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.


To enter the Kinetic Sculpture Design Contest, submit an Instructable that describes how to make any kind of kinetic sculpture and is published during the contest period of October 10 - November 28. Older Instructables are not eligible.
International entries and multiple entries are accepted. Entrants can only win one prize.

The Kinetic Sculpture Design Contest is closed.

11 Prizes

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!
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 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.


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.