The race was captured by 6 cameras strategically mounted around the track. We even had one camera at the top of the track and one in the crash zone getting slow motion coverage of the action.
Models Plus built a 6′ track that was modeled after a Ski Jump. The purpose of the contest was to give Industrial Designers the chance to really flex their design muscles with 3D printing technology. In addition since this years design conference theme was “Breaking the Rules” we opened up the entries to designers from all over the world. This meant you didn’t need to be in the IDSA and you didn’t need to be attending the conference. We thought this was an interesting twist because the combination of low cost digital manufacturing tools and crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo it is really changing who can be a designer and manufacture a product.
In order to challenge the designers Inventables offered up three 3D printers as prizes to the best car in each of the following 3 categories:
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