The ultimate goal of every designer is to have their unique work recognized. 3D printing competitions offer a great chance not only to showcase your design but also to improve skills. Winners get various awards including 3D Printers. In addition to prizes, the selected design is labeled as a winner on STL sharing websites. For the designer, this means special recognition in 3D printing society.
3D printing competitions are mostly sponsored by manufacturers who want to promote their products. While file sharing communities are brilliant platforms for that. As result we see them cooperate well with each other. Please see “Basic tips for best results in 3D printing competitions” below the table.
3D Printing CompetitionsColor codes: Open, Closed.
|The Bathroom |
|Invent or improve objects related to the bathroom to make this more practical. It can be accessories, decorative elements or even storage.|
More details: https://goo.gl/W55Cgs
|Create to Educate |
|Help inspire students to learn and solve problems through 3D technology by creating a lesson plan with a 3D printing or 3D design component. |
More details: https://goo.gl/V4jS1z
|#FLEX3D||The theme for this design challenge is "flexibility", and while quite broad, will encourage you to design with flexible filament in mind and explore the boundaries of your 3D design expertise.|
More details: https://goo.gl/6fyiFT
|This time we have three themes for you to enter into. You can enter as many times as you like and into any of the themes. The key criteria that the judges will be looking at is that your design is well thought out for SLS machines - these have different capabilities to FDM and SLA. |
More details: https://goo.gl/iFFnKb
|SLS 3D Printer||2017.10.31|
|The Additive Manufacturing Cup is an international contest where teams of students will have to replicate, as accurately as possible, a 3D figure with our polyetheretherketone (PEEK) filaments, one of the most difficult polymers to print. |
More details: https://goo.gl/mj2TEY
|#TRICKORTREAT3D||In this competition, we want to get you tinkering with one simple question - Trick or Treat? You can enter into both competitions, as many times as you want. |
More details: https://goo.gl/2UaBoq
|Submit your prints for a chance to win 3 x 50g samples of Proto-pasta’s HTPLA, including one unreleased filament. We will be giving away this sample pack to 5 winners every week for the next two months.|
More details: https://goo.gl/2gUgmF
|Are you convinced that 3D printing will revolutionize our everyday lives? Prove it by modeling a furniture perfectly 3D printable.|
More details: https://goo.gl/nDkNrv
3D Printer Kit
|For this competition you will need to use Vectary - it's completely free and can be accessed directly from within your browser - to create awesome 3D printable objects and share them to MyMiniFactory using the Vectary plugin. The competition has four themes.|
More details: https://goo.gl/3SkfaK
|We want to introduce 3 different categories: FINGER, NECK and WRIST. Each designer can upload a maximum of 3 different designs for each category.|
More details: https://goo.gl/3LXnsS
|Avatar Design||Let your imagination run free with our Design your Future Avatar Contest. Design an original character that represents your personality and spirit. Feel free to design an avatar in your own image, or take this as an opportunity to design a character that you aspire to be.|
More details: https://goo.gl/t4mcrH
|Submit pictures of your best 3D prints to win 1 of 15 rolls of rigid.ink PLA or Formlabs standard resin. The top print will take home a special roll of Carbonyte filament.|
More details: https://goo.gl/n4nLSn
|Unlike other contests, you don't create an Instructable to enter. Instead, simply download the start files provided, open your favorite 3D modeling program, and design a custom enclosure for the speaker. Once you have your design, you can enter the STL files and images.|
More details: https://goo.gl/xWATpJ
|3D DESIGN COMPETITION||In this competition, we want you to use your creativity and tinkering skills to play around and create something amazing using Tinkercad with 3D printing in mind. There are four separate themes for this competition - you can enter into as many or as few as you like, as many times as you want.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2rVItQ2e
|Chip-E Remix |
|Chip-E is patiently waiting for new talents and skills! This challenge gives you the opportunity to customize Chip-E to jump, roll, dance, turn, move and do anything you can image. Together with RobotGeek, we are hoping to see the most eclectic and original all new Chip-E design!|
More details: http://bit.ly/2sq0Oke
|Mechanical Design Challenge||With new functional materials coming out all the time, 3D printing is quickly becoming capable of producing end use, mechanical parts. Show us your best mechanical designs for a chance to win a Form 2 3D printer. It could be something with integrated electronics or it could be mechanical parts or gears.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2pTlkbp
|Love 3D printing? Show off pictures of your best prints for a chance to win 1 of 30 rolls of T-Glase PETT Filament or Formlabs Resin.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2raywws
|3D Solutech |
|Show off pictures of your best prints for a chance to win 1 of 40 rolls of 3D Solutech PLA or ABS. SLA users can enter to win Formlabs resin. Just snap a pic of your print and upload it to enter to win! Winners will be chosen at random and you can enter more than one print into the contest.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2pnzanZ
(18 and Over)
|We’re challenging you to create a tactile tool to help a visually impaired person in everyday life or in the classroom. This could be something to help them complete simple everyday tasks or it could be an educational model that helps them understand a concept or lesson.|
More details for (18 and Over): http://bit.ly/2ocNNvz
More details for (Under 18): http://bit.ly/2o07btE
|3D PRINTABLE HOMEWARE |
|In this, first ever 3D printable homeware design competition, we want you to design a beautiful piece for the home, thinking about how best to showcase capabilities of this awesome machine's characteristics such as texture, color and build volume.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2o0rwiE
|We want you to create a trophy for the awards, which will be printed professionally by The Virtual Foundry in their bronze filamet and polished up to a high standard. What better way to get your work in the hands of some of the biggest names in 3D Printing?|
More details: http://bit.ly/2nJi5Ub
|We are tasking you with designing innovative 3d printable accessories in the form of mounts, cases, stands, anything that takes your imagination.|
More details for: http://bit.ly/2oGrNtD
|To inaugurate the new Makes feature on Cults, we invite you to participate into our photo contest and try to win a Sigma BCN3D 3D printer, filaments spools and a Cults' gift card.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2mGZlTA
|We want you to download the 1:1 scale Nintendo Switch template and use your creativity and ingenuity to design a single or a range of 3D printable Nintendo Switch addon's / accessories which will aid comfort, customizability or functionality.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2mZCc0v
|Show off pictures of your best prints for a chance to win 1 of 50 rolls of Crystal Series PLA from MakerGeeks.com or a cartridge of Formlabs resin. Simply take a picture of your print and upload it to Pinshape to be entered to win.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2lv6jug
|Bring the characters of your imagination to life with our Character Design Contest! Create a 3D model of an original character, human or non-human, and give your character a name and story.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2kKL2Ng
|In this competition we want you to choose a weapon from Monster Hunter Generations - here's a selection - and re-imagine it for 3D printing. Choose any weapon you want and design it in your own style and then submit the finished STL file(s) and/or photos of your finished 3D print to MyMiniFactory.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2jlX5Ek
|Show off pictures of your best prints for a chance to win 1 of 30 rolls of PLA. 30 randomly chosen winners will take home a PLA roll of their choice from Filamentone.com and the top three prints have a chance to win a 3D printed pen and specialty Nylon or Flexible filament.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2kiDR2i
|We want you to use your 3D design skills to create a new character, or group of characters, that could be used as the stars of a new WildBrain production.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2hosKme
|#Design it Wright||Ever wanted to 3D design something for a celebrity? Well now is your chance to not only work with totally cool Floreon 3D filament, but to design a pair of specs for the awesome Ian Wright, and win a year’s worth of filament to boot. You will also get to be one of Floreon’s 3D Ambassadors and test all their new products first before anyone else.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2gFRTpp
|Space Design Contest||Your challenge is to design an object that makes life more comfortable for someone in space for long periods of time. This could include anything related to entertainment in space to medical and first aid needs or tools for personal hygiene.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2goays8
|Remix Challenge||We’re challenging you to pick one or more Things from the Remix Challenge collection and help them evolve into something new and/or improved. Use your imagination and technical expertise in equal parts.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2gfCaBa
|Print to Win||If you love trying out new types of filament, upload your prints to get sample packages of Algix3D’s newly released OMNI and Alga filament. OMNI filament has the strength properties of ABS with the resolution quality of PLA. It is made from mostly renewable material and is fully compostable. Like it sounds, Alga filament is made from a combination of algae and PLA material.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2h7a2x5
|Katjes Magic |
|Ever wanted to 3D print your own candy? Well now’s your chance to not only work with the awesome Katjes Magic Candy Factory, but to have a chance of winning one of their exclusive Magic Candy Machines (worth in excess of £30,000), currently not available to buy anywhere in the world.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2gZVC4n
|Cosplay Design||With Halloween just around the corner, we’re excited to launch a Cosplay design challenge! Create a prop or model from one of your favorite movies, video games, or books and you could win a brand new Ultimaker 3.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2fMonTb
|Design by Capture||We want you to take an object that you use for your favorite hobby, and using 3D capture and Autodesk ReMake and Fusion, customise it to best suit your needs. It could be a camera you are looking to create a custom mount or case for, or a bike pedal that you want to customise. The sky is the limit! Whatever it is, capture it, process it using ReMake, modify it using Fusion, optimise for 3D print.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2gFSffJ
HTC Vive VR
|Print to Win||You could win a 1kg spool of PLA+ in the color of your choice, just by submitting a picture of your print on Pinshape. Submit your favourite prints because the top print will also win a subscription to Simplify3D!|
More details: http://bit.ly/2gogMIp
|#enabledby3d||We want you to come up with an original 3D printable design that solves an everyday problem. Be it an item that makes an everyday chore easier, or an enabling device, allowing those with disabilities greater accessibility. Anything goes, so long as your design has a practical everyday use that will help make someone's life easier, you can enter it.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2c8ndvu
|Pokemon Go||The more interesting and creative the better, you could sculpt your favourite Pokemon, or design something to help you play the game, like John Cleaver's viral hit - Pokeball Aimer.|
More details: http://bit.ly/2hx1h2d
|MyMiniFactory||Nintendo 3DS XL||2016.08.26|
P.S. Please post in the comment section below if we’ve missed any 3D printing related contest/competition. We will update our table accordingly.
Basic Tips For Best Results in 3D Printing Competitions
– Please read competition instructions carefully before entering any contest.
– In most 3D printing competitions designers would come up with totally new designs, however, in some cases, designers will be asked to redesign existing objects.
– You don’t have to be a top designer to participate. Unique idea is paramount.
– Ability to use various design software skills will make you competitive but it will not guarantee the first place.
– Research the subject of competition and try to find topics that have not been overused.
– If competition involves redesigning something you should analyze it and find weaknesses and areas of improvements.
– When posting your entry describe it clearly with a good quality picture. The way you post the entry is as important as the design itself.
– It is a good idea to share your competition entry in social media. This can win you vital likes together with possibly gaining some useful advice.
– Competitions may carry additional requirements such as for loading multiple parts or restrictions concerning age, country of origin, etc. Please pay attention to the small print at the end of announcements.
We’ve put together a table with important 3D printing events, shows and fairs that happened or will happen in near future. There you can also find a brief coverage of the events made by 3D printing community members. Find the list of events here: http://3dwithus.com/3d-printing-events-shows-fairs