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Countertop Challenge Page

We are excited to be back with a new challenge with our partners at MakerBot and Thingiverse. When some people look at countertop, they appreciate the emptiness. When we look at that space , we see an opportunity for innovation. That’s where you come in! Your ideas will help us fill the empty space between your countertop and the bottom of your upper kitchen cabinets. The possibilities are endless: a custom holder for your utensils, task lighting, embedded sensors, or a weight sensing cutting board. What would you make?

Designs could be purely 3D printed accessories, with no additional components, or devices that use AC outlets or USB ports are also accepted (including wifi enabled) since many sensors can be powered by them.

How to Enter

HOW: Design and upload creations to both FirstBuild and Thingiverse using hashtag #CountertopChallenge. Entries must be tagged #CountertopChallenge to be considered.

DURATION: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 12:00AM EST to Sunday, March 14, 2015 at 11:59PM EST. All entries must be received no later than Sunday, March 14, 2015 at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be announced on April 20, 2015.


We’ve taken into account much of the feedback we received from our last challenge with MakerBot’s Thingiverse. The consensus is that popular voting alone should not be the only way in which entries can move on to the final Top 20 that will be put in front of our expert judges. Thus, a combination of community votes and expert FirstBuild/Thingiverse judges will select the winners based on creativity and printability.

What this means is that 50% of the entries that are selected for the Top 20 will come from community voting on the FirstBuild platform and 50% of the entries will be chosen by 3D printing expert community managers for FirstBuild and Thingiverse. From those Top 20, the first, second and third place winners will be chosen by members of the leadership of both organizations based on creativity and printability.

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