A competition has now opened to design an additively manufactured brooch/dress pin – to be worn by celebrities attending this year’s Oscars ceremony and Vogue’s Met Gala – that helps raise awareness of Thinking Huts, a non-profit charity seeking to use Additive Manufacturing to help build schools in developing countries.
The only requirement is that the design incorporates elements of Thinking Huts and its Honeycomb project.
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The winning designer will have the prestige of having their design manufactured by Nikon SLM Solutions AG, after which it will be worn by some of the world’s most recognised people at some of the highest-profile events of the year.
“And most importantly of all, you help to enable education and all of the opportunities that brings to children via 3D printed schools. Nothing is cooler than that!” commented Sam O’Leary, CEO of Nikon SLM Solutions AG, in his LinkedIn announcement.
The Honeycomb project aims to increase global access to education infrastructure by using Additive Manufacturing to build schools with local communities. The work has already begun; the first school opened in Madagascar in 2022, where the Thinking Huts team created a supply chain with the local economy in mind. The aim now is to replicate this with other communities where schools are needed most, in urban and rural locations.
To enter the design competition, please send your brooch design to Sam O’Leary of Nikon SLM Solutions, or Maggie Grout of Thinking Huts, via their LinkedIn profiles. The deadline for submission is February 4, 2024.