Here's a new challenge specific to a particular 3D Printer: the Freedom of Creations (FOC) Talents design brief Quarter 4 2010 requests "end product application and design for Paper Rapid Prototyping (PRP)". In other words, "what's a commercially interesting object to print on the MCOR Matrix 300 paper 3D printer?"
FOC has been running these competitions quarterly for some time, with prior contests involving a new wedding ring concept, design a CASE for the Blackberry Bold 9700 and the FOC lighting collection. This time it's a paper challenge. From FOC:
FOC Talents is a global online network of talented, young and pre-selected designers that send in computer aided designs (CAD) every quarter, based on a prior given design brief. This quarter the Talents are challenged with an end product application and design for Paper Rapid Prototyping (PRP). With significantly lower running costs, the Matrix really does give the freedom to create!
FOC has dabbled with the MCOR in the past, producing an iPhone cover. Evidently this experiment was successful, leading to this quarter's challenge. Paper printing offers some different opportunities for designers, not only due to the low cost of print material (yes, just paper) but also the variety of color layers one can employ.
The winning entry will be awarded €250, while runners up "will be added to the FOC Online store. Royalties are 5%." Not bad!
Via FOC (Hat tip to Deirdre)