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Design challenges » The Hats Off to 3D Printing Challenge

The Hats Off to 3D Printing Challenge

23 November 2011 - 16 February 2012

Do you have big dreams of seeing your hats or accessories hit the runway, gracing the heads of glamorous models? Or, do you love 3D printing and enjoy pitting your creative abilities against those of others? Either way, this is the competition for you! So, get on your thinking caps, because it is time to get creative!

You now have the chance to get your work exposed on a fashion runway at the Materialise World Conference of 2012 in Leuven. It’s the ultimate place where the top industry professionals from all over the world gather to celebrate the latest achievements in additive manufacturing. In the world of 3D printing, you couldn’t hope for a better exposure than that!

The Objective

Design a 3D printed hat or a hair accessory for a fashion model. The design has to be in white to accompany the black outfit of the models on the runway.

The Rules

  • Your design must fit within a space of 20x20x20cm
  • Your file size can be no larger than 100Mb
  • Details need to be at least 1mm in size to be printable
  • We’ll need a render of your design and the 3D file itself to consider it a valid entry


The Dates

  • The challenge runs from Wednesday the 23rd of November 2011 until Wednesday the 15th of February 2012
  • The winner will be announced on the 1st of March 2012
  • The top 20 designs will be showcased during the Materialise World Conference in Leuven (18 -20 April 2012)


The Prices

  • The winner will receive an i.materialise voucher worth 500 Euros and will also be on display in the MGX flagship store in Brussels
  • The two runner ups will receive an i.materialise voucher worth 250 Euros
  • The top 20 designs will make their runway debut at the Materialise World Conference and receive exposure on the Materialise and  i.materialise website
  • The top 20 designs will also receive a copy of their 3D printed designs


The Jury

  • The master milliner himself, Elvis Pompilio
  • Materialise CEO Wilfried Vancraen
  • Art Director of .MGX by Materialise, Alessio Esposti
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