3D Systems Education App Idea Generation Challenge - 3dsystemstouch


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Challenge Summary

Welcome to the 3D Systems Education App Idea Generation Challenge - 3dsystemstouch

Our world relies on technology but until now we’ve had two different worlds. The objects behind the screen are just digital ideas that we could never reach out and touch.

3D Printing changed this forever by allowing us to materialize these ideas into actual objects. But what if we could touch these objects before we print them? What if we could touch our digital world? Enter haptic technologies. Haptics turns digital experiences into tactile sensations; pressure, balance, textures and gravity these can actually be felt and can actually be coded.

The Touch Haptic Stylus by 3D Systems now makes desktop haptic technology mainstream.

See these videos below to see how this device can potentially change the world:
Haptics Interview:

Are you up to the challenge?

Round 1

For Round 1, you are expected to submit your completed idea, including:
1. Abstract Paragraph
2. The “Why”
3. User Stories
4. Future enhancements/extensions for this application
5. Screenshots or Mockups

Round 2

For Round 2, you are expected to submit your completed idea again. At this point, you may have made changes to your idea, based on any feedback from the client (if applicable).

We want YOU to generate new ideas for applications with the Touch Haptic Stylus. Ideas that will make tactile experiences accessible to the masses.

For this ideation challenge, we want you to come up with ideas on how this new Touch device can change the way we teach/instruct! We want you to come up with the killer education/research app!

Here are some examples that the company has thought about for education:

  • Physics Lessons in Zero G.
  • Fluid dynamics analysis at the bottom of the ocean.
  • Ever taught geometry on the moon.
  • What if you could go inside a graphing calculator?
  • What does music feel like?
  • What could be made with Virtual Reality Haptic Erector Set?
  • Haptically Exploring plate tectonics.

Organizing Your Submission:
Your submission should contain a detailed description of your idea. Preferably one document, with four (4) sections:
1. Abstract Paragraph – Describe your killer app in this paragraph!
- e.g. The Zero G desktop application allows researchers to understand the effects of zero/micro gravity on different material strength and durability in extreme conditions. Currently, experiments can be conducted that make this type of study possible, however we are limited by physical constraints in what kinds of materials we can test, and testing in Zero/Micro G is very costly as true tests would have to be conducted on the ISS.  Currently, simulations are limited in that certain types of reactions with other objects need to be precompiled etc.

2. The “Why” – Tell us why this is the killer app for this device, and what need it is addressing and how this can change the world!
- e.g. This app will bridge the gap between simulations and real life practical medical training by making courses more accessible to a wider range of students. This is accomplished by removing the need to travel for training, and instead focusing more on the practical aspects of surgery, etc.

3. User Stories – Write 2 or more user stories/use cases for this application.
- e.g.
3 An Orthopedic surgeon peel off layers of skin and ligaments to inspect the cartilage damage, and measure the extent of the damage by… etc..

4. Future enhancements/extensions for this application
- e.g. This application can be extended to training for emergency reuse operations simply by reprogramming the training module… etc

5. Screenshots or Mockups
- You are encouraged to provide screenshots or mockups of your idea to explain it more, any final winner that provides screenshots or mockups in his idea will win an extra $100.

Although there are no limit to number of submissions you can upload, you should only upload multiple submissions if each one is comprehensive and substantially different from your others. Within these constraints, you are free to describe any number of alternative approaches and extra features. In fact, we encourage you to do so. You can't have too many ideas!

As a reminder you can submit anything you think highlights your idea clearly.

The sky's the limit! Good luck!

Submission & Source Files:
Preview Image
Create your preview image as one (1) 1024x1024 JPG or PNG file in RGB color mode at 72dpi and place a screenshot of your submission within it.
- You can take screenshot of your idea document and submit it.
- You can provide a blank image file and use it as preview image.

Submission Files
All original source files of the submitted ideas; it can be PDF, HTML, DOC, TXT or RTF file.

Source Files
All original source files of the submitted ideas; it can be PDF, HTML, DOC, TXT or RTF file.

Final Fixes
As part of the final fixes phase you may be asked to complete one round of minor changes to ensure your submission meets the stated requirements of this challenge.

Please read the challenge specification carefully and watch the forums for any questions or feedback concerning this challenge. It is important that you monitor any updates provided by the client or Studio Admins in the forums. Please post any questions you might have for the client in the forums.

Stock Photography

Stock photography is not allowed in this challenge. All submitted elements must be designed solely by you. See this page for more details.

How To Submit

  • New to Studio? ‌Learn how to compete here
  • Upload your submission in three parts (Learn more here). Your design should be finalized and should contain only a single design concept (do not include multiple designs in a single submission).
  • If your submission wins, your source files must be correct and “Final Fixes” (if applicable) must be completed before payment can be released.
  • You may submit as many times as you'd like during the submission phase, but only the number of files listed above in the Submission Limit that you rank the highest will be considered. You can change the order of your submissions at any time during the submission phase. If you make revisions to your design, please delete submissions you are replacing.

Winner Selection

Submissions are viewable to the client as they are entered into the challenge. Winners are selected by the client and are chosen solely at the client's discretion.

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Screening Scorecard

Submission format

Your Design Files:

  1. Look for instructions in this challenge regarding what files to provide.
  2. Place your submission files into a "Submission.zip" file.
  3. Place all of your source files into a "Source.zip" file.
  4. Declare your fonts, stock photos, and icons in a "Declaration.txt" file.
  5. Create a JPG preview file.
  6. Place the 4 files you just created into a single zip file. This will be what you upload.

Trouble formatting your submission or want to learn more? ‌Read the FAQ.

Fonts, Stock Photos, and Icons:

All fonts, stock photos, and icons within your design must be declared when you submit. DO NOT include any 3rd party files in your submission or source files. Read about the policy.


All submissions are screened for eligibility before the challenge holder picks winners. Don't let your hard work go to waste. Learn more about how to  pass screening.

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Questions? ‌Ask in the Challenge Discussion Forums.

Source files

  • PDF file
  • HTML
  • DOC
  • TXT
  • RTF

You must include all source files with your submission.

Submission limit

5 submissions

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