Legacy Effects and Stan Winston School of Character Arts are challenging 3D modelers to create their own ultimate robot design. The person with the best overall design will get their robot prototyped on an Objet500 Connex multi-material 3D Printer. The Objet is a professional class 3D printer capable of building with over 120 different materials. It can incorporate up to 14 different materials within the same build session and features 16-micron, high-resolution layers.

You can use any 3D software program you like to design your epic robot. In the first stage of the contest you will be asked to upload a photo of your model, not the 3D files. If you are selected as a finalist they will request your completed 3D files at that point. The winning entry will be selected by Jason Lopes, the Lead System Engineer at Los Angeles-based Legacy Effects. A few of Lopes' career highlights include work on Terminator Salvation, 2012, Avatar, Thor, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens.

Here are the contest rules from the official Legacy Effects Facebook page:

  • Your Robot must obey the laws of physics.
  • Ensure that your Robot Design is thick enough to be 3D printed.
  • The Stratasys Connex 500 is the rapid prototyping machine being used.
  • Make sure that there are no open areas on your 3D model.
  • Maximum Print size is 12'' (H) X 10'' (W) X 7'' (D).
  • Use any 3D software program you want to design your robot.
  • Upload a picture (Not 3D file) of your creation to this contest.
  • All entrants (that's you) must prepare your 3D files for rapid prototyping.
  • If selected as a finalist you will send your 3D files for inspection.
  • From these finalists a winner will be chosen.
  • The winning design will be grown at Legacy Effects and mailed to your address!
  • The last date submissions will be accepted is August 25th, 2013
  • Entries can be submitted from this page. FaceBook login/permission is required.

In addition to creating movie props Legacy Effects has partnered with many of Hollywood's top FX studios to develop video tutorials demonstrating how to make some of the cinema's most memorable characters. In the past the SWSCA has used their Objet to produce creatures and characters from the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Avatar and Pacific Rim.

You can check out the official contest video here: