3D Design Competition


Submissions close February 14th 2018

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Design Brief

Much like our own community, Esso™ and their family of Synergy™ Technology Fuels put innovation and energy at the forefront of everything they do and everyone they serve. MyMiniFactory and Esso are proud to bring you an exclusive opportunity, taking the iconic 250ml can and re-purposing it for home, travel, garden, sports, science or anything that sparks your imagination.

The aluminium drink can is one of the most commonly consumed products in the world - almost 6,700 cans every second are thrown away.

In our latest design challenge we wanted to look at the potential for 3D printing to upcycle and re-invent this common item into something brand new.

We’re looking for designs that will grab the attention of the masses and for good reason - designs entered may be considered for use in future marketing initiatives post competition. This is the first time such an opportunity has been on the table for the 3D printing community, so it’s time to break out and show us what you’ve got!

The grand prize winner will receive the latest BCN3D Sigmax (worth over $5000). It is a powerhouse printer with two independent heads capable of simultaneous dual extrusion and duplicate printing. Additionally, we have a Startt printer to give away for the runner up

Make sure to download the designer resources here, as they will give you the correct dimensions for the can to get working on.

As always, if you have multiple entries for ESSO we want to see them all, so you can enter as many times as you wish!

Once your model has been uploaded to MyMiniFactory, remember to share it to Twitter/Facebook/Instagram with the hashtag #FuelingInnovation @MyMiniFactory @Esso_GB @bcn3dtech.

Good luck!

18 years and over only

Open to residents of Europe, Noth America and Australia only.

Submit your Design


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    Give the 250ml slim can a "second life" by designing a fun, inovative or useful way it can be reused.

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    Can Accessories

    Design practical accessories that complement or add to the user experience of the 250ml slim can.


Main prize

The overall winner will receive this awesome BCN3D Sigmax 3D Printer worth over $5000!

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    Runner up

    We have a Startt 3D printer to give away to the runner up.

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. Try and present and photograph your design as best you can, ideally with the 250ml slim can, along with an explanation or video of its application.

4. Once your design is approved, post it on Twitter with #FuelingInnovation @MyMiniFactory @esso_GB @bcn3dtech.

  • 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

Make sure to download the designer resource template of the 250ml can to ensure your design is compatible.