Join us at Brandeis University's annual Printathon! Sponsored by 3D printing club Deis3D, the Printathon challenges you to use creativity, design, and 3D printing skills to solve practical problems. This 24-hour event will be a team competition judged by a panel of industry leaders and technology specialists. We'll be providing food, tech, and lots of great prizes to win!
How does it work?
You'll work in teams of up to 6 makers to design and 3D print your creation. Only fused filament fabrication (FFF) printers are allowed. Teams will be provided with a theme/challenge during the beginning of the Printathon, which although not mandatory, will influence the judgment of your creation. Printing starts on Saturday morning and goes on for 24 hours straight.
Who can attend?
All students from any college/university or high school are welcome.
How do I register?
Register through Eventbrite by ordering a ticket above. Registrations work on a first-come-first-serve basis, so be sure to register as soon as possible. You can register an individual and then state your teammate's preferences, so don't worry about having your whole team register at once.
Can I register alone? How big will teams be?
Yes! If you are alone or don't have enough people to make a team, you'll be able to form one at the beginning of the event. Teams should be groups of up to 6 people, and your teammates can be from different universities.
How much does it cost?
The event is completely free! We'll provide food and drinks, as well as shared printers to be used throughout the event.
What should I bring?
Participants are encouraged to bring their own printers and any specific filament they plan to use. We'll attempt to ensure every team has at least 2 printers. Deis3D will provide PLA filament, soldering stations, and tools for making small printer repairs. Additionally, computers with MakerBot desktop, Cura, Slic3r, and Simplify3D will be available for slicing prints. These items may be in high demand, so we recommend bringing team gear when possible.
What should I make?
Teams will be provided with a theme/challenge during the beginning of the competition. You can come with an idea in mind, but no CADing beforehand. We encourage all kinds of ideas, whether it's a proof of concept, a model, or a prototype. Whatever you choose to make, do your best to sell your ideas to the judges.
Can my team make more than one creation?
Yes! You can make as many if you want (if you find the time to print everything), but teams will be asked to select a maximum of two creations to be judged.
What can I print with?
PLA, PVA, PET, nylon, and flexible filaments. If there is a specific material you want to use that is not listed, shoot us an email.
What hardware will be available?
Deis3D will provide some shared 3D printers, PLA filament, soldering stations, and tools for making small printer repairs. Additionally, some computers with MakerBot desktop, Cura, Slic3r, and Simplify3D will be available for slicing prints. These items may be in high demand, so we recommend bringing team gear if possible.
What is not allowed?
Printing with ABS is not allowed, as well as any procedures that release strong fumes or smells (such as using acetone or other solvents). We will have superglue available if you need to weld parts together.
What are the judging criteria?
Creations will receive different scores on theme adherence, creativity, complexity, functionality, 3D printed components, and presentation.
I have a question not listed here.
That's fine! You can contact the organizers through our email, deis3d[at]gmail.com.