iMakr hosts iMakrthon - London's First 3D Printing Hackathon
The 18th of October saw the very first “iMakrthon”: iMakr and MyMiniFactory’s first 3D Printing hackathon.
6 University teams, comprised of top engineering and design students gathered at the iMakr store in Farringdon for a 24 hour event where they would be competing to produce the most innovative product or prototype, with the winner standing a chance to be incubated within iMakr, and have their product eventually be bought to market.
All iMakrthon Entries can be viewed here
The brief delivered was “handhelds” and teams would have to make use of 3D printing technology to bring their concepts to fruition.
Hacking started at 11am sharp, and the teams were off to a running start, with the first test print being set off less than two hours in. Concepts and ideas were refined and printing continued late into the night and early hours of the morning. The iMakr technicians were pushed to the limit, slicing dozens of STL’s and preparing them for printing.
The event was incredibly intense but overall a great success, with hundreds of prints hours being clocked by the end of it. All 6 teams produced amazing results, with all 6 products being potentially viable for market.
A expert judging panel was assembled, comprised of Oscar Wanless - product designer at Silo Studios, Jeremy Wright - industrial designer at Design Wright and Mustafa Raye - 3D printing guru and store manager at iMakr. Choosing a winner was not easy, but eventually the panel went with Imperial College London for their stunning finger brace - which was virtually a finished product created in only 24 hours. Designed to fully be customisable, each design provides the perfect amount of bracing and support to the individual using it. Well done guys!
The runners up were Ravensbourne Design College, who produced an elegant solution to the vey modern problem of “Card clash”, with a card holder that separates your cards using a clever sliding mechanism.
London South Bank addressed the issue of childhood obesity, by digitising a king of the hill type game in an effort to motivate kids to get of the couch – and produced some great 3D printed prototypes.
UCA Rochester had a new take on the remote control, creating an incredibly ergonomic and innovative design, which made use of a clever docking station as well as intuitive gesture control.
UCA Farnham designed and prototyped a “never-spill tray” which employed a gyroscopic mechanism to make sure drinks stayed put while being carried.
Lastly Kingston University came up with the “Pepper Slider”. A novel new way for grinding pepper for people who suffer from osteoporosis and arthritis.
iMakr and MyMiniFactory would like to congratulate all the teams on their efforts, it was a great event and we look forward to holding many more in future so watch this space!
All of the projects will be uploaded to MyMiniFactory for you to download for free if you'd like to try print any of them yourselves.
If you would like any more information about iMakrthon, or would like to be involved in future events, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com