How to Enter the Epilog Challenge




Making an epic project is always something to be proud of, butEpilogand 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 aEpiloglaser 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: aZing Laser from Epilog!

What is a green twist? In honor of environmentally friendly design andInstructables' Green Year 2009initiative, 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 theZing 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

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

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

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

View Contest now!

Step 1: Official Rules

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, Epilog, and Ponoko 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.



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    97 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    When will the winner be announced? I'm on the edge of my seat and the seat is made from pins and needles!!!

    4 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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 ; )

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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) ?

    1 reply

    10 years ago on Step 1

    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?

    1 reply

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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)

    1 reply

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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?