Keycap Design-Creativity and CAD skill needed

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Description:
Hello

I am looking for someone to design something for me, and possibly cast it in resin or other materials for me.

For the designing part, you need to know how to model something in CAD and have a file that can be 3D printed. What you are designing requires creativity, and is a mix of art and practicality. What I am looking for is someone who can make a keycap for mechanical keyboards. At the end is some examples of competitors work, so you can get a feel for what I'm looking for. I am looking for original designs that are extremely creative.

As for the next steps, I need someone who can make a mold of a 3D printed prototype, and then cast it in resin. For the resin casting, it has to be 1:1 or very close to 1:1 as the final product requires very fine detail and dimensions to properly fit. I am looking for different and fancy colors.
If you just know how to use CAD, that's fine, I'll hire you for just that part. If you just know how to cast pieces, that's also fine, and please message me with details.

If you just know CAD, then I will pay $300 for a creative design in a 3D printable file format.
If you know how to cast resin, then for the initial run, I am looking to purchase 20 each of up to 5 different colors of the same design, for 100 total units. For the units, I will pay $5 per, or $500 for 100 units. If I like the quality, then I will hire you again for many, many more projects.

Here are some examples of what competitors are making, I am looking for something generally similar, but original and creative designs.
www.kultkaps.bigcartel.com/
bingecap.com/product-category/archive/
elitekeyboards.com/products.php

$300 will be awarded to the best 3D design, and $200 will be awarded to the second best 3D design.

If you can cast the design in resin, please let me know and we will do the order separately.
Wants:
For the 3D modeling:
Major requirements: Creativity and fitment

The keycap consists of the stem, the top, the sides, and the design on top. The design can overlap onto the sides, but can not protrude much so as to prevent the keycap from hitting adjacent keys.

A 3D file of the stem can be found here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:344133
An example of a blank keycap with sides: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:468651
(I am not looking for blank designs but rather intricate ones of whatever you decide)

Please be creative when designing the keycap, but don't go overboard. These keycaps go on mechanical keyboards and double as pieces of art and actual keycaps that are in use.

For the resin casting (separate from this contest, but contact me if you can do this):
1:1 casting, consistent colors, good structural integrity (no bubbles or soft resin)
Don't Wants:
Blank, boring designs. Be creative
Ask for Sample:
For the 3D design, I would like a sample to test print and make sure that they fit properly with no snags. For the resin casting, I would like to have a few samples of the keycap before buying all 100 units to make sure that the dimensions are accurate.
Software:
  1. Any CAD software that can produce a file that can be 3D printed.
Additional Information
The creator does not have any rights over it and the design is fully transferred to me.

Entries

#123 Final Four by SirCuts
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2015-03-29 06:48:54
#122 Final Four by SirCuts
Dukes Of Hazard
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2015-03-29 06:12:07
#121 Dukes Of Hazard by SirCuts
3d Hazard Symbols
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2015-03-29 04:13:10
#120 Dukes Of Hazard by SirCuts
Hazard Symbols
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2015-03-28 22:12:14
#119 lol by ER.jay
2015-03-28 18:52:53
#118 keycap dragon design by RBLdesign
2015-03-28 17:52:22
#117 pirate key cap by Iakovos
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2015-03-28 16:09:20
#116 rose key cap by Iakovos
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2015-03-28 15:58:04
#115 mexican key cap by Iakovos
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2015-03-28 15:23:47
#114 lion key cap by Iakovos
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2015-03-28 14:51:58
#113 tribal dragon key by Iakovos
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2015-03-28 13:43:43
#112 don't push me please! by Iakovos
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2015-03-28 02:01:59
#111 Gear Keycap Design by JessicaWright
2015-03-27 21:07:00
#110 angry bird by ER.jay
2015-03-27 14:46:06
#109 Skull key by Wyatt
2015-03-20 05:49:49
#108 Reticle 1 + reticle 2 by Wyatt
2015-03-19 23:10:57
#107 tree 1 & tree 2 by Wyatt
2015-03-19 23:10:26
#106 Squiggles - grippy key by Wyatt
2015-03-19 23:03:55
#105 skull key cap by Iakovos
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2015-03-16 00:07:14
#104 nessie by Iakovos
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2015-03-15 22:06:15
#103 Invader 2 by JM Bennett
2015-03-11 17:47:43
#102 Invader 1 by JM Bennett
Every keyboard needs some space invaders!
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2015-03-11 17:46:40
#101 KeyCap Design#2 by HBC DESIGN
2015-03-11 13:41:09
#100 KeyCap Design#1 by HBC DESIGN
2015-03-11 13:38:16
#99 KEY PICK by REDA
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2015-03-07 22:13:07
#98 Predator Unleash by zulfadzryl
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2015-03-04 08:22:06
#97 Brawler by zulfadzryl
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2015-03-04 06:36:53
#96 Tron Bike by zulfadzryl
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2015-03-04 05:58:55
#95 Keyboard by zulfadzryl
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2015-03-04 05:54:54
#94 Mermaid by zulfadzryl
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2015-03-04 05:26:48
#93 Pegasus by zulfadzryl
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2015-03-04 05:16:31
#92 Ironman Engaged by zulfadzryl
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2015-03-04 04:59:34
#91 Black Pearl by zulfadzryl
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2015-03-04 04:38:55
#90 Osprey by zulfadzryl
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2015-03-04 04:27:11
#89 MBurst by zulfadzryl
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2015-03-04 03:46:35
#88 Infant of a Demon by zulfadzryl
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2015-03-04 03:37:33
#87 Oppressed by zulfadzryl
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2015-03-04 02:56:24
#86 spider key by Iakovos
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2015-03-03 23:08:34
#85 hydra keycap by Iakovos
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2015-03-03 22:15:41
#84 don't push this key by Iakovos
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2015-03-03 20:29:26
#83 dragon sculpture 2 by Iakovos
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2015-03-03 19:09:57
#82 keycap park by DesignerRavi
2015-03-03 16:55:07
#81 keycap 2 by DesignerRavi
2015-03-03 16:54:09
#80 keycap 1 by DesignerRavi
2015-03-03 16:53:03
#79 keycap by dul
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2015-03-03 08:32:19
#78 Keycap Design by KenCad
2015-03-03 03:13:35
#77 Keycap Design by KenCad
2015-03-03 03:13:05
#76 Keycap Design by KenCad
2015-03-03 03:12:07
#75 Keycap Design by KenCad
2015-03-03 03:11:34
#74 Keycap Design by KenCad
2015-03-03 03:10:50

Discussion

REDA

Designer

Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:24:36 +0000
there has designer they give STL? be responsible for it's pending .......

zulfadzryl

Designer

Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:19:26 +0000
Kappa Kapps (buyer),
You are not responding to discussion panel & PM...
Is there any problem?
Is this contest still on ?
Please do value our time spended for your contest.
You can always share with us any concern that you may have.
We have expert in 3D printing over here, what you need is to reach out...
Thanks & Regards

zulfadzryl

Designer

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:42:07 +0000
Thanks for the compliment Irfan :)
I manage to find a good software that can integrate my model (Inventor & Cinema 4D)

Irfan

Designer

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:51:13 +0000

zulfadzryl ! Nice designs in a short time....

Vedran Starcevic

Designer

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:40:18 +0000
From the point of possible manufacturer, 80% of designs cannot be produced - OK maybe if each and single piece would be 3D printed or hand made but that's not cost effective in real world...

REDA

Designer

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:51:45 +0000
DesignerRavi,
I am very happy thank thank you for your encouragements

Regards
REDA

DesignerRavi

Designer

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:57:42 +0000
Mr.Reda,

Very good designs.
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:35:19 +0000
Hi, can you prepaid the contest

zulfadzryl

Designer

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:34:10 +0000
Hi Kappa Kapps,
If you won't mind please share with us some comment...
Correct me if i'm wrong ...
'Practicality wise when keycap are press it needs 1/2 depth of height to be functioned...
feasibility wise the design should cater the surrounding clearance, minimizing side for any protrusion that will obstruct its function.
Even ESC keycap required this clearance.
Appreciate your feedback for better understanding...

Thanks

zulfadzryl

Designer

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:29:32 +0000
Early bird point have ended :(

zulfadzryl

Designer

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:02:36 +0000
Incoooommmmiiinnnggg....Run Away...:)

REDA

Designer

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:42:53 +0000
Thank you irfan :)

Irfan

Designer

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:15:15 +0000
Quick n nice design Reda....

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