3D Design Challenge

18 and over | Ends Sept 6, 2016

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Thanks to all the participants - we love you!

Create a tool or device that will make daily tasks easier for people with limited use of their hands.

Imagine what it would be like to not have full use of your hands and fingers. This is reality for many people all over the world including stroke victims, military veterans, arthritis sufferers, children affected by severe epilepsy, and others with debilitating conditions. Use your 3D design skills to make life a little easier for them. Create designs that will help people with limited use of their hands complete their daily activities.

To get a full understanding of what it is like to live with a hand disability, we want to introduce you to someone who has first hand experience (see video).

Ends on: Sept 6, 2016 at 23:59:59 PST

Pinshape & Within Reach 3D Design Challenge (18 and over) Prizes


1st Place

2nd Prize (one per category)

3rd Place

  • $50 MatterHackers Credit


  • Pinshape Contest Judge Les Hall

    Les Hall

    Pinshape Ambassador

    Les has always been a maker and really enjoys creating things that have a purpose. He earned his BS EE and MSEE degrees at NCSU and spent 10 years in that area. Today, Les specializes in 3D printing, electronics, and software. He started working with e-NABLE in 2014 and his contributions include participating in the R&D community and helping to develop the early application of electronics to the prosthetics. He created the “Spidey Sense” and “Phone Home” which are both well received at e-NABLE.

  • Pinshape Contest Judge Jen and Ivan Owen

    Jen and Ivan Owen


    Ivan Owen is the co-designer of the first 3D printed hand that was created for a young boy in South Africa in 2013. After his hand designed was released as an open source file, he focused on improving the design with the e-NABLE community. His wife, Jen Owen created the enablingthefuture.org website and blog. She shares stories from the global e-NABLE Community on the blog, and works with makers and recipients who are interested in getting a 3D printed e-NABLE device

  • Pinshape Contest Judge Dave Gaylord

    Dave Gaylord

    MatterHackers/Mechanical Engineer

    Dave Gaylord, Director of Marketing at MatterHackers, Inc., is a Design Engineer with 10+ years of professional experience in 3D Printing. Dave has a background in design and is familiar with many manufacturing techniques. He became interested in 3D printing because of it’s ability to make rapid design iterations and prototypes. His experience comes from professional positions as a Product Development Engineer designing consumer devices and an R&D Engineer for implantable medical devices and surgical tools.

  • Pinshape Contest Judge Brandy Leigh Scott

    Brandy Leigh Scott

    Brandy Leigh Scott is a loyal Baltimore Orioles & Ravens fan, Emerson College graduate, and Post Production Supervisor for various television shows. Her current project is Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team on CMT, and Clash of the Grandmas for Food Network. When she isn’t working, Brandy is going to a concert anywhere from the Staples Center to the Sunset Strip.

Rules & Eligibility

  1. Contest closes on Sept 6, 2016 at 23:59:59 PST.
  2. Entries cannot have been previously submitted to a Pinshape contest.
  3. Entries must comply with Pinshape’s content policy.
  4. Entrants must be registered with Pinshape to enter.
  5. There is no fee to enter the challenge.
  6. Entrants can submit as many unique entries as they would like.
  7. Contest open worldwide.


Creativity : 40 points
Overall design quality, uniqueness, intricacy and detail
Technical Excellence : 40 points
Design Functionality and Application: How helpful is this design for someone with limited use of their hands/fingers? Is this design solving a real problem for them?
Presentation and Documentation : 10 points
Include photos of your early iterations to show the evolution of the design. A link to video of the design in action and of the different prototypes is suggested but not required. If you can't 3D print the design, please include pictures of your cardboard or paper prototypes. We encourage you to participate in the online conversation and build momentum for your design by posting photos and video with hashtag #WithinReach3DP and by tagging @Pinshape @MatterHackers @Enablethefuture and @Ultimaker on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. This is not part of the entry requirements and will not be considered in the judges score. ** Please note – having your model 3D printed does help to illustrate your design is printable on an FDM printer and helps with higher presentation quality. If you are a 3D designer who doesn’t have access to a 3D printer, please use this thread in our forums to reach out to a maker in the community who can print the design for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enter the contest?

Upload your 3D design to Pinshape and be sure to check the box that says “Submit this model to Within Reach 3D Design Challenge (18 and over)”.

Who am I designing for?

Brandy is just an example of the hundreds of thousands of people around the world without full use of their hands. You can design something for her, a friend, a Grandparent, your local barista, anyone who inspires you to help! Try wrapping your own hands in tape or socks for a day and see what tasks you find difficult. How can you make it easier?

What kind of files can I submit for the challenge?

We accept .STL, .MCX, .AMF, .3MF, .DXF, .IGES, .DWG, .STEP, .ACIS, .OBJ, .FORM, .PDF, .DOCX, .TXT and .ZIP files. You can submit up to a max of 150 files and 25 photos (this is photos of the design not files for the design). 100MB is the maximum total file size.

What happens to my design if I win?

You will keep ownership of the design and it will remain available to everyone in the Pinshape community to enjoy!

Can I submit designs I’ve made available on other sites or for other contests?

Yes you can. If it isn’t on Pinshape yet and it is something you’ve designed, it’s fair game!

Do I still own my designs when I post them?

Of course! We will never take over control of your work, we’re on your side.

When/how will the winners be announced?

The winner will be announced in the week following the end of the contest, in a post on the Pinshape blog. If you’re a winner, you’ll be contacted directly by the Pinshape team.

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