3D file formats STL, OBJ, WRL, 3DS, SKP or IGS and be 3D printable in titanium. You can see the design rules here for 3D printing in titanium.

The final object should not measure more than 4 cubic centimeters volume.

The final object should not have a wall thickness of less than 0.4mm.

The final object should be functional as is. It should not require any additional electronics or non 3D printed parts.

Any submissions to the Design Challenge gallery will be done in a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (CC BY-SA) license. At the bottom you can read why this is a requirement.

Judging Criteria

We will be looking at the most inspiring and most well designed implant or prosthetic device.

It should in some way add function or improve functionality or deliver aesthetic pleasure to the wearer. 

It should take advantage of 3D printing technology and be a useable implant should anyone wish to actually implant it.

It should inspire and enable discussion on the implications of 3D printing for the world.

The Judges

Max Barry is an Australian author of the books Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company and Machine Man.  “Jennifer Government has also been optioned by Steven Soderberghand George Clooney's Section 8 Films. His latest offering, Machine Man, is an ongoing online serial that will be published by Vantage Books in 2011, while the film rights have been picked up by Mandalay Pictures. “ You can read more on his Wikipedia entryor website.

Hod Lipson is Director of Cornell University's Computational Synthesis Lab and an Associate Professor at Cornell. While originally a robotics engineer he is also the initiation of the Fab@Home project and works in self aware, self assembling robots, bio-inspired robotics, 3D printing and voxelfabbing. His Cornell pageis here and his Wikipedia entryis here.

Scott Summit is a San Francisco based industrial designer. His company Bespoke Innovations is set to revolutionize prosthetics by introducing 3D printed patient specific prosthetic legs that conform to the wearer’s body while being functional and beautiful. Scott’s web site is hereand Bespoke Innovationscan be found here.

The winnings

A copy of your device 3D printed in titanium.

In addition each judge will receive a 3D print of your device in titanium. Each judge will use your device as an example during speaking engagements and interviews pertaining to the subject. Max Barry will use your 3D printed design during his book tour and the promotion of the Machine Man film.

Fine Print

We ask you to require you your designs to the contest under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (CC BY-SA) license. With this license anyone could use your design as long as they attribute it to you and also share their resulting designs. There are two reasons why we made this a requirement.

1.       Avoiding lawyers. Challenge judge Scott Summit is active in the field of 3D printed prosthetics. Materialise, the parent company of i.materialise is active in patient specific implants and medical devices, orthopedics and is a market leader in 3D printing software and services. It is more than conceivable that you might make something and then find an implant that we make to resemble it. We have numerous patents and patents pending so we understand what it is to invent something and worry about protecting it. We don’t however want to run any legal risk on what is essentially an inspirational and open contest.  To avoid this we require you to submit the design under a creative commons license. That way anyone may use your design provided they attribute and share correctly. That way there can be no legal risk to us and you are protected in the knowledge that your design can be shared.

2.       Because your design is shared other people can use it and tinker with it. This will help spread your design around the world and promote the sharing of design and 3D printing knowledge.

If you have any doubts about the licensing please do email joris (at) i.materialise.com. You might also want to read the licensing terms on the Creative Commons website. If you are not comfortable using the Creative Commons for your design please do not submit it.

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