Instructables is teaming up with Inventables to run a Digital Fabrication Contest. Any Photo, Video or Step by Step Instructable that was made by any kind of tool that runs from a computer is eligible. That means anything you make that involves a laser cutter, a 3D printer, CNC mill, CNC lathe, CNC plasma cutter, embroidery machine and more can be entered in this contest. This contest only runs until the end of the month so document your entry as soon as you can.

The first prize winner in this contest will receive the "Full Kit" from Shapeoko to build a small footprint CNC Mill capable of cutting wood, plastics and metal. The Shapeoko mill has been in the works since 2004 and was just made available a few months ago - we're excited to see what this mill can do.

Now listen up because here's where it gets interesting... Inventables is also offering a $20 gift certificate to anyone who enters an Instructable in this contest. With a guarantee to win the $20 gift certificate simply by publishing your project and entering it in the contest, there's no reason not to get started on your Instructable today!

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Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia,  Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, India, and Denmark<. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, November 5, 2012.

The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law, if applicable), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income tax, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize.

The Digital Fabrication Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

106 Prizes

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize winner will receive a "Full Kit" CNC Shapeoko and an Instructables Prize Pack.

First Prize

Five First Prize winners will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Inventables.com and an Instructables Prize Pack.

Entry Prize

Every Instructables author that submits an entry into the Digital Fabrication contest will receive a $20.00 gift certificate to Inventables.com. One per author.
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 8, 2012 and Nov 5, 2012 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Digital Fabrication Contest. 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.