3D Design Competition


Submissions close January 15th 2018

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Design Brief

3D printing is the trend of the moment, giving amateurs as well as pros new possibilities to set their creativity free.

For this challenge, let your imagination run wild. Literally. The theme of this competition is exotic species and we need you to come up with the best ideas and designs to illustrate these beautiful but rare animals.

Never 3D-printed before? No problem! With increasingly affordable 3D printers, even ambitious amateur artists can get involved and start designing.

3D printing also offers new possibilities for artists. With a blank canvas as their print, 3D designers can paint, decorate and customise any 3D printed object within their reach. As such, 25 prizes will be given exclusively to the best painted designs!

To color these 3D printings, the da Vinci Artist brushes company has especially created an exclusive brush set, series 5203, which contains:

A mottler of our series 5073, size 20, for priming and area work, made of short and fine synthetic fibres.

3 round brushes of our well-known all round-series 5570, size 5/0, 0 and 4, for all detail work. These brushes have gold synthetic fibres and short green transparent lacquered hexagonal handles.

The main theme of this competition is "Exotic Species" though you can also get creative.

Good luck!


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    Exotic Species

    The theme of this 3D design challenge is exotic species. What we mean is all the majestic animals you just can only find in the jungle or in very specific environments. From elephants to tigers and parrots, we are looking for anything colorful, wild and exotic.

    Here is a list of exotic species you could design to give you a little bit of inspiration:

    Pandas, Dolphins, Gorillas, Leopards, Elephants, Lions, Orangutans, Rhinos..

    You are not limited to exotic animals though. Whatever you come up with we will consider it, bonus points for painting!


Main prize

We have 25x Limited Edition Brush Set Series 5203! for the best 3D designs

Bonus prize

We also have 25x Limited Edition Brush Set Series 5203! for the best painted 3D objects from the competition.

Top Tips

So you want to win a design competition?
Here are some top tips to help you climb up the leader board:

1. Think about your design(s) in relation to the brief and how best you might best optimise it for 3D printing.

2. Make sure you download all designer resources so as to ensure you design for the right size components if you are not printing your own submission.

3. Look at our blog post here for more information on how to do this.

4. Once your design is approved, post it on social media with: #paintingbythenumbers @MyMiniFactory and @davincidefet

  • Read and understand the design brief.
  • Thinkabout how you can best deliver a solution.
  • Use the tips and resources provided
  • Explain the concept behind your design.
  • Presentprint, and photograph your design with care.

Designer Resources

Struggling for inspiration? Check out out this awesome library of fun animal prints below.