Professor Garfield Gets A Little Messy: New 3D Design Competition


Makers Empire, a new Australian 3D printing start-up, has just released a 3D printing competition for elementary and middle school students. Makers Empire has recently been expanding it's influence on the maker-side of the education sector, and their new "Professor Garfield", as in Garfield, your favorite childhood cartoon, . The Competition

Wait, so where does my favorite fumbling feline come into the picture? Similar to a Polar Challenge, this competition asks students to help the perpetually hungry housecat eat to his fill without making a mess of things. Although you would think with his new title, Professor Garfield would have come up with a cleaner way to eat spaghetti , he still relies on his paws to get the job done. Students are asked to design their own "spaghetti and meatball eating tool" to help the cat out.

"Garfield LOVES spaghetti-and-meatballs! But the cat always makes a mess when he eats it. 
What Garfield needs is a utensil -- something with a clever design -- to help him enjoy his pasta in a cleaner and neater way. Garfield's that someone, somewhere could design something to solve his problem. He's also aware that some kids need assistance because they might not have full dexterity in their hands. Not to worry! The famous feline wants to help them as well!

Students are invited to design their own spaghetti-and-meatball eating tool in 3D (for 3D printing). They'll also be asked to describe the tool's special features and explain why they think it's a creative design."

The competition started earlier this week and set to end on December 9th. As if you weren't sold on the the competition already, prizes include signed artwork from Garfield creator Jim Davis, a year-long membership to the Makers Empire 3D printing learning program, and a Polar 3D printer.

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Reported by Robby Wellington, Polar 3D’s Cub Reporter and hungry intern from the University of Cincinnati.