Several weeks ago we launched a contest asking participants to conceptualize the spirit of the emerging 3D printing revolution by creating a 3D printable sculpture that captured the essence of the word "renaissance." With many modern Michelangelos putting their skills to the test it was a daunting task to determine the sculpture that best visually represented the emerging zeitgeist of additive technology. But after lots of deliberation, our judges have named the winners.

It took Michelangelo 3 years to sculpt David, the quintessential symbol of mankind's first Renaissance in 1504. Now, five hundred and ten years later, our judges have been blown away by submitted designs that would be unfathomable in the past. Due to the combination of CG software and 3D printing, artists can now explore intricate geometric forms, structural nomalies, and creative design solutions that would be otherwise impossible to build.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Bathsheba Grossman for giving us guidance on judging criteria and selections. We would also like to thank the team at GROWit for helping us confirm printability, an important factor in judging, and for 3D printing the models so they can be showcased in a special display area at 3D Printer World Expo in Burbank, Calif., Jan 31-Feb. 1.

The winners:

3rd Place - $2,000

Brett Hardin of Los Angeles, California

Third place goes to Brett Hardin's sculpture entitled, "Imagination and Technology Cultivate Humanity," which also explores the duality of creativity and knowledge. Twisting from the cogs of imagination is the genie of invention. Brett's sculpture exemplifies the versatility of 3D printing and the fact that a machine can extrude almost any type of material including human cells.


2nd Place - $3,000

Eric Keller of Los Angeles, California

Eric's work entitled "Galileo" pays homage to the "father of science," signifying the
importance of discovery and knowledge – necessary components for 3D printing's
sustainable future. Immersed in this "tree of life" is Galileo's sleeping image. Eyes shut, he contemplates the future as thoughts branch forth in an array of stars, moons, and other small celestial objects. The structural intricacies of Eric's work are truly astounding. "Galileo" blends mysticism with science – intertwining engineered complexity with organic detail. "Galileo" can be seen as the intersection of art and science, a growing blend of two disciplines that are slowly integrating once again due to 3D printing.


1st Place - $15,000

Kevin Mack of Los Angeles, California

With his multi-dimensional outburst of creative expression the first place award goes to Kevin Mack's "Geometric Awakening." This highly complex work of art consists of exactly 1
million polygons and, incredibly, is one single mesh with no degenerate faces. Never appearing the same way twice, "Geometric Awakening" is the essence of abstraction. This mass of overlapping, intersecting surfaces can be seen as the symbolic vessel of the expanding human consciousness. With indefinable shapes growing in all directions, "Geometric Awakening" is a testament to the visual complexity that can be achieved through 3D printing – reminding us that additive technologies will allow for the exploration of new creative dimensions, forms and ideas.

The staff of 3D Printer World would like to thank everyone who entered the contest. Your talents and creativity are much appreciated. Many inspired models were submitted, making it very difficult to select our three winners.