Hone your 3D design and printing skills for the Design Now: 3D Printing Contest. Together with Shapeways and 3Dconnexion, we’ve put together a contest to inspire you to create something unique. Prizes include a MakerGear M2 3D printer, 3DConnexion SpaceMouse® Pro Wireless, Shapeways print credit, and Prusa 3D printers!

In addition to prizes for the best projects related to 3D printing, there will be three special judges’ prizes for projects that use any of the following Fusion 360 features: Sketching, Solid Modeling, or Joints. Document your project with step-by-step instructions, photos of the final product or model, and your design file(s).

For those new to Fusion 360, JON-A-TRON will be teaching these free webinars based on his 3D Printing Class to help you get started! Shapeways will also give webinar participants a 20% coupon for your first prints.

Webinar 1: Make a Custom Wax Stamp
November 1st , 3- 4 PM PST - Register Now! >> 
November 3rd, 4-5 PM PST - Register Now! >> 
November 8th, 6 – 7 PM PST - Register Now! >> 
November 11th, 10-11 AM PST - Register Now! >> 

Webinar 2: Make Organic Forms with the Sculpt Tool
November 15th , 3 – 4 PM PST - Register Now! >> 
November 17th, 4 – 5 PM PST - Register Now! >> 
November 29th, 6 – 7 PM PST - Register Now! >> 
December 2nd, 10 – 11 AM PST - Register Now! >> 

Webinar 3: Design a Bottle Lock and Understand Joints
January 17th, 3-4 PM PST - Register Now! >> 
January 17th, 6 -7 PM PST - Register Now! >> 
January 19th, 4- 5 PM PST - Register Now! >>
January 20th, 10 – 11 AM PST - Register Now! >>

The Design Now: 3D Design Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

37 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Judges' Prize: Fusion 360

Three Judges' Prize winners will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Third Prize (10)

Ten Third Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (15)

Fifteen Runner Up prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt.
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Oct 31, 2016 and Jan 23, 2017 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Design Now: 3D Design Contest 2016. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.