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!
Entries are live now! VOTE AT EACH LINK BELOW!
Print Request Deadline: February 9th, 2018
Early Registration Deadline: February 15th, 2018
Competition Day Registration Deadline: February 23rd, 2018 by 10AM
There are three 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.
Creative Artistic Design
Design something that is creative, visually appealing, thought-provoking, etc. Designs will be
judged by popular vote of WVU students and faculty.
Designs submitted must contain a minimum of three separately printed pieces
which can be assembled together to create an entirely new object. The goal of this challenge is to
transform the assembly components into something different and unique. The designs do not have to
contain moving parts, but they can if desired. Assembly may contain as many parts as desired by the
Bridge Design Challenge
This category challenges students to produce a bridge that is able to hold a
suspended weight from its center across a span of 4 inches. Bridges will be loaded via a bucket
suspended via the center-most point along the bridge, spanning two table tops. Bridges will be loaded until failure with winners decided by the amount of weight that can be held (which correlates to the strength of the structure’s design) as well as the total weight of the bridge itself (correlating to a conservation of materials).
Early Registration Fee: $5 per submission
Normal Registration Fee: $8 per submission
Printing Fee: $0.20/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 $0.20/cm^3, or
- Print your design using a 3rd party printing service of your choice.
New to 3D Design?
Check out our intro to CAD classes offered each semester here.
Interested in joining the MA/MRS club? Email us at
- Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
- Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- Statler College Office of Outreach and Recruitment