GROWit held its 3rd Annual Additive Pinewood Derby on September 27th in celebration of GROWit’s 6-Year Anniversary. Eleven participants designed and printed custom parts to add to the standard Pinewood Derby car base. The idea was to challenge the traditional idea of a Pinewood Derby car as well as get the creative juices flowing in some of our staff and partners.
Cars were judged in a variety of categories. In order to qualify and participate in the race, at least one 3D technology needed to be utilized. Points were awarded by the judges in the following categories:
- Fastest Single Run
- Most Additive Parts Used
- Most Variety of Technologies Used
- Best look
The top 3 cars were awarded with gifts and of course, bragging rights!
Here were the top 3 winners based on the categories above:
In 3rd Place – Jason Brown blew everyone away with his mini skateboard car, inspired by his favorite childhood toy – the Tech Deck™. This mini skateboard was printed in PLS in GROWit’s omniGRO material, then sanded, painted and lined with actual skateboard grip tape. The greatest part about this car was the attached GoPro™ to the top of the board – capturing all of his defendants as he passed the finish line.
In 2nd Place – Ben Folwell took us all by storm with The Green Hornet.
Printed in Polyjet VeroTranslucent then dyed a mean shade of green. This car was not only aesthetically pleasing, but equally fast on the track.
This year was such a success that we are already brainstorming and designing for next year’s derby! We can’t wait to see what kind of creativity shows up on the track!
Check out our Facebook Page to see the complete Pinewood Derby 2013 album —> Here
Interested in participating in GROWit’s 4th Annual Additive Pinewood Derby? Contact us here for more details!
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3D Printing and Kickstarter Series :: LUNATIK
By: Alicia Frye
GROWit prints magical, masterful, pure-awesomeful things every day. In this particular blog series, we highlight some of our Kickstarter customers: the leading innovators of consumer products. Today’s highlighted success? LUNATIK.
MINIMAL design is a true star in successful vision-to-launch with LUNATIK products. LUNATIK’s disruptive nature and transformational design to impact everyday life look to be just too irresistible for crowdfunding cruisers to pass up. One might even say their award-winning founder Scott Wilson is Jeopardy!’s Ken Jennings of the Kickstarter world with his 3 for 3 record [LUNATIK TAKTIK :: LUNATIK Touch Pen :: TikTok+LunaTik]. TAKTIK came out with a not-too-shabby $680,568 raised in 30 days, funded by over 450% of their goal.
TAKTIK :: Premium Protection System for the iPhone
TAKTIK is one revolutionary iPhone case that made its way on Kickstarter and, in my humble iPhone-using opinion, is truly the case of all cases. It’s resilient structure and functional design was no mistake.
“By obsessing over all the details that others neglect like fit, finish, feel, display integrity, robustness and aesthetics, we are raising the bar again,” shares LUNATIK creator Scott Wilson.
The TAKTIK brings its hardcore game in all of its rugged glory and looks good doing it. From water to concrete, baby can practically withstand any encounter (not that it’s actually encouraged for one to seek out such encounters…). This case can more than handle the beatings that are inevitable for iPhone users.
TAKTIK has some stunning features:
- Shockproof Suspension System 9mm Impact Truss + Ballastik Bezel
- Upgradable High Sensitivity Gorilla Glass Lens Protection
- Acoustic water + dust resistant mic/speaker covers
- Photo/Flash friendly camera opening
- 3.5 HSJ cover made from anodized aircraft grade aluminum
- 30-pin plug allows quick access for charging
- Silence switch
- iPhone antenna friendly metal case
- Tested using military specification standards
- Available starting at $99.95
TAKTIK for iPhone4/4s is currently available at LUNATIK (https://www.lunatik.com/products/taktik) and TAKTIK for iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order in January. LUNATIK will also unveil a larger series of protective cases in the new year.
LUNATIK was able to use GROWit’s 3D printing technology facility to take TAKTIK from the computer screen to the physical hand. Material simulations, form-to-fit testing, and product representation in early development stages are staples in rapid prototyping and product development.
Iterations of products like this give designers a physical product to use and represent on platforms like Kickstarter. For a small amount of money and time, designers save across the board when using a service bureau for creating new consumer products.
Be sure and check all of LUNATIK Kickstarter success products, which all underwent 3D printing R&D-to-production process under the GROWit HQ roof:
Can’t wait to see what’s to come in future LUNATIK Kickstarter campaigns.