Animation Tutor Oana Croitoru Wins International 3D Print Comp

Aucklander Oana Croitoru, aka “Oana Jones”, has won first prize in the MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge for her hand-cranked record player featuring a 3D printed 15 cm-cube turntable.

Croitoru is a tutor at Auckland’s Animation College, a school that teaches both traditional and 3D animation.

Michigan-based record label and design house Ghostly International issued a call for entries on website Thingiverse last spring that they hoped would inspire 3D enthusiasts to come up with some creative and innovative 3D printable designs for objects that would appeal to the company’s demographic – people who appreciate music, on any number of levels.

Ghostly International’s logo, a distinctive gumdrop-looking ghost, is a major component of all of the winning designs, which in one way or another most successfully responded to the contest’s major aim: to create “novel objects” to “decorate, augment, or personalise [entrants’] records and stereo systems” using 3D design and printing.

The only components of Croitoru’s turntable that aren’t 3D printed are the needle for the amplifier, a bit of sticky tape, and some glue.

Croitoru was awarded Ghostly’s 2014 full-length vinyl catalogue as well as a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer.

Original article by Debra Thimmesch,, January 12, 2015.

Tags: 3D printed turntable  Auckland  Auckland’s Animation College  Ghostly International  MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge  Oana Croitoru  Oana Jones  

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