It’s not Mario Kart, but it’s as close as we’ll get until 2014’s entry. At the recent Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) International Conference in Chicago this past August, the organization held a 3D printed “pinewood” derby race in conjunction with Inventables.
Entries were judged on best crash, best looks and best flight, and winners received $100 gift certificates to Inventables, with the Grand Prize in each category receiving an Up Mini 3D printer. The only caveat was for the designs to be 3D-printed to be eligible to race.
The Donkey Kong design use the straps of the barrel to ride the rails of the track, and upon hitting the ground was designed to shatter and smashing the cage around Pauline. Fancy building one yourself? The digital CAD files are available for free through the site.
The full list of entrants is available in gallery & file format on Inventables here. Though the final Donkey Kong design didn’t go very far, it did win for best crash and best looks, which you can watch below.
Hat tip to our friends at CarDesignNews for sharing.