A paper airplane flying contest might have cut it at some engineering conference in the 1950s, but the upcoming 2013 IDSA conference will be holding something considerably more exciting. Come August 24th in Chicago, ten 3D-printed cars will be launched down a model of a ski jump, and the car's resultant flight (and the spectacle-worthiness of its crash) will be judged for excellence.
Whose ten 3D-printed cars, you ask? Maybe yours. The Launch Day 2013 competition is open to all comers, provided you get your 3D-printed design in by August 12th. That initial batch will be judged for both aesthetics and for "using unique attributes of 3D printing," winnowing the field down to ten. The final ten will then be printed, then launched on the final day of the conference, and whomever's design is judged the winner will take home a brand-new 3D printer. (Runners-up will get $100 gift cards from competition sponsor Inventables.)
There's no cost to enter, and each entrant can submit up to five designs. Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Which means yep, there's a catch: You've gotta be in it to win it. Specifically, inside the conference center in Chicago, as only registered attendees are eligible to win.
Click here to get details on the build envelope and printer selection for entries.