Epilog Laser announces Jon Bumstead of Manchester, Missouri as the grand-prize winner in the ninth installment of the Epilog Challenge, hosted on Instructables. Bumstead received a new 30-watt Zing 16 vector cutting table and air compressor for his entry, “Desktop CT and 3-D Scanner with Arduino” (see photos below). The winning entry was one of 1,016.
The contest opened in January of this year and extended through March 19th. A panel of judges from Instructables collaborated to determine which project deserved the top spot.
“When I found out I won the prize, I couldn’t believe it,” Bumstead says. “I was at work and I couldn’t stop myself from jumping up in excitement … I feel both fortunate that such a contest and community exists and honored to win a contest with so many terrific entries. I have dreamed of owning a laser cutter since the moment I found out they existed.”
Bumstead plans to use his prize to make educational kits to help people of all ages get interested in mechanical design and electronics.
“The first kit idea is an LED dodecahedron that is programmable with an Arduino, similar to the large LED geodesic dome that I built about a year ago and shared on Instructables,” he explains. “I was able to cut a prototype before my local makerspace shut down, so you can imagine how excited I am to continue developing this kit. I also recently started an Etsy shop, One Bit Kit, where some smaller kits are available.” The Etsy inventory is limited for now, Bumstead reports, but the laser will serve as an essential tool for developing additional kits.
Also commenting on this announcement is Epilog Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mike Dean. “I continue to be amazed not only by the sheer volume of entries we receive, but also the creativity and ingenuity behind so many of the Epilog Challenge entries,” he says. “We’re so excited for Jon and are certain he’ll create some incredible projects with the laser.”