Announcing the Tinkercad & MakerBot Chess Challenge Winner!

A sampling of the 180+ entries in the Tinkercad & MakerBot Chess Challenge.

Monday, March 19th kicked off our Chess Challenge where we asked you to design a chess set worthy of grandmas and kids alike. The objective was simple with basic rules to help guide contestants to the ultimate prize: a MakerBot Replicator.

While the rules may have been simple, choosing a winner was not. Day 1 of the contest brought with it tons of excitement. We could see Tinkerers starting to suss out their designs and decide on a theme. By Day 3 we were overwhelmed. The level of ingenuity, precision and care for your craft left us speechless. Needless to say, there was a considerable amount of gasping and lots of “Holy…” going on in the office. And this coming from a jury of MakerBot and Tinkercad designers who are top-notch peeps!

And now, the good stuff.

With over 180 submissions, we have selected the winner of the Tinkercad & MakerBot Chess Challenge! CONGRATULATIONS Joseph Larson! Your Action Chess Set and love for designin’, teaching and makin’ has won you a MakerBot Replicator! Bask in all the greatness that is 3D printing! Joseph’s Action Chess Set managed to WOW in so many ways. Instead of explaining them to you, take a look for yourself!

The Action set.

Action pose.



There were so many UNbelievable entries to choose from, so without further ado, let us introduce you to the Tinkercad & MakerBot Chess Challenge Honorable Mentions!

  1. Tiki Chess Set by Whystler
  2. Amsterdam House by MakeALot
  3. Evolution by Arian Croft
  4. Modern by Frederic
  5. Word Play by George Gooden

To see all of the #chess designs, take a look here and on MakerBot’s Pinterest board. We plan to put all the entries into a photo collage of sorts, so check back here for a follow-up post.

If you are the Winner or an Honorable Mention, please email us at!

A big, BIG thanks to all of you for putting your time and effort into making this contest a tough one for us! We also want to send a shout-out to the folks at MakerBot. Without them we couldn’t have this much fun!

The Tinkercad Team


  1. Thanks for the Amazing Creative Time designing and making Chess Dreams. Thanks to Tinkercad and MakerBot!

    Congratulations to all the winners and contestants who inspire each other. I especially liked Joe’s Action Chess and Sir MakeALot’s menagerie of fantastic ideas! I can imagine printing one set of Action Chess in black and white and having the assembled Master robots face-off on the battlefield transforming into their armies for a Game of Kings! WOW!

    Can we make this an annual thing? Do you know there are more than 1001 variations for chess including fantastic International versions from Indian, China, Africa etc. You can see some and learn to play them at

    Thanks again for the Chess Dreams!
    Designer of “Corinthian #Chess” at Tinkercad and Thingiverse.

    • Hi Larcthor!

      Thanks for the comment! There were some serious WOW’s in this chess competition and it made it very difficult to select the winner. Next week, we’re going to present the various entries in a photo collage/album of sorts. Speaking of which, it looks like one of your designs made it into the photo collage above. Great job!

      Hmmm, we’ll have to get the folks at MakerBot to agree with to make it a yearly event =) This was an extremely generous grand prize!

      Thanks for sharing the link. Chess has an amazing history. The Shatar version in particular looks fascinating!

      Keep up the great work, and see your Things soon!

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