Have you heard of Google Sketch-Up? How about Ponoko?

No? You need to check this out. You might even make some money! From the Google Sketch-Up Blog.

If you haven’t discovered Ponoko yet, you’re in for a treat. Ponoko is about turning the stuff you dream up into physical objects that you can hold in your hands. Nothing beats seeing your designs come to life.

To coincide with the launch of their new Personal Factory 4 services, I’m happy to announce a nifty competition we’re helping the folks at Ponoko to promote. Basically, the challenge is to produce a piece of instructional content that’s equal parts enlightening and entertaining. Each entry must be titled “How to use Google SketchUp for Ponoko 3D printing,” but aside from that, the format is pretty open. Text, images and video (or some combination of the three) are all fair game.

The prizes are noteworthy: All three winners will each receive SketchUp Pro 8, a 12-month Prime subscription to Personal Factory 4 and a voucher for having something made. The prizes for first place alone are worth $1500.

The competition deadline is four weeks from now; all entries are due December 17, 2010. Visit the official announcement page for all the juicy details, and have fun making the world a more interesting place to be.

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