The Industrial Designers Society of America is sponsoring a rather unusual 3D printing contest, which culminates at their August 12 annual conference.
The design part of the contest is straightforward: submit a design that is "beauty / fun / thematic" and uses "unique attributes of 3D printing". Designs must employ specific supplied axles and wheels. A jury will select the best ten finalists, whose designs will be 3D printed.
Then the fun starts.
Each of the ten 3D printed finalist cars will shoot down a real-life ski-jump track, recorded from many angles with slow-motion video. The "jumps" will then be judged based on: flight length, aesthetics and of course, "most spectacular crash". The winner of each category receives their own Up! Mini 3D printer.
Have you ever designed something to explode dramatically?