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Making an epic project is always something to be proud of, but Epilog and 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 a Epilog laser 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: a Zing Laser from Epilog!

What is a green twist? In honor of environmentally friendly design and Instructables' Green Year 2009 initiative, 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 the Zing 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 Ponoko.com.

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

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

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

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Spydamonky4 years ago
i hear there is another contest like this about to start, true?
Yes, on Nov. 8. http://www.instructables.com/contest/epilog/
kdunner6 years ago
When will the winner be announced? I'm on the edge of my seat and the seat is made from pins and needles!!!
Same here! I'm a finalist too and the contest ended a while ago...
That makes three of us. Good luck, all!
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 ; )
Thanks, you too!
wushuair6 years ago
So, how do we know if we made it into the 15?
We'll be announcing those tomorrow.
when will the winners be announced
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.
becava6 years ago
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) ?
There are four first prizes and 10 second prizes
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.
becava6 years ago
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 becava6 years ago
Pacific Standard Time
Rabarbervin6 years ago
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.
Dhuynh6 years ago
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?
Voting starts on Monday, after the contest closes for entries.
Marcos6 years ago
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!

The email message wasn't updated with the rest of the contest, unfortunately. The contest ends on April 19.
FeedTheGrid6 years ago
I am almost ready to submit my project to this contest; hopefully tomorrow!
fozzy136 years ago
YAY! I finally finished my entry: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Recycled-Jet-Engine/

Do you think I'll be too late to be voted into the finals??
gjensen116 years ago
wow !!! It's Like My Brain, Has a Mind of it's own!
josheeg6 years ago
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?
frankenboom6 years ago
is it the zing 16 or zing 24 laser cutter?
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?
eegg6 years ago
Only US citizens?
No. This is open to international entries
How many entries are permitted per person?
No limit
gmjhowe6 years ago
I have so many epic projects nearing completion. Im guessing we can enter multiple ibles as usual?
Time to let loose, my most epic projects to date.
jamiep gmjhowe6 years ago
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 jamiep6 years ago
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.
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