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MakerBot Announces MakerEd Project Challenge Winner

by • April 11, 2016 • No Comments


In November, the MakerEd Project Challenge was created to Thingiverse users: create projects to assist educators bring 3D printing into the classroom. Finalists were entered into a lottery to win a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printing device, and they may submit as many creates as they wanted, so long as they met the qualifications. Perhaps that explains why there were 785 entries in a challenge with a deadline of February 28, 2016. Over a month later, a winner and runners up have been announced; can you imagine being a judge and sorting through that many create entries?

The winner of this year’s MakerEd Project Challenge is 14-year-old Tuna Tumer (“TnaTmr”) of Turkey, who contributed a Fillet Gauge. Tumer got the thought while watching Noe Ruiz of Adafruit’s Layer by Layer while he createed a case for the Apple TV remote. As Tumer explains:

manufacture4“And when he was attempting to measure the fillet he mayn’t get an precise measure so he had to guess. And I’ve had this issue as well when createing stuff with a curve. So I thought: how can I solve that? Well I have a printing device, and a desktop, so why not manufacture a thing on my own. I tried to do a thing effortless, both to create and print. With this, you can measure many curves on objects, like a phone’s corner for example. I ponder this can be really useful for individuals that are attempting to create a thing that is to fit an object. Its in addition quite effortless to use.”

The fillet gauge create started with a effortless sketch with fillet sizes ranging of 1 to 12 mm, and so the sketch was extruded to a “modest 2 mm.” The numbers were first engraved onto the gauge, but they were complex to read so Tumer switched to extruding them on the gauge as well. Since this is an education project, Tumer in addition lists the objectives of the project, that is geared in the direction of students grades 5-10 who may already have a few experience with high end modeling software. These are the project’s overall objectives: “Learn new createing tips; create objects of a reference that has fillets; learn how to create objects that are to fit a thing with fillets; get experience in create softwares like Fusion 360; learn new vocabulary such as; fillet, arc, corner and their use in create softwares.” Sounds educational to me!

Other challenge winners include a pulley process, a chemistry and biology kit, a mousetrap racer, an ultimate parametric box, a dividing head, a lever principle and equilibrium, a gear education set, an introduction to parametric education, and a sine and cosine waves stencil. Wow. Those are lots of rad 3D printed education-themed objects that were competing for that MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer.


But when all is said and done, Tuna Tumer is the one fortunate to walk away with a new 3D printing device, and all other runners up attained one roll of MakerBot filament. In the meantime, 785 new projects were produced that can assist teachers commence beginning and additional high end 3D printing thoughts to their students. What do you ponder of the winning entries? Discuss in the MakerEd Project Challenge Winner forum over at 3DPB.com.