You Fab 2012 International Design Contest

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     Category:  Multiple Disciplines
     Deadline:  August 31, 2012  (expired!)
     Contest's Website:  [link]


    FabCafe is the first café in Japan with a laser cutter. Four months ago, FabCafe opened its doors in Shibuya, Tokyo. So far, we’ve had more than 10,000 customers, and they’ve created over 600 works of art with our laser cutter.

    Our next goal is to share the excitement of fab with more people. So, this summer FabCafe has joined forces with the Loftwork.com platform for creators to host an international design contest: You Fab 2012. One of the main appeals of fab is that someone can email you a design for a physical object like a bicycle, and it’s like sending you the bicycle itself. With a laser cutter, you can fabricate almost anything you want.

    For You Fab 2012 we’re looking for exciting ideas from around the world, beyond the walls of our café in Tokyo.

    Categories:

    • Mac Fab
    Use the MacBook cover as a canvas for your original design. The laser cutter engraves the coating on the surface, not the metal. Your design will appear white when it is engraved.

    • Free Fab
    You choose the materials and theme.

    The laser-cutter can cut materials up to 813x457mm. The thickness it can cut depends on the material. The precision at cross-sections and start and end points will be lower with thicker materials, so we recommend a maximum thickness of 5mm for both acrylic and plywood.

    Everyone who enters the contest will be given a 500 yen discount on one use of the FabCafe laser cutter.

    Eligibility


    Anyone.
    Entrants need to have an account on Loftwork.com.
    Loftwork.com is a free online portfolio site.

    Prize


    Mac Fab category:

    Grand Prize (1 winner)
    ・11-inch MacBook Air engraved with the winner’s design.
    ・The winner’s design will be sold on FabCafe’s online store.

    Special Prizes (multiple winners)
    ・The winners’ designs will be sold on FabCafe’s online store.

    Free Fab category:

    Grand Prize (1 winner)
    ・ A FabCafe party to celebrate your fab design. We will subsidize transport costs for people who live outside of Tokyo (up to around 1200 USD).
    ・ The winner’s design will be sold on FabCafe’s online store after a prototype is made in FabCafe .

    Special Prize (1 winner)
    ・ The winner’s design will be sold on FabCafe’s online store after a prototype is made in FabCafe.