Have you used 3D printing to solve a unique problem on the shop floor? Have you created a product for sale or developed an interesting component that can only be made additively?

If so, consider entering your 3D printed part in The Cool Parts Showcase, a contest highlighting additively manufactured parts. Hosted by the video series The Cool Parts Show from Production Machining sister publication Additive Manufacturing, the contest seeks 3D printed parts that are currently in use or for sale, as well as promising proof-of-concept solutions.

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3d printed boring tool from Kennametal
3D printed Polybrush mat used at Swiss Automation

Past parts entered into the contest and highlighted on the show include everything from complex boring tools (above) to the vibratory mat that separates these small parts at a Swiss turning shop (below) to custom vacuum robot grippers (top of this page). Photos: Additive Manufacturing Media 

Finalists will be invited to display their parts this August at Formnext Forum: Austin, a new conference and expo focused on 3D printing for production which runs August 28-30 in Austin, Texas. Creators of the finalist parts will receive all-access passes to this event. Attendees and fans of the show will be able to vote on their favorites, and the winning parts will be announced during the event. Three winners will be featured in their own episodes of The Cool Parts Show. 

Entry parts can be 3D printed using any process, from any material. To qualify, parts must be end-use components (sorry, no prototypes, molds or models), and fall into one of three categories:

The Showcase is open to manufacturers, designers, inventors, students and anyone using 3D printing to solve problems. 

Browse The Cool Parts Showcase Hall of Fame for more inspiration, and enter your cool 3D printed part by May 30.

Landscape Photo Credit: Savage Automation; Additive America


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