There are only two weeks left until we close the incredible design competition in partnership with Hope3D! But that’s plenty of time to get your submissions in.
This competition is all about making the world a better place.
So before submissions close, we want to give you more insight into this spectacular challenge and show you what a remarkable opportunity you have when you choose to enter.
What Is Hope3D?
Hope3D was started by an ambitious 16 year old boy named Sam Suchin. His organization is one that aims to use the mechanism of 3D printing and crowdsourcing to improve the world we live in because he believes there’s power in technology and greater strength in community. As the name suggests, Hope3D is a community of designers and makers who wish to leverage their skills for good. Together they crowd-source projects to fabricate parts for their various sustainable projects. Empowering the public with the power to change the world.
As a Maker, you can help by printing a part and sending it to the project’s given address, and aside from a sense of meaning, you earn rewards such as discounts and prizes.
Why This Competition?
Crowdsourcing 3D design is an innovative way for Hope3D to accomplish its goal of effecting change in the world. It offers an international approach to problem solving and allows solutions to be sourced from around the globe. As 3D printing is a relatively cheap process that can be done from home, crowdsourcing enables Hope3D’s community to solve issues with very little cost, making money less of a factor to living in a better world.
One project that Hope3D initiated is Project Vision. This is an initiative to mass produce tactile educational resources for the visually impaired, resources that have previously been too expensive for many schools and educational facilities around the world to procure. They also launched Project Barber, an initiative to mass produce hair combs. A relatively natural and often taken for granted task to you and me, but one that can make a big difference in someone’s life, especially when they’re not regarded as essential in places such as homeless shelters.
Crowdsourcing, of course, requires participants. Hope3D is still a relatively new company and in order for projects like the ones we mentioned to continue to exist and grow they need more 3D designers and makers to get involved. By partnering with MyMiniFactory for this competition, Hope3D wishes to gain support from our large pool of quality 3D designers and makers. If we all come together, we can show the world the impact 3D printing can make on the environment, education, inequality and much more.
The UNSDG Initiatives
This competition, and Hope3D’s ethos in general works on the principles defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals of 2030. This is a set of 17 goals set forth by the United Nations in 2015 that they want the world to achieve by 2030. These goals include: No poverty (Goal 1), Gender Equality (Goal 5) and Climate Action (Goal 13).
That’s a big task to undertake, so why is it so important?
We all know that the world lack equality and faces inequity . We hear stories every day of people being treated unfairly, our planet being damaged, families and children living in poverty. These problems are not unique to one country, they are global issues. Only by facing them as such, and working as one big global community can we hope to combat all of the problems we face in the world. To reach the goals of 2030, we must work towards them, together and now!
Where Does 3D Printing Fit In?
So the UN’s initiatives are necessary but what can 3D printing do for them? In fact, 3D printing has already been helping in a number of ways everyday through affordable and accessible additive manufacturing.
You may have heard the story of Tilly, a 13 year old girl who lost both hands at 15 months old due to Meningitis B, and who received new Bionic ‘Hero Arms’ from Open Bionics. The Hero Arm is the first ever medically certified 3D printed bionic hand. Its process of production allows it to be lightweight, customizable and affordable, billed as ‘the most affordable bionic hand available.’ Open Bionics’ Hero Arm is a demonstration of the success of using 3D Printing to reduce inequalities, the 10th goal of UNSD.
Luckily, you don’t have to be a massive company like Open Bionics to use 3D printing to affect real change. Hope3D’s Project Vision also made an impact on reducing inequalities, UNSD goal 10. And on MyMiniFactory many 3D designers have been creating their own solutions that target inequalities, like creating braille keyboard keys that stick on the top of an existing keyboard, enabling affordable and accessible computer access in a new way. Many 3D designers on MyMiniFactory have also created and shared their own prosthetic creations, such as this Prosthetic Hand, designed to assist people with missing fingers.
What Esle Can We Do?
Reducing inequalities aren’t the only issues we can hope to resolvewith the help of 3D printing, and you don't need to be a prosthetic designer to enter the competition.
One of Hope3D’s major success stories came from the pursuit of UNSD Goal 14 - keeping the ocean safe and clean. In 2018 Hope3D pursued their first crowdsourcing project, Project Reef. They successfully sourced enough 3D printed parts to produce a large artificial coral reef to be submerged in the waters of Belize at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Coral reefs are home to so much marine life that their survival is essential to the continued safety of the underwater ecosystem, which has a knock on effect on the entire world's ecosystem. The problem is they are extremely fragile, meaning pollution and general human mistreatment has lead many to be destroyed or disappear altogether. Artificial reefs have been around for a long time, people have used old tires, statues, shipwrecks; but sadly many of them fail as they can’t accurately mimic a real reef.
3D printing has become the saviour of artificial reefs. 3D printed reefs like Hope3D’s can be designed with features that mimic those from a coral reef proper. Nooks and crannies for fish to hide in, passageways for them to swim through, and shadowy areas for camouflage. Just another way that 3D printing is both an affordable and effective way of solving problems and bringing about change.
You Can Change The World!
You may not think that you, at home with your modeling software and 3D printers, can make much of a difference to the world. But hopefully we have shown you that through imagination, innovation and belief in your ideas, 3D printed projects, both big and small, can do just that.
If you want to enter the running to save the world with your designs (and we hope you do) remember you only have until April 19th. So get thinking and get designing!
Don’t let your passion stop when the competition does, we’ll have plenty more competitions coming your way to continue to do good. We’ve had so many great entries, and though they can't all win, they can all succeed.
For more details and criteria for submissions, check out the competition page here. And keep your eye on the competition section of our site because we’ve always got something exciting going on.
And of course - Good luck!