In case you missed it: Competition Winners!

Want to find out who won a new Snapmaker 3-in-1 3D printer for the Hope3D competition?! Look no further, the results are in!


7 months ago

We all have busy lives, sometimes it’s difficult to keep up to date with the latest news and developments from your favorite 3D printing communities. In case you missed the reveals, we’re here to announce the winners of some of our most recent 3D design competitions!

We’re so impressed with all of the winning designs and talented designers! Here’s a bit on what made them such worthy winners for their respective competitions.

Let’s explore some champions!


Hope3D Design Competition!

The objective of the Hope3D Competition was to design a 3D printable object that would help to combat one of the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals. The 3D printable sustainability model could either be an easily mass-produced design used to solve world problems en masse, or a prototype for a functional product that incorporates accessible electronics or non-3D printed components. To learn more about the goals of the competition check out this blog:

Aside from the personal gratification of affecting positive change in the world, the grand prize winner received a Snapmaker 3-in 1 3D Printer! The designs' contribution to the world of 3D printing, and society in general, garnered interest from many tech news outlets who covered the winners in detail including 3D Printing Industry, 3DDruck, ProImage 3D, 3D Printing Pro, 3D Printing Guide, Long Room News, Stampare in 3D, Nanjixiong and Workforce Development Tech News!

So who were these inspiring sustainable 3D design winners?

1st Place

Portable 3D Printed Heat Converter

The grand prize winner Obasogie Amen JimmyKlien is a mechanical engineering student who blew everyone away with his Ina Lite! Obasogie, and his team of four, hail from Landmark University in Nigeria and designed their 3D model to combat problems with affordable and clean energy; UN Sustainability Goal 7. Their mission not only solving for a world crisis, but a problem affecting their home - as 80 million Nigerians lack access to electricity.

The team designed the Ina Lite as a 3D printable power converter. Using a thermoelectric generator, the Ina Lite converts heat into electrical energy. This electrical energy can then be channeled through the USB port producing between 10-15 watts of electricity.

Sustainability is key with this 3D printable heat converter model. Heat is an energy source produced with more ease, as when cooking, or starting a fire. Using this resource Obasogie and his team worked to produce a 3D printable converter to convert heat to electricity using easily accessible, inexpensive parts. The 3D printed converter makes the process more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

An innovative design and worthy first prize winner. If you would like to test it out for yourself, it is available to download for free by clicking the link above.

2nd Place

3D Printable Modular Robot

Kevin Thomas came in second place with his brilliant design of the Screwless/Screwed Modular Robotic System (SMARS V1). This 3D printable Modular Robot tackles the need for quality education, UN sustainability goal 4. The aim of the SMARS car is to serve as an introduction to robotics and STEM subjects. The SMARS car also works to help people gain skills that will prepare them for a future in tech, opening more opportunities for employment and accesibility to resources to learn outside of traditional educational institutions.

The SMARS V1 making tech skills accessible to all, is available for free download on MyMIniFactory. Just click the link above to nurture your STEM education.


3rd Place

3D Printed Hydroponic System

Coming in as our 3rd place finalist is Alex Rodriguez with his modular hydroponic system. Alex designed this 3D printable hydroponic system to allow people to grow their own food, tackling UN goal 15- Life on Land. The hydroponic system allows anyone with a 3D printer to build an environment to grow food regardless of what size outdoor space they have. The 3D printed modules fit together using interlocking mechanisms, so the size is constantly adjustable. Growing your own food is a way of promoting the use of more sustainable and equitable resources.

Rodriguez's system is free to download and 3D print from MyMiniFactory. Alex hopes that many of you will take the opportunity to start your own 3D printed farm gardens. You can follow Alex’s progress with the system on his YouTube and Instagram channels.


A HUGE congratulations to Obbasogie, who went home with a Snapmaker 3-in 1, and Kevin and Alex who were awarded theCraftsmanV20 Cordless Brushless 2 Tool Combo Kit and Versastack System Tower.