Introduction: How to Enter the Epilog Challenge

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Making an epic project is always something to be proud of, butEpilogand Instructables want to push you to stretch yourself, and make something truly excellent!

To encourage the making of amazing things, we're hosting the Epilog Challenge '09. Make something awesome with a green twist and win aEpiloglaser cutter! The form of awesomeness is entirely up to you: your project can be on any subject, using any components, and in any field. Just use your skills to make something incredible, share it on Instructables, and you can win one of the most truly incredible and versatile tools available: aZing Laser from Epilog!

What is a green twist? In honor of environmentally friendly design andInstructables' Green Year 2009initiative, we want to see at least some clearly described green component in the design, no matter how small. Simply detail some way your design is energy-efficient, reuses materials, or is helpful to the environment in some way. It doesn't have to be the primary theme for your project - we just want to encourage green thinking at all stages of a project, no matter how small. Whether you're picking LEDs over incandescent lights, making maximally efficient use of scarce resources, or dumpster-diving for materials, it's these little steps that add up to permanent change.

So, make something truly great and win theZing Laser from Epilog! With a laser cutter it's easy to get precise shapes out of your materials, and prototype quickly and efficiently. A laser cutter can get you from design to perfectly cut and etched reality in just a few minutes. With a tool such as this you can make or alter cool objects with a minimum of waste - it's the green way to prototype and design.

Now get to it! We can't wait to see your brilliant ideas.

At the end of the contest entry period there will be a one week period for user voting. The 15 finalists will be composed of 10 entries with the top votes plus 5 selected by Instructables staff. International entries are OK!


Grand Prize
The Zing Laser - Low Cost, High Performance Laser Engraving and Cutting System

First Prize
$100 gift certificate to make anything you want with the laser cutters at

Also an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Second Prize
$50 gift certificate to make anything you want with the laser cutters at

Also an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Open to enter: Feb 18, 2009 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: April 19, 2009 11:59 PM PST

View Contest now!

Step 1: Official Rules

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables, Epilog, and Ponoko a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.


Spydamonky (author)2010-10-19

i hear there is another contest like this about to start, true?

Yes, on Nov. 8.

kdunner (author)2009-05-12

When will the winner be announced? I'm on the edge of my seat and the seat is made from pins and needles!!!

dark sponge (author)kdunner2009-05-12

Same here! I'm a finalist too and the contest ended a while ago...

daniel_reetz (author)dark sponge2009-05-14

That makes three of us. Good luck, all!

kdunner (author)daniel_reetz2009-05-15

Well, technically I'd say that at least fifteen people are on the fence waiting, but my guess is that the instructable admins are having way too much fun playing with the laser cutter to care ; )

dark sponge (author)daniel_reetz2009-05-14

Thanks, you too!

wushuair (author)2009-04-27

So, how do we know if we made it into the 15?

fungus amungus (author)wushuair2009-04-27

We'll be announcing those tomorrow.

when will the winners be announced

NathanWilliams (author)2009-04-27

What happened to my rank?
My instructable was ranked 9th as I left work (with 10 minutes to closing time).
Now I'm ranked 25th!
Please tell me this is a mistake :(

It's our policy to go through the votes and look for fraudulent votes. These can be from entrants trying to inflate their own total or from other users trying to frame those entrants.

I should have known it was too good to be true when I landed in the top ten. I guess I was never in it anyway, and just got my hopes up.

becava (author)2009-04-22

I read "Enter to win 15 prizes" but I only find 3 prizes, what are the other 12 prizes (T-shirts, Patch, Stickers or more gift certificates) ?

fungus amungus (author)becava2009-04-22

There are four first prizes and 10 second prizes

rabidsnakemonkey (author)2009-04-20

No Prize Value? No where can i find an estimate for the cost of these laser engravers. I'm sure they're in the thousands, but are they closer to $1K or $10K? Anyone know?

Since these are sold in many different countries there is no set value.

becava (author)2009-04-19

In the Deadline says it's finish on April 19, 2009
11:59 PM PST Does PST means Pacific Time?
(P= Pacific S=? T=Time)

aarone (author)becava2009-04-19

Pacific Standard Time

Rabarbervin (author)2009-04-18

I also wondering how to vote. Is it done via the 5 star voting thingy on the users instructable site or will there be a separate "contest side" to vote? It also says that we can start voting today the 18:th and that the entry deadline is tomorrow the 19:th... is this correct?

No, voting begins on the 20th, right after the contest closes for entries. There will then be a vote button on each entry.

Dhuynh (author)2009-04-16

How do you "vote" on an instructable? Is it the rating up to 5 stars? Or does it depend on the number of subscribers or favorites?

fungus amungus (author)Dhuynh2009-04-16

Voting starts on Monday, after the contest closes for entries.

Marcos (author)2009-04-14

What's the true deadline please?

The website says April 19th, yet the email from the Robot confirming acceptance says, "After the contest closes for entries on the night of April 12, it will be up for user voting from April 13 - April 19. "

I have one more project I'd like to submit, please let us know what the actual deadline to submit an instructable in the Epilog contest is!


fungus amungus (author)Marcos2009-04-14

The email message wasn't updated with the rest of the contest, unfortunately. The contest ends on April 19.

FeedTheGrid (author)2009-04-10

I am almost ready to submit my project to this contest; hopefully tomorrow!

fozzy13 (author)2009-04-05

YAY! I finally finished my entry:

Do you think I'll be too late to be voted into the finals??

gjensen11 (author)2009-04-04

wow !!! It's Like My Brain, Has a Mind of it's own!

josheeg (author)2009-03-26

Can I make a balloon & wind turbine design and make it on instructables and sell the hard to get parts to make it easier for people on my website? Is that fair to do and enter this challange?

frankenboom (author)2009-03-25

is it the zing 16 or zing 24 laser cutter?

alphaseinor (author)frankenboom2009-03-26

I'll add to this: is it the Zing 16 or 24, what wattage? (any would be good) Can we upgrade to a better one if it's the 16/25?

eegg (author)2009-03-01

Only US citizens?

fungus amungus (author)eegg2009-03-11

No. This is open to international entries

girlontherocks (author)2009-03-09

How many entries are permitted per person?

No limit

gmjhowe (author)2009-02-18

I have so many epic projects nearing completion. Im guessing we can enter multiple ibles as usual?

fungus amungus (author)gmjhowe2009-02-18


gmjhowe (author)fungus amungus2009-02-18

Time to let loose, my most epic projects to date.

jamiep (author)gmjhowe2009-03-03

I guess I will throw my hat in the ring... I have a great project that I just wrapped up that involved lots of waterjetting and pretty parts. It has the potential to change mankind...for a couple hours :) jamie

gmjhowe (author)jamiep2009-03-03

I can not wait! Though, not offense to you or your project, but i would be a little miffed if someone with a water cutter won it. Especially those of use with nothing.

jamiep (author)gmjhowe2009-03-03

keep in mind that I DON't own a water jet machine. I picked up the phone book and used one. For tight tolerance work, they are great!

robobadger (author)2009-02-26

Just wait fellas mine's gonna be EPIC. Whether it's an Epic success or an Epic FAIL, is yet to be seen

That's the spirit!

belsey (author)2009-02-25

I entered this instructable on February 20th and haven't heard back... I have a hard time believing it's not considered green. Could it have slipped through the cracks because I temporarily unpublished it so I could make some changes?

fungus amungus (author)belsey2009-02-25

It wasn't accepted before because it was unfinished. It's in now.

belsey (author)fungus amungus2009-02-25

That's weird... I had considered it finished, and only decided a few days later to include a few more recipes. Most instructables I've seen only describe a single recipe.

belsey (author)belsey2009-02-25

Never mind, I just got an email saying it was accepted....

LinuxH4x0r (author)2009-02-18

Don't even bother to enter, my idea already won :P

gmjhowe (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-02-19

Just the one idea and you think you will win? Ive got 5 lined up..

LinuxH4x0r (author)gmjhowe2009-02-19

Its epic

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