Contest for Owners of the 3D Printer 3Drag and K8200: the Second Best Selling Desktop 3D Printers

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Open-Electronics launched a competition on his 3D printer to reward those who demonstrate their skills in 3D printing. Three categories to allow each participant to give the best.

Sold more than 10K 3Drag/K8200 last year

Open Electronics (, the brainchild of a world leader in hobby electronics Futura Group srl, launched a competition on his 3D printer 3Drag/K8200.

In 2013 Open-Electronics create his completely open source 3D printer, based on the reprap platform: the 3Drag.
3Drag allowed an interesting number of updates: first the control board, then Open-Electronics added autonomous printing features and then added the mod to transform the 3Drag in a CNC Miling Machine.

The demand for the 3Drag was so high, that Open-Electronics ended up with dealing a great partnership with Velleman, the belgian manufacturer of electronics and more, that helped them to reduce the price allowing 3Drag to become one of the most competitive printers on the market today.

This elastic, fully open source, powerful, precise and cheap 3D Desktop printer sold more then 10K pieces last year including both Open-Electronics and Velleman sales.

This figures 3Drag/K8200 3D printer as the second most popular printer in 2013.

To celebrate this success, Open-Electronics created this contest for the more than 10,000 owners of this printer.

There are three categories to allow each participant to give the best.
The three categories are :

  • 3D hacking

The jury will evaluate the technical changes of mechanical or electronic type that have been made to the printer; they may be simple changes to increase the performance of the 3D printer or radical changes to rework/redesign/integrate a specific function

  • Usefulness and Creativity

Will be evaluated the functional use of a 3D printed object that you conceived, designed and printed.

  • Design and Arts

Will be evaluated the artistic prints and design objects, which will be awarded for the aesthetic qualities. The objects can also be “processed” after printing, like polished or painted, as long as the photos of the various steps are made available.

To encourage the participation of as many people as possible, Open-Electronics has planned three prestigious awards for a winner for each category.

The three winners will be rewarded with a voucher to be spent on Open-Electronics store of the value of € 500 each and Velleman provided for the winners three oscilloscopes.

Each competitor is recommended to enroll in only one category to give the best in the chosen field. Files with photos, videos and documentation must be sent by April 30th, 2014 using the form in the contest page:

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