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Make it Real Free 3D Printing Giveaway - EXTENDED! Answered


Instructables is giving away FREE 3D prints to the first 50 projects to enter the Make It Real Challenge this week that get featured on the site! Simply enter your project into the contest, and if it gets featured, you get a FREE 3D Print.

The Make It Real Challenge is open to any project that was at least partially designed using a computer: it could be a preliminary digital sketch, a sticker, an electronics schematic, laser-cutter files, a 3D design, or even an inkjet printer template - anything digital!  And the prizes are insane - we're giving away a $50k Objet 3D printer, 11 UP! personal 3D printers, and even more free 3D prints. 

To win your FREE 3D print, just enter your project into the Make It Real Challenge this week and meet our featuring criteria!  Everyone who does will win a 3" x 3" x 3" 3D print of anything they choose, a 3D printed Instructables robot, or 5 pieces of their choice from the Free Universal Construction Kit.


All 3D prints have been awarded!  Congratulations everyone :)

I'm still waiting for my prints. When will they start shipping? Will there be any notifications sent out when they ship? I'm waiting on 2 free prints.

Got my print in the mail today - thank you!

Is it too late?!! this was posted before the deadline.


Is there a deadline for turning in our free 3d print form??

Please try to turn it in within a few month's time. I wouldn't let it sit for years.

How long does it take after filling out the form do we geet teh prize? I filled out that i wanted to get my own design print...it's been awhile and haven't heard back...

We were only able to get a handful done while we were dealing with the Make it Real Challenge. Now that it is over, we should be getting them printed up and sent out as soon as we are able :)

I entered the "Make It Real Challenge" last night, and this morning my instructible was featured under "technology". It features a 3-D print that is under 3"x3"x3". How do I go about claiming my prize?

oh great, I am currently featured :)

My Ible was featured today, does that mean I get a free print, and if so does it mean I have to design what I want or submit a pic of what I want printed?

How long does it take after you've entered the contest and been featured before you know if you get a print?
Also how long do we have to design a printable piece?

If we win one of these prints are we still eligible for the prizes at the end of the contest?
Thanks for any answers, I'm sort of confused.

Hi, you still qualify to win the contest if you get a free 3D print. You should hear back this week about getting the free 3D print :)

For the free 3D print? It should say in the message you got received :)

The prize claim form just said I would be contacted with more details.

Thanks already submitted it Jacob A Rogers said they would be shipped in about a week. Do you think another opportunity will arise or is this the last time 3D prints will be offered? (got a project in the pipes want to know if i should hold off for a bit on publishing)


6 years ago

here is another...wow...i'm so exited
anybody know which site i can check for the 3"x3" 3D print?


6 years ago

Wow. I've just bee awarded one of these. Thank you! I never realised Instructables contests were so cool.

I'm tempted by the robot figure but really should design something myself. I wonder if 3 inches cubed is enough to make a toy for my 7 month old son that won't be a choking hazard?

If i used autocad for a project, could i use those files to enter??

As long as you make something real, it qualifies :)


6 years ago

What file type do you need STL, SLC or can it be a 123d? How long do I have to design the product before the offer runs out?


6 years ago

will this be eligible too for a 3D print?



6 years ago

My instructable was featured on May 8th, how long do I have to design the product before the offer runs out?

Waaaa! missed the boat :'(

(Just kidding)

missed the boat....ya ....I know...cry cry...sob sob..
life is like that :-)


6 years ago

do i get a 3d print? mine is one day late...the 7th

:(((((( I was working on my entry but my house caught fire...... MUST MAKE ENTRY!!!

No, it was my sister's first time cooking with oil and.... yup it boiled over. Insurance is being VERY nice though!

It just burned the kitchen, but the smoke got into everything..


6 years ago

wow..i got featured!! cant wait to collect my 3d print :-D

I have submitted something, how do I recieve the free 3d printing, sorry I sound kind of rude, but I really want to see this technology, and a 3d model of teeth :)

It needs to get featured by someone on the Community Team.

Is there anything we have to do if we are featured or will Instructables contact us?

To clarify I mean contacting Instructables about the 3D print. I know about the notice that says if you are featured or not. Thanks.

We will send you a notification to claim your print.

Should this happen soon after being featured or sometime after the deadline? I posted an Instructable the 30th, It was accepted into Make It Real on the 1st or 2nd and was featured on the 4th.

hang on...

says the extended deadline is may 6th while


says the extended deadline is june 4th
Can anyone affirm one of the dates?

This offer of free printing is independent of the contest.

The contest ends June 4th

Gah! I thought it was May 7th. I just stayed up all night working on a project hoping to get it in on time but I missed it. *sad face* Procrastination is a cruel mistress!

Oh well, at least I'm almost finished the work on a groovy 'ible.