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Mountaineer Makers

We will be hosting the West Virginia Mountaineer Maker's Challenge, a 3D printing competition that lets you show off your creativity and modeling skills!

Registration Deadline: March 10th, 2017

Competition Day: March 31st, 2017



There are four categories to which you can submit entries. Submissions will be judged both by a panel and an open popular vote. *We will approve all designs before printing. If we deem your submission to be inappropriate for the challenge, we will notify you. You can either submit a new design, or forfeit your participation in the challenge.

Best Mountaineer Pride

Show your pride in WVU or the state of West Virginia! What does being a Mountaineer mean to you? Submit a design that emphasizes your support for the state you live in!

Best Mechanized Design

Submit a design that incorporates technology or actuated parts! Articulating joints, interfaced with an Arduino, etc. If you have a design that can move or function, submit it in this category.

Best Artistic Design

Show off your artistic prowess in this category! Submit a design that exhibits your creativity. Or make a statement with a stunning, thought-provoking art piece.


Have an idea that doesn't fit into any of the other categories? Submit it here.

Team size: No more than 6 people
Registration Fee: $5 per submission
Printing Fee: $0.10/cm^3 (if you opt to have us print for you)


3D prints don't always go the way the designer intends and can take a very long time to make. 3D printing an object can take anywhere from 20 minutes to over a day, depending on the size, fill volume, and resolution of the print. Please bear this in mind when submitting a design. Please submit your entries as early as possible. This will allow you time to fix and refine your design in case there is an error with the printing process.

Submitting a Design

Make your part in a computer aided design (CAD) software (e.g., Solidworks) and save it as an .STL or .OBJ file. Then send it to us for approval.

Printing a Design

Choose whichever option best suits your needs:

  • Have us print your design for $0.10/cm^3, or
  • Print your design using a 3rd party printing service of your choice.

New to 3D Design?

Here is a handy primer for moving your idea out of your head and into your hands: Printing Primer

Additional Info

Maker's Flyer 

Interested in joining the MA/MRS club? Email us at

Additional Sponsors

  • Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
  • Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Statler College Office of Outreach and Recruitment