YouFab
Global Creative Awards 2015

ENTRY
JUL. 1, 2015 - SEP. 30, 2015

ENTRY INFO

Throne (Gold_2014) / Throne(Silver_2014) 2014 mixed media
photo : Nobutada OMOTE|SANDWICH © Kohei NAWA|SANDWICH

YF YouFab global Creative Awards 2015

YouFab is a global design competition
that recognizes excellence in the
field of digital fabrication.

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Calling for submissions of fab machines, and products made using digital fabrication tools
such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC milling machines!

SUBMISSIONS

You may submit all types of creative works made using digital fabrication tools such as the 3D printer, laser
cutters or CNC milling machines, or you can create your own digital fabrication tool itself and submit that. The
entry must be in it's completed form, not in the conceptual phase, to be accepted for submission.
Submissions can be something that has already been launched, or something yet-to-be unveiled.

CATEGORIES

  • PRODUCTS

    PRODUCTS

    Products made using digital fabrication tools

  • ART

    ART

    Artwork, illustrations, artistic activities, performances, and live acts using digital fabrication tools

  • MACHINES

    MACHINES

    Inventions and development of unique digital fabrication tools

  • HACK

    HACK

    This category is for entries of existing product that have been customized

  • BEYOND

    BEYOND

    This category is for entries that do not fit into the other categories or that are a combination of a number of categories

SEE CATEGORIES

JUDGES

AWARDS

  • Grand Prize 1 Winner

    TROPHY, 1000 USD

  • first Prize 1 Winner

    TROPHY, 500 USD

  • Finalists Several Winners

    AWARD CERTIFICATE

ABOUT ENTRY

MESSAGES

We've received messages of support for the applicants from experts in
many different fields who are paying close attention to these awards!

  • Keisuke Toyoda

    Keisuke
    Toyoda

    Partner of noiz/ Assist Professor at NCTU Taiwan/ Adjunct Professor at Art Media Center, Tokyo University of the Arts
    MESSAGE

    Keisuke Toyoda

    Partner of noiz/ Assist Professor at NCTU Taiwan/ Adjunct Professor at Art Media Center, Tokyo University of the Arts

    First, we were able to freely create on our screens, then gradually digital fabrication allowed us to bring these designs to life, then we were able to get feedback through various sensors, and there will likely come a time when we can easily transform our thoughts to output. I have great expectations for this technology and its undeniable potential to bring ideas to life.

    close message

  • Pieter Franken

    Pieter
    Franken

    Safecast co-founder and Japan director. MIT ML affiliate researcher. Monex Inc CTO.
    MESSAGE

    Pieter Franken

    Safecast co-founder and Japan director. MIT ML affiliate researcher. Monex Inc CTO.

    YouFab is a great opportunity to try something new, deploy it and learn from it! At Safecast we always experiment with new ideas and by trying them out in the field we learn to make our designs better. So don't hesitate to make a mistake or two - "you need to break and egg to make an omelet". So with all the amazing tools like 3D printing, Open Everything, CNC, Laser cutters, etc. I expect you to make something you will LEARN a lot from and, most importantly, have FUN doing. Ganbatte ne!

    close message

  • Kazuo KADOTA

    Kazuo
    KADOTA

    Miyagi University of Education, FabLab Kannai Director
    MESSAGE

    Kazuo KADOTA

    Miyagi University of Education, FabLab Kannai Director

    Since 2011, there has been a sharp rise in the number of places where you can use digital fabrication tools, as well as an increase in the number of people in Japan who use these tools including 3D printers and laser cutters. I am confident that this movement will not fade out, but I think we need someone to create something outstanding so as it give the category the push that it needs. It can be something simple. But it needs to be something that opens our eyes to the potential of digital fabrication and something that is inspiring to the young, up-and-coming creators wishing to make a name for themselves in this field.

    close message

  • LJ Rich

    LJ
    Rich

    BBC TV Presenter / Classical Musician / Audience Experience Specialist
    MESSAGE

    LJ Rich

    BBC TV Presenter / Classical Musician / Audience Experience Specialist

    We truly enjoy looking at imagination made real - whether it’s art, music, or great design. But every creative person knows it takes courage to show your work to an audience, which is difficult. I used to compose music and invent devices but keep it quiet. I'd never release my work because I wasn’t fully happy with it. It took time to discover that publishing my creations and experiencing feedback is a vital part of artistic development which also improves my future work. I think my recognition in the field of music technology is partly due to my efforts to show my ideas in a public arena. Please have the courage to show your work, I would love to see it!

    close message

  • Shigeru Kobayashi

    Shigeru
    Kobayashi

    Professor, Research Center for Industrial Culture, Institute of Advanced Media arts and Sciences [IAMAS]
    MESSAGE

    Shigeru Kobayashi

    Professor, Research Center for Industrial Culture, Institute of Advanced Media arts and Sciences [IAMAS]

    In 2015, we are hearing a lot more about Fab and places to Fab. Considering the fact that we are working on creating a small business platform where handicrafts meet digital fabrication, then it will come as no surprise that we are intently interested in these Awards. We cannot wait to see the selection of products in high-quality finished form that will give us a glimpse at just how much digital fabrication can take creation to new heights in the future.

    close message

  • Marc Exposito

    Marc
    Exposito

    Research Engineer
    MESSAGE

    Marc Exposito

    Research Engineer

    This is the best moment. We are surrounded with challenges that need solutions where the key of the success is an idea that combines technology, art and science. Digital fabrication allows us to create solutions in that intersection, in an easy and fun way. Don't have fear to fail. We have no limits now.

    close message

  • Nikki Kaufman

    Nikki
    Kaufman

    Founder & CEO, Normal
    MESSAGE

    Nikki Kaufman

    Founder & CEO, Normal

    Never be afraid to build a product to solve your own needs. Truth is, you're probably not alone in this problem and if you solve if for YOU , you'll be solving for many! KEEP CREATING.

    close message

  • Masaaki Sugimoto

    Masaaki
    Sugimoto

    AgIC/Co-Founder | YouFab 2014 First Prize Winner
    MESSAGE

    Masaaki Sugimoto

    AgIC/Co-Founder | YouFab 2014 First Prize Winner

    People who have never sculpted or molded anything in their lives have recently started to create via the use of 3D printers. Circuits that have been designed for the first time can be produced by simply typing Ctrl+P. Just as the democratization of the Internet has revolutionized daily life, digital printing looks set to liberate peoples' "desire to create" and transform the world. Through my involvement in digital fabrication, I have a renewed respect for traditional craftsmen, furniture makers, circuit designers and other professions who involve themselves in “Maker’s spirit" regardless of current fads. The "desire to create" is something that everyone has but may have been forgotten in this age of mass production and consumption. Let's use this new technology to set it free!

    close message

  • AKI INOMATA

    AKI
    INOMATA

    Artist | YouFab 2014 Grand Prize Winner
    MESSAGE

    AKI INOMATA

    Artist | YouFab 2014 Grand Prize Winner

    Taking home the Grand Prize for YouFab has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of new people. Thanks to YouFab, I have also been offered more chances to exhibit my works and received requests to present at talk shows, and I can see how it has changed the face of what I do. I think this is a really interesting time for creators. Every day I am excited and inspired by all the new opportunities that surround me. I have so many ideas that I would like to bring to life, and I cannot contain how happy I am to see innovative new technology being developed that will allow me to bring my ideas and plans to fruition. And of course, there have been times when these new technologies have inspired creations as well. I am looking forward to seeing all the entries in YouFab this year. And just in case you were wondering, I will be sending in an entry again this year!

    close message

  • Quake Hsu

    Quake
    Hsu

    Judge | Co-founder at zeczec
    MESSAGE

    Quake Hsu

    Judge | Co-founder at zeczec

    Since I founded zeczec.com in 2012, I have met more than 500 creative people who built their own ideas from scratches. The digital fabrication tools really empower those creators chasing their dreams and surprising the world with their genius. Laser cutting, CNC, and 3D printing not only accelerate prototyping, but also change the concept of manufacturing. We no longer need to give up our ideas because we do not have access to the factories. I believe ‘realizing your idea’ is a radical desire for every human being. We should all keep this desire and be brave to make it.

    close message

  • Seiichi Saito

    Seiichi
    Saito

    Judge | Creative Director / Technical Director Rizomatiks
    MESSAGE

    Seiichi Saito

    Judge | Creative Director / Technical Director Rizomatiks

    Digital fabrication has been changing business, our life, future and the world. These are the first tools as human being we never experienced before and what we do right now is the most important phase to choose the path toward our future. I am looking forward to seeing works which you are having fun with and blow our mind.

    close message

  • Yukiko Shikata

    Yukiko
    Shikata

    Judge | Creative Curator
    MESSAGE

    Yukiko Shikata

    Judge | Creative Curator

    Digital fabrication is a field that can potentially transform the way in which we create. It is also a game-changer for innovation, which until now has been mostly driven by industries, government and academia. It is a place where creative catalysts, who wear many hats such as artist, designer, programmer, and artisan, can unleash their playful spirits to hack and create things that we have never even dreamed or imagined possible. The concept and phenomenon of “TAZ (Temporary Autonomous Zone)”, coined by Hakim Bey in the 80s, is diffused in our lives and brews a diverse culture that brings with it a new economy and society. I believe this Award is at the forefront of this movement, and I am very much looking forward to seeing this year’s outstanding ideas!

    close message

  • Hiroya Tanaka

    Hiroya
    Tanaka

    Judge | Director, Social Fabrication Lab Keio/ Founder, Fab Lab Japan
    MESSAGE

    Hiroya Tanaka

    Judge | Director, Social Fabrication Lab Keio/ Founder, Fab Lab Japan

    It probably goes without saying, but one of the main reasons that I accepted this offer to be a judge was that I want to be blown away with entries that go beyond anything I have ever seen before and that don’t look like your typical works created using 3D printers or laser cutter. The advance of globalization means that no matter where we are in the world today we hear the same kind of music, see the same kind of films, and create the same kind of things with the same kind of 3D printers. I think our various forms of creativity and artistic instincts are urgently being put into question in an attempt to break through this kind of homogenization. Most technologies are a double-edged sword, and digital fabrication is your typical example of this. I hope that this year’s YouFab will provide us with a chance to further discover the merits that digital fabrication has to offer.

    close message

  • Luke Yeung

    Luke
    Yeung

    Judge | Architect, Principal at Architectkidd
    MESSAGE

    Luke Yeung

    Judge | Architect, Principal at Architectkidd

    The world is rapidly changing. So are design, technologies and environments. Coming from an architectural background, it would be interesting to see new ideas and projects using digital fabrication that can go beyond a single, material purpose. To shift from thinking about design as a stand-alone entity to looking at multiple perspectives can open up new ways of thinking. Digital fabrication can be used to visualize, organize and connect, not only as a means to produce. I hope designers will be able to embrace this added complexity not as a barrier but as a creative platform for innovation.

    close message

  • Luki Huber

    Luki
    Huber

    Judge | Product Designer
    MESSAGE

    Luki Huber

    Judge | Product Designer

    The great thing about using a variety of tools during the design process is that each tool directly influences the development process. Today, we have access to many different technologies and methodologies that could be add on to tradition ones. Everyone sees the same project in different ways, the same happens when we make the same drawing with different drawing tools. Prototyping in multiple and diversified ways helps to innovate the creativity process.

    close message

  • Keisuke Toyoda

    Keisuke Toyoda

    Keisuke Toyoda

    Partner of noiz/ Assist Professor at NCTU Taiwan/ Adjunct Professor at Art Media Center, Tokyo University of the Arts

    First, we were able to freely create on our screens, then gradually digital fabrication allowed us to bring these designs to life, then we were able to get feedback through various sensors, and there will likely come a time when we can easily transform our thoughts to output. I have great expectations for this technology and its undeniable potential to bring ideas to life.

    close message

  • Pieter Franken

    Pieter Franken

    Pieter Franken

    Safecast co-founder and Japan director. MIT ML affiliate researcher. Monex Inc CTO.

    YouFab is a great opportunity to try something new, deploy it and learn from it! At Safecast we always experiment with new ideas and by trying them out in the field we learn to make our designs better. So don't hesitate to make a mistake or two - "you need to break and egg to make an omelet". So with all the amazing tools like 3D printing, Open Everything, CNC, Laser cutters, etc. I expect you to make something you will LEARN a lot from and, most importantly, have FUN doing. Ganbatte ne!

    close message

  • Kazuo KADOTA

    Kazuo KADOTA

    Kazuo KADOTA

    Miyagi University of Education, FabLab Kannai Director

    Since 2011, there has been a sharp rise in the number of places where you can use digital fabrication tools, as well as an increase in the number of people in Japan who use these tools including 3D printers and laser cutters. I am confident that this movement will not fade out, but I think we need someone to create something outstanding so as it give the category the push that it needs. It can be something simple. But it needs to be something that opens our eyes to the potential of digital fabrication and something that is inspiring to the young, up-and-coming creators wishing to make a name for themselves in this field.

    close message

  • LJ Rich

    LJ Rich

    LJ Rich

    BBC TV Presenter / Classical Musician / Audience Experience Specialist

    We truly enjoy looking at imagination made real - whether it’s art, music, or great design. But every creative person knows it takes courage to show your work to an audience, which is difficult. I used to compose music and invent devices but keep it quiet. I'd never release my work because I wasn’t fully happy with it. It took time to discover that publishing my creations and experiencing feedback is a vital part of artistic development which also improves my future work. I think my recognition in the field of music technology is partly due to my efforts to show my ideas in a public arena. Please have the courage to show your work, I would love to see it!

    close message

  • Shigeru Kobayashi

    Shigeru Kobayashi

    Shigeru Kobayashi

    Professor, Research Center for Industrial Culture, Institute of Advanced Media arts and Sciences [IAMAS]

    In 2015, we are hearing a lot more about Fab and places to Fab. Considering the fact that we are working on creating a small business platform where handicrafts meet digital fabrication, then it will come as no surprise that we are intently interested in these Awards. We cannot wait to see the selection of products in high-quality finished form that will give us a glimpse at just how much digital fabrication can take creation to new heights in the future.

    close message

  • Marc Exposito

    Marc Exposito

    Marc Exposito

    Research Engineer

    This is the best moment. We are surrounded with challenges that need solutions where the key of the success is an idea that combines technology, art and science. Digital fabrication allows us to create solutions in that intersection, in an easy and fun way. Don't have fear to fail. We have no limits now.

    close message

  • Nikki Kaufman

    Nikki Kaufman

    Nikki Kaufman

    Founder & CEO, Normal

    Never be afraid to build a product to solve your own needs. Truth is, you're probably not alone in this problem and if you solve if for YOU , you'll be solving for many! KEEP CREATING.

    close message

  • Masaaki Sugimoto

    Masaaki Sugimoto

    Masaaki Sugimoto

    AgIC/Co-Founder | YouFab 2014 First Prize Winner

    People who have never sculpted or molded anything in their lives have recently started to create via the use of 3D printers. Circuits that have been designed for the first time can be produced by simply typing Ctrl+P. Just as the democratization of the Internet has revolutionized daily life, digital printing looks set to liberate peoples' "desire to create" and transform the world. Through my involvement in digital fabrication, I have a renewed respect for traditional craftsmen, furniture makers, circuit designers and other professions who involve themselves in “Maker’s spirit" regardless of current fads. The "desire to create" is something that everyone has but may have been forgotten in this age of mass production and consumption. Let's use this new technology to set it free!

    close message

  • AKI INOMATA

    AKI INOMATA

    AKI INOMATA

    Artist | YouFab 2014 Grand Prize Winner

    Taking home the Grand Prize for YouFab has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of new people. Thanks to YouFab, I have also been offered more chances to exhibit my works and received requests to present at talk shows, and I can see how it has changed the face of what I do. I think this is a really interesting time for creators. Every day I am excited and inspired by all the new opportunities that surround me. I have so many ideas that I would like to bring to life, and I cannot contain how happy I am to see innovative new technology being developed that will allow me to bring my ideas and plans to fruition. And of course, there have been times when these new technologies have inspired creations as well. I am looking forward to seeing all the entries in YouFab this year. And just in case you were wondering, I will be sending in an entry again this year!

    close message

  • Quake Hsu

    Quake Hsu

    Quake Hsu

    Judge | Co-founder at zeczec

    Since I founded zeczec.com in 2012, I have met more than 500 creative people who built their own ideas from scratches. The digital fabrication tools really empower those creators chasing their dreams and surprising the world with their genius. Laser cutting, CNC, and 3D printing not only accelerate prototyping, but also change the concept of manufacturing. We no longer need to give up our ideas because we do not have access to the factories. I believe ‘realizing your idea’ is a radical desire for every human being. We should all keep this desire and be brave to make it.

    close message

  • Seiichi Saito

    Seiichi Saito

    Seiichi Saito

    Judge | Creative Director / Technical Director Rizomatiks

    Digital fabrication has been changing business, our life, future and the world. These are the first tools as human being we never experienced before and what we do right now is the most important phase to choose the path toward our future. I am looking forward to seeing works which you are having fun with and blow our mind.

    close message

  • Yukiko Shikata

    Yukiko Shikata

    Yukiko Shikata

    Judge | Creative Curator

    Digital fabrication is a field that can potentially transform the way in which we create. It is also a game-changer for innovation, which until now has been mostly driven by industries, government and academia. It is a place where creative catalysts, who wear many hats such as artist, designer, programmer, and artisan, can unleash their playful spirits to hack and create things that we have never even dreamed or imagined possible. The concept and phenomenon of “TAZ (Temporary Autonomous Zone)”, coined by Hakim Bey in the 80s, is diffused in our lives and brews a diverse culture that brings with it a new economy and society. I believe this Award is at the forefront of this movement, and I am very much looking forward to seeing this year’s outstanding ideas!

    close message

  • Hiroya Tanaka

    Hiroya Tanaka

    Hiroya Tanaka

    Judge | Director, Social Fabrication Lab Keio/ Founder, Fab Lab Japan

    It probably goes without saying, but one of the main reasons that I accepted this offer to be a judge was that I want to be blown away with entries that go beyond anything I have ever seen before and that don’t look like your typical works created using 3D printers or laser cutter. The advance of globalization means that no matter where we are in the world today we hear the same kind of music, see the same kind of films, and create the same kind of things with the same kind of 3D printers. I think our various forms of creativity and artistic instincts are urgently being put into question in an attempt to break through this kind of homogenization. Most technologies are a double-edged sword, and digital fabrication is your typical example of this. I hope that this year’s YouFab will provide us with a chance to further discover the merits that digital fabrication has to offer.

    close message

  • Luke Yeung

    Luke Yeung

    Luke Yeung

    Judge | Architect, Principal at Architectkidd

    The world is rapidly changing. So are design, technologies and environments. Coming from an architectural background, it would be interesting to see new ideas and projects using digital fabrication that can go beyond a single, material purpose. To shift from thinking about design as a stand-alone entity to looking at multiple perspectives can open up new ways of thinking. Digital fabrication can be used to visualize, organize and connect, not only as a means to produce. I hope designers will be able to embrace this added complexity not as a barrier but as a creative platform for innovation.

    close message

  • Luki Huber

    Luki Huber

    Luki Huber

    Judge | Product Designer

    The great thing about using a variety of tools during the design process is that each tool directly influences the development process. Today, we have access to many different technologies and methodologies that could be add on to tradition ones. Everyone sees the same project in different ways, the same happens when we make the same drawing with different drawing tools. Prototyping in multiple and diversified ways helps to innovate the creativity process.

    close message

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SUPPORTERS

SPONSORING PARTNERS

Gold

  • Delta Electronics (Japan) Inc.
  • Lopwork Inc.

SILVER

  • Trotec Laser Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Brother Industries, Ltd.

BRONZE

  • Autodesk Ltd.
  • Roland DG Corpora.on
  • Fujitsu Limited anime-elm delay10
  • Toppan Prin.ng Co., Ltd.

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