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Make 3D Printed Pasta Shapes for Barilla’s Smart Pasta Design Contest

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by Hanna Watkin
Dec 12, 2016

Barilla is sponsoring their 3D printed pasta design contest with help from Desall. To enter, simply model and upload your perfect pasta shape.

If there is one thing the world needs, it’s more pasta shapes, right? How do you test out new shape ideas? With a 3D printer of course.

Back in 2014, Barilla held a contest in which designers from all over the planet could come up with new and interesting 3D printable pasta shapes.

Now, they’re planning on doing the same again.

However, this time around, Barilla is working with crowdsourcing platform Desall to bring you The Smart Pasta competition. From now until March 1, 2017, you can enter your pasta design for the chance to win $1,000.

If you’d like to participate, create a 3D printable design of a shape you’d like to see on your plate. Next, simply upload this design file along with a PDF brief to the contest website. Winners will be announced at the beginning of May.

The company’s 3D printer for pasta was first announced at World Expo 2015 in Milan and presented to the public at CIBUS 2016.

Check out the video below for an idea of what to expect.

Barilla Smart Pasta Guidelines

Before you jump into designing your 3D pasta shape, read over the guidelines. Your pasta design will be judged on consistency, creativity and feasibility.

Have more than one idea? No problem. Feel free to enter as many entries as you can come up with. However, only the projects published via the upload page on the Desall website will be accepted.

You can participate in the contest for free. And, even if you don’t win, Barilla is also offering a €1000 payment for any designs they would like to take for commercial use – whether they’re winning entries or not.

Desall offers some useful design tips on their competition page:

“Try, for example, to think how the pasta shape you suggest might interact with the other ingredients of the recipe. Otherwise, try to consider the various effects you might obtain, changing the pasta geometry in some points, causing a metamorphosis, a change of state, a transformation of the pasta shape in the cooking or preparation processes.”

For more information, create an account and read the Contest Agreement. You can also read over what Barilla is looking for here.

Struggling to find ideas? Check out other people’s work on the Desall Inspiration tab.


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