UPDATE: Contest extended to November 28!

We know you love to build things, simple or complex, and Autodesk wants to help you document and explain them in innovative new ways - think Instructables 3D!

What can you build that moves? We've teamed up with Autodesk to bring you the Kinetic Sculpture Design Contest, with some great prizes to inspire you to build and document something truly amazing.

To enter the contest, submit a new Instructable that shows how to create something, anything that moves. It can be powered by batteries (a robot!), the wind (a mobile!), a loaded spring (jack-in-the-box!), a human (bikemod!), or anything else you can imagine. It can be useful or useless, or even a complex Rube Goldberg contraption. Make something awesome, and you could win the first prize package: Autodesk Inventor and Inventor Publisher!

Planning and designing out a project with 3D CAD software is certainly helpful, but Autodesk Inventor takes you beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping to help you design, visualize, and simulate your complete product.

Then use your 3D models in Inventor Publisher to easily create interactive, step-by-step instructions that helps you explain how to use, assemble, and fix them.  And with the new free Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, you can publish those instructions and share your instructions with anyone to interactively view and experience right at their fingertips - in 3D!

You’ll never think of instructions quite the same way again!

So get out there and start making something awesome that moves! We can't wait to see what you create.

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. International entries are accepted.

The Kinetic Sculpture Design Contest is closed.


First Prize

A copy of Autodesk Inventor and Inventor Publisher so you can design, visualize, and simulate all of your future projects.

Also an Instructables Prize Pack including a one-year Pro membership, t-shirt, and more!

Second Prize (10 winners)

A copy ofAutodesk Sketchbook Proso you can easily make digital sketches of all your future projects!

Also an Instructables Prize Pack including a one-year Pro membership, t-shirt, and more!

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 10, 2010 and Nov 28, 2010 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Kinetic Sculpture Design 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.


Instructables members can vote for an entry during the contest plus 3 days after the contest closes.


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 announced here on the contest page. All entrants will be notified when this happens.

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 and Autodesk 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.