The folks at MakerBot Thingiverse recently held a 3D printing contest for the birds, asking designers to submit their most creative, 3D printable birdhouse design. The Birdhouse Challenge brought in over 160 impressive 3D printed designs from designers around the country. Erik J. Durwood’s classic American Craftsman Bungalow Birdhouse nabbed the first prize, which will be on display along with the runners up at MakerBot’s flagship in New York City.
Durwood’s classic bird bungalow took the MakerBot 20 hours of 3D printing time to lock in all the details of the suburban-style home. Using True White MakerBot PLA filament, the birdhouse has two entrances, ventilation through the chimney, and rainwater runs off the sloping roof. The interior also has wind-guarded platforms for staying warm. The impressive house prints in just one piece, without the need for support materials!
The two runners up couldn’t be more different. Second runner up Valcrow has done a take on a regal Castle Tower, complete with bird bath, look out perch, rain channel and bird feeder, all printed in the style fit for a queen. Gyrobot’s Nested Birdhouse, in 3rd place, is an geometric oblong orb that is made from staggered pieces that can be flat packed. Held together with hinges, the Nest is cocoon shaped and made to foster young chicks inside.
The top three winners of the Birdhouse Challenge will have bragging rights to show off their designs at the MakerBot store at 298 Mulberry in NYC, but also get to bring home spools of MakerBot PLA filament. First prize winner Erik Durwood also gets a feature on Thingiverse and his own egg-drawing Egg-Bot.