ArchDaily 3D Printing Challenge

3D Printing has opened up a whole new world for architecture. Technology that was once restricted to fabrication labs is now available to the end user - and at an affordable price. Of course, this new technology has also created the necessity to easily share 3D data over the web.

With this in mind, we have partnered with Gigabot - the biggest, most affordable 3D printer (it can print models up to 60x60x60cm) - and with Sketchfab, a new platform that is bridging the gap between the 3D models on your desktop and on the web.

We want to encourage users to start using this new technology, and what better way than to start printing the buildings we love? We invite you to model your favorite architectural classic and receive a real-life physical model, right on your doorstep.

The process is simple: model any building that is already on the AD Classics section, upload it to Sketchfab, and submit it using the following form. You’ll have two opportunities to win: ArchDaily readers will vote for one People's Choice Award winner, and, together with Gigabot, we at ArchDaily will pick one winner as well. Both winners will be printed and shipped anywhere in the world. We'll also make all the models available to the ArchDaily community, so anyone can add an extra layer of building information to these classics.

Submissions are open until October 1st; winners will be announced on October 7th. Read below for the full rules.



- The competition is organised by ArchDaily, re:3D (makers of the Gigabot) and Sketchfab.
- Anyone in the world can participate, no matter if you are an architect, student, or just an architecture enthusiast.
- Models must first be uploaded to the Sketchfab platform and be made publicly available. You can sign up here. For any questions about how to export your 3D model and how to use Sketchfab you can check their Exporter Guide and their FAQ. The model will be embedded in a models gallery as well as the individual Classic's page on ArchDaily. Models must be tagged with "3DPC".
- Original models should be available in STL format (supported by Sketchfab) and should follow these guidelines provided by re:3D. Only models that follow these guidelines will be eligible for the challenge.
- Please consider that the most important aspect for the models is the volume and mass, and then the details.
- There will be two winners, one chosen by the re:3D team and one via public voting. re:3D will make their selection based on the quality of the model, how ready it is for 3D printing, the level of detail for the printer, etc, according to their guidelines.
- Public voting will start on October 2nd, and will be closed October 6th. The project with the most votes on the platform will receive the People's Choice award. If the model with the most votes is also the re:3D choice, the People's Choice award will go to the 2nd most voted model.
- Winners will then email their STL models to us for printing.
- Submissions must be made using the form found on our website.
- re:3D will be in charge of printing and shipping the winning models.
- ArchDaily has the freedom to use the 3D models on the website and in promotional material. The creators will retain the copyright of their models.- For questions, use the following email:

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Cite: David Basulto. "ArchDaily 3D Printing Challenge" 17 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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