Update: This competition is now closed. View the winner of the 3D Printer and selected favorites below. Subscribe to PDO to hear the latest challenges.
Favorites and Prize Winner
453 submissions were uploaded to Thangs.com for the #tidydesk competition. Keep in mind, many participants uploaded more than one submission (which was allowed).
You can browse all of the submissions or check out the favorites below.
I spent a few hours looking at all 453 submissions…
I pulled out the following 15 favorites based on the selection criteria: creativity, functional, and iterative. Deciding a winner from the 15 was not a task for my mind alone…
…so I called on some of my designer friends and colleagues to vote for their favorite.
15 Selected Favorites
Note that the following “favorites” are listed in no particular order.
Cable Real Print-in-Place by joaolsneto
Laptop Holder with Cable Management by MtlHed
Laptop Stand by mail4mikew
LEVI Surface Doubler by tim940301
Monitor Stand – Tower Bridge London by designsbykarl
Modular Desk Organizers by NoahMillerDesign
Nu-Clear Desk Power Organizer by CornishCo
Organic Forms by hatimtab412
Attachable Desk Paper Shredder by wortega
Sand Castle Revolver by pauleam1045
Modular Mini Lockers by ERZdigital
Wireless Charging Organizer by Schmitnd
Ultimate Extensible Power Station by alchemic
Modular Storage System by jacob0002
Extendable Triangular Organiser by eMniovate
I tallied all of the votes… and it was a very close call between two…
and the winner is…
Congratulations to ERZdigital with his entry of the Modular Mini Lockers!
Edward shared his build process, including images of his prototypes.
Thanks to everyone who participated! There were a lot of amazing submissions, including many that weren’t displayed above.
Keep your eye out for the next competition which will have additional prizes and more ways to win!
Start Date: 22nd September 2020
9th October 2020 11:59 PM Pacific Time. This competition is closed. Subscribe to PDO to hear the latest challenges.
PRIZE: Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer
A fun challenge to practice, test, and share your 3D modeling skills with the world. Let’s inspire others to learn and make new products.
- How to Participate (3 Steps)
- Winner Announced – 16th October 2020
- Selection Criteria
- Questions / Comments / Share progress?
- Design Considerations
- Starter Ideas
How to Participate (3 Steps)
- Design and 3D Model a product or prototype that improves the organization of your home office or desk. See the considerations and starter ideas below.
Note: You can use the CAD software of your choice. It does not have to be Fusion 360.
- Upload your solution (any 3D file type) to Thangs.com by October 9th, 2020. Creating an account is 100% free. Thangs.com is similar to Thingiverse, except that it indexes and relates models based on their geometry. It’s like if Thingiverse and Google had a baby – oh, and unlike Thingiverse, it actually loads!
- Come up with a clever product name! Include the hashtag #TidyDesk in the description (required so Kevin can find the submissions!).
Increase your chances of winning – upload as many submissions as you’d like!
Winner Announced – 16th October 2020
Kevin will share some favorite submissions along with the selected prize winner (Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer) via video on October 16th. The winner of the 3D printer will be required to provide a shipping address within 14 days of the announcement.
A winner will be chosen based on the following criteria:
- Creativity – a design that is innovative (not a copy of an existing design)
- Functional – the object works as expected and is intuitive to use
- Iterative – uploading multiple iterations of a design will not only increase your chances of being selected but will show that you enhanced the design based on feedback and iterations.
Questions / Comments / Share progress?
More than ever people are spending significant amounts of time at home. Consider how you could organize your workstation, declutter something in the office, or simply make the space more enjoyable with a new product or prototype.
Consider how different users may interact with the space if it is shared with others. Don’t be afraid to “think outside the box” and create something unique to your space or situation.
Don’t already have an idea in mind? Start with one of the following ideas and make it your own – personalize it with your name, make it a unique shape or size, or modify a design for better 3D printing.
- Phone holder
- Pencil holder
- Cable organizers
- Solutions with only one part
- Tabletop monitor/laptop stand
- Headphone rest with cord storage
- Power strip mount
- Solutions with more than one idea
- Modular storage containers
- Trays that clip onto a desk
- Tape dispenser with hidden compartment
- Solutions with multiple parts/ideas
Who is the challenge for?
The challenge is open to everyone with access to 3D modeling software – it doesn’t have to be Fusion 360. You are welcome to share the challenge with your School, Makerspace, or other organization. Make it a friendly competition and challenge your friend!
Where can I ask for help?
Join the PDO community on Discord and use the #3d_modeling_challenge channel. Ask your questions, share progress, bounce ideas around, or simply stop by and say hello!
Does it cost anything to enter?
Nope! You can use any free modeling software. Solutions are uploaded to Thangs.com, which is also completely free. No payment is required to be eligible to win the 3D printer.
Where do I submit my design?
All submissions should be uploaded to Thangs.com, by adding #TidyDesk to the description. This is required so Kevin can search to see all the submissions.
How much time do I need to allocate for the challenge?
Spend 15 minutes or several hours – This is up to you! You can submit one small project, multiple projects, or one time-intensive project.
Are there prizes to be won?
Yes! There will be 1 grand prize winner that gets an Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer. The winner will be required to provide a shipping address within 14 days of the announcement on October 16th.
Do I need a 3D printer?
You’re encouraged to prototype the design, but it does not have to be 3D printed. Make iterations on your initial design(s) after testing them out – then upload a new model!