3D Design Competition


Submissions close April 15th 2019

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Design Brief

Do you find yourself sketching funny characters?

Are you a big fan of animated series based around famous or not-so-famous characters?

Have you ever dreamed to create your own character?

This competition is the right chance to shape your ideas into a cool and funny character. Let your imagination run wild, your character can be a figure based on a fantasy beast like a dragon or a cute little animal like a mouse. You might want to choose a human like body or, why not, a shiny metallic robot!

Don’t forget to add any detail to complete your design, like a wizard hat or any other accessory suggesting what are your character’s abilities.

Make sure you design the object on Tinkercad’s easy-to-use software and upload it directly to MyMiniFactory using the built-in “Upload to MyMiniFactory button”. Don’t forget to tag your creation in the description or title using #Tinkercharacters.

Once your design has been uploaded and approved on MyMiniFactory, make sure you share it on Twitter with the hashtag #TinkerCharacters @MyMiniFactory @Tinkercad.

A panel of judges from MyMiniFactory and Tinkercad will decide on their favorite designs based on your originality, printability, and element of surprise!

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For more information on how to do upload your design from Tinkercad, check out our blog post here.

We look forward to seeing your amazing designs.

Good luck!


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    To enter this competition all you have to do is to submit a character design based upon your original concept.

    Your imagination is the limit here, it can be an anthropomorphic figure, a fantasy creature or a blob with three eyes.

    Feel free to design a single character or a group of them, there is no limit to the number of submissions per user! To help us and the community understand your design, don't forget to write a brief explanation of your character in the object's description, simply tell us about its story and personality.


Main prize


BIQU Thunder 3D Printer

After years of designing and manufacturing desktop 3D printers, BIQU now brings a tool for Makers and Designers to bring their ideas to life. The BIQU Thunder packages best-in-class DIY 3D printer features, and adds a ton more, like auto-levelling and wireless connectivity. BIQU Thunder brings the workshop out of the workshop, powered by MyMiniFactory's Click & Print, allowing true 1-click 3D printing.

Runner Ups

And some awesome Tinkercad goodie bags for the runner ups!

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. Make sure to upload your design from within Tinkercad. Look at our blog post here for more information on how to do this.

4. Once your design is approved, post it on twitter with #TinkerCharacters @MyMiniFactory @tinkercad

  • 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 this incredible collection of 3D printed characters!