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Competition Overview

We want to see the most innovative use of 3D printing within an EAST project. It’s not good enough that you can create a cool 3D print; it also needs to be something used to benefit your community and/or client.

Judging Criteria

Here are some things you might want to consider:

  • Rubric: Applications will be judged on the following criteria: Impact, Complexity, Appropriate Application, Completion
  • Impact: Whether it helps one person or 7 billion people, we’re looking for projects that make a positive impact on the world. Think about CART. What kind of impact does your project have?
  • Complexity: We’re looking for innovative solutions to problems that make a difference. This doesn’t mean that your print has to be complicated to win, it should be an appropriate fix for the problem you’re trying to solve. A very complicated problem may have a very simple solution, or a simple problem may require a complicated solution. Both are great. Your solution may look like a simple design at first glance, but was it? How many iterations did your design go through? Was it hard to design or print? Is your project an innovative solution?
  • Appropriate Application: Additive manufacturing is a very specialized process, but it’s not perfect for everything. Is 3D printing the best way to solve your problem? Would it be easier to do the project in a different way with different methods and/or materials?
  • Completion: Deadlines are an important part of project management and application. We want to know how close your project is to implementation. Is your project completed or is it just a prototype? How close is it to being done?

Submission Instructions

The submission deadline is 3 p.m., CST, January 24, 2018.

REMEMBER: DO NOT wait until the last day or the last minute to submit your application. The submission form will automatically disable at 3:01 p.m., CST on the deadline date. If you are in the middle of submitting a form at this time, your submission will NOT be received. If the form does not disable properly, submissions received after 3:00 p.m., CST will still not be considered in order to remain fair and consistent for all applicants. Please remember that upload speeds can vary depending on file type, school bandwidth, etc. Deadline days have a high volume of students submitting, which can also cause delays in uploading files and submitting applications. If you encounter an issue on the day of a deadline, the EAST Initiative staff may have limited (if any) availability to provide assistance. The EAST Initiative CANNOT grant you a deadline extension or help you to submit later if something goes wrong.

Step 1 - Create Your Application Packet

A complete application will include all of the following:

  1. Video Pitch
  2. Photo of 3D Printed Object
  3. Additional Evidence
  4. Project Team Photo

Video Pitch Requirements

Create a 45 second (maximum) video pitch detailing your project. Tell us the who, what, when, where, why, and how. Think of this video as a commercial - something that could possibly be shown to a large audience.

  • Format: .mp4 encoded with H.264 codec or .mov
  • HD resolution of 1920 X 1080 preferred

Other guidelines to consider:

  • If you are using a mobile device hold it horizontally for a better view.
  • Use one smooth unedited clip or take for your submission.
  • Try to eliminate as much background noise as possible.
  • Try to have as much natural light as possible.

Competition finalists will be chosen based on quality of project, not on the quality of the video. The winning project's video may be shown at Conference. Please note: if you are selected as a finalist, you may be asked to refilm a video in higher quality.

Photo of 3D Printed Object Requirements

Submit one to five (1-5) photos (jpg or jpeg format) of the 3D printed object

  • Required: Upload a photo(s) of the 3D printed object (.jpg or .png)

Additional Evidence Requirements

  • Upload three to five (3-5) photos or pieces of additional evidence to support your project. These can include photos of your 3D print, screenshots, news articles, etc.

Project Team Photo Requirements

Submit one (1) team photo (jpg or jpeg format). This photo may be used on stage if your project is selected as the winner.

Student Work Must Be Original

Submissions should be original and completely student-created.

  1. Upon submitting the required items as defined in the competition guidelines (required items) to EAST for this competition, participant hereby grants to EAST a permanent, non-exclusive, irrevocable right and license, free of charge, to (i) use, copy, reproduce, publicly display, edit, revise, perform, and distribute the required items in any format, or otherwise make the required items available to the general public in any format through any medium, including but not limited to making the required items available to users of EAST’s website for downloading; (ii) use the required items, exclusively or together with EAST materials or in connection with EAST’s advertising or promotion; and (iii) use the required items generally in connection with identifying, marketing, and promoting EAST to third parties.
  2. Participant represents and warrants that EAST’s use of the required items shall not violate any law or infringe upon or violate the rights of any individual or entity.

Step 2 - Complete the Application

Tell us more about your project. We want to know about your client, what problem you are trying to solve, and how you created your 3D print.

Note: On the application, you will also upload the zipped file detailed in Step 3

Step 3 - Upload Video Pitch, Photos, & Additional Evidence

Combine all of the following files into one (1) Zipped File with a 1 GB (1048576 KB) max file size. Be sure to review the requirements in Step 1. For instructions on how to zip a file, please click here for Windows instructions or here for Mac instructions.

  • Required: Video Pitch
  • Required: Photo of 3D Printed Object
  • Required: Additional Evidence
  • Required: Project Team Photo

Step 4 - Submit

When the application is complete, click the “Submit” button. When your submission is complete the page will change and state that the submission has been received. Once you see this page, you will not be able to make any changes. Following your submission, an email confirmation will be sent to you and EAST staff. If you do not receive an email, you should assume there was an error, and your submission was not complete. Our recommendation is to go back to Jotform and complete the form again. If you still receive an error, please email, or contact events team directly.

Finalist Selection

Finalists will be selected and notified prior to Conference. These students will be asked to bring their 3D printed solution (an exact replica and/or scaled down version will also work) to Conference and present their project to a judging panel.

Onsite Competition

Each finalist (a team of one or two students) will have about 10 minutes with the judges, which will include:

  • Introductions
  • 3-5 minute presentation describing the project using evidence (i.e. Powerpoint presentations, posters, brochures, pictures, video b-roll, etc.)
  • Copy of the 3D printed model or prototype to give judges
  • Five (5) minutes Q&A

Additional details for the onsite competition will be forwarded directly to the selected finalist schools. The winning project will be announced at the Conference Gala.