Win a $5,000 3D printer with Esso and MyMiniFactory upcycling 3D design challenge

A new 3D
design challenge
from MyMiniFactory and
Esso is
offering a BCN3D Sigmax 3D printer as first prize.

This challenge to designers has upcycling at its center.
The design brief calls for submissions that take a widely used
aluminium drink can, and repurpose it. Christophe Fay, Esso
EAME Marketing Communications Manager, explains, “We sell a lot
of drinks at Esso stations, we also believe at Esso that every
details matters and that if upcycling can help re-use cans for
the benefit of our customer, we should help.”

In fact, aluminum cans like this are one of the most
commonly consumed products in the world – almost 6,700 cans
every second are thrown away.

Examples of how 3D printing can be used to upcycle drink
cans are given on the MyMiniFactory competition page. Some
early designs include converting the can into a bird feeder,
modular storage, and even a watering can. Alternatively,
designs for drink can accessories are encouraged.

Designers are requested to share their entries using the

#FuelingInnovation and to tag @MyMiniFactory @Esso_GB
Esso believes that 3D printing is
fueling innovation is the sense that, “innovation is a mindset,
we are always looking at new initiatives that bring new ideas
and that can ultimately enrich the customer fueling

Your design on the mass

MyMiniFactory says the competition is also an opportunity
for 3D designers to reach a much wider audience. “The designs
entered may be considered for use in future marketing
initiatives post competition,” states the MyMiniFactory
competition page, “This is the first time such an opportunity
has been on the table for the 3D printing community, so it’s
time to break out and show us what you’ve got!” Esso’s
Christophe Fay adds, “Objects proposed could end up being
offered to our customers in a promotion.”

This Esso sponsored competition is the first
collaboration between the two enterprises. “MyMiniFactory is a
small, innovative company. We think we can learn from such
organisations,” said  Christophe Fay, “[the]business
ecosystem is diverse, we believe diversity brings a lot to
business. We want to work with such companies.”

Win a $5k 3D printer and more

The BCN3D Sigmax 3D
extends the capabilities of the
popular Sigma desktop 3D printer with a larger print volume of
420x297x210mm. The FDM 3D printer also has a dual extruder
system, so multiple colors or materials can be printed. In
addition to having your design work seen by one of the largest
energy companies in the world, a runner-up prize of a

is also up for grabs.

The BCN3D Sigma (Left) versus the new BCN3D Sigmax (right). Image via BCN3DThe BCN3D Sigma (Left)
versus the new BCN3D Sigmax (right). Image via BCN3D

The competition runs until the 14th of February 2018, and
is only open to residents of Australia, Europe and North
America who are over the age of 18.

To enter the competition follow
this link
to the competition page, read the
brief, download the designer resources and follow the

We want to know about the most useful applications of
3D printing and the enterprises leading the additive
manufacturing industry. Make your nominations for

2018 3D Printing Industry Awards


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