3D Printing Competitions – List of Contests 11 comments


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 Competitions

Color codes: Open, Closed.
Competition
Description
Details
OrganizerPrizeClosing
Date
Isometric RoomUse your favorite software to create a 1 x 1 x 1 isometric room.
More details: https://bit.ly/2FMGGp5
SketchfabFramed Art
$50 Gift Card
2020.10.05
NASAAn Advanced Lightweight Lunar Gantry for Operations (ALLGO)
More details: https://bit.ly/2RRzQkx
NASA
GrabCad
$7000 In Prizes2020.11.02
RTFKTTexture existing model using your preferred tools and workflow.
More details: https://bit.ly/32Bk4jG
RTFKT
Sketchfab
Sneakers, Hoodie...2020.09.28
RemixMake your own version that pushes the idea to the next level.
Disclaimer: Instructables.com judge on the quality of instructions.
More details: https://bit.ly/2Fw0jBE
Instructables$500, 250, 100, 50 Gift cards.2020.11.09
Make it MoveWe want to see projects that move.
Disclaimer: Instructables.com judge on the quality of instructions.
More details: https://bit.ly/3bACdkw
Instructables$500, 250, 150, 50 Gift cards.2020.10.12
Hook TournamentJoin a free Hook 3D Design Course on ptt.live
to win a 3D printed hook tournament. PolyMax Only.
Polymaker
Ptt.live
3x 3D Printers
35x Filament
2020.09.25
Let there be light!Light – your model must shine.
More details: https://bit.ly/2CGSE1I
Prusa PrintersMK3S Kits
Prusament
2020.09.27
make:ableAn assistive technology design challenge for students.
More details: https://bit.ly/2Q3k19v
PrintLab
Autodesk
6 for each age group2021.04.01
COR Alpha Design ChallengeSubmit a design for a stand-alone product or a component of a larger design.
More details: https://bit.ly/33Pe4F8
Wevolver
polySpectra
$25.000
in Prizes
2020.09.28
3D Printing Industry Awards 2020Design a trophy that will celebrate the unique capabilities of 3D printing.
More details: https://bit.ly/3gOzkyB
Protolabs
Craftbot
MyMiniFactory
Craftbot
3D Printer
2020.09.30
Virtual PrototypingStudent Virtual Prototyping Design Challenge
More details: https://bit.ly/3gZy3nH
Thingiverse
MakerBot
2x 3D Printer
more
2020.10.12
Creality CloudUpload your original model (design) and tag it.
More details: https://bit.ly/337bsAy
Creality3D PrinterEvery Friday
Mushroom HouseCreate a new 3d rendered image.
More details: https://bit.ly/3m2pOL2
CG BoostSubscriptions and Credits2020.09.23
I'm a unique colorIdentify the color of yourself. Draw a picture with your own color!
More details: https://bit.ly/2QfP6qh
XP-PenArtist 24 PRO
Deco PRO
2020.09.20
SelfCADThemes: Music Instruments, Interior Design, and Holidays.
More details: https://bit.ly/39VQyaq
SelfCAD
MyMiniFactory
FDM and SLA
3D Printers
2020.09.20
Purmundus
Challange
The theme of this year's international competitions in the field of 3D and 4D printing is: "Geometry and Material in Harmony".
More details: https://bit.ly/3hCiIuB
Purmundus
Challange
EUR 30.000
in Prizes
2020.09.21
RobotsShare your robotics-related projects.
Disclaimer: Instructables.com judge on the quality of instructions.
More details: https://bit.ly/3fSpxHj
Instructables
Tinkercad
$500, 250, 100, 50 Gift cards.2020.09.14
CNCCNC-themed instructables.
Disclaimer: Instructables.com judge on the quality of instructions.
More details: https://bit.ly/2CG83iL
Instructables
Autodesk
$500, 250, 150, 50 Gift cards.2020.09.14
RTJ4DRemix the model or scene using your favourite 3D workflow.
More details: https://bit.ly/2PHGwAF
RTJ4D
Sketchfab
XP-Pen, Headset, more2020.09.07
Design InspirationDesign a “pebble” to showcase PolyJet capabilities.
More details: https://bit.ly/2VDvdwq
GrabCAD
Stratasys
$3000
in Prizes
2020.09.07
Cultural Product DesignExplore the spirit behind Yangshilei.
More details: https://bit.ly/2DHW8l2
Designboom
IN(3D)NOVATION
$8.500
more
2020.09.01
Summer
Contest
Students only. Create a 3D object on BlocksCAD.
More details: https://bit.ly/30D4z8N
BlocksCADChromebook
Membership
2020.08.21
NASA ChallengeRestraint and Mobility Aid System for Multiple Gravity Environments.
More details: https://bit.ly/3e4tMxC
CDSA
GrabCAD
$7000
in Prizes
2020.08.17
PuzzlesWe want to see puzzles of all types. Disclaimer: Instructables.com judge on the quality of instructions.
More details: https://bit.ly/3iyBcvA
Instructables$250, 100, 50 Gift cards.2020.08.17
MonoBikeUse your preferred tools and workflow to texture an existing model.
More details: https://bit.ly/30okV6d
Sketchfab$100 Gift Card,
Subscription
2020.08.10
Fairy Tale3D model a fairy tale scene.
More details: https://bit.ly/3gpo0bD
GameTextures
Sketchfab
Framed Art
$50 Gift Card
Subscriptions
2020.08.03
Student Design ContestFor all students who are using Tinkercad. Disclaimer: Instructables.com judges the quality of instructions in the first place.
More details: https://bit.ly/2UAuprX
Instructables
Tinkercad
$100, $50 Gift Cards2020.08.10
Cyrcle PhoneDesign a non-rectangular phone from the future.
More details: https://bit.ly/2NOq5S2
Cyrcle Phone
MyMiniFactory
3 x Creality
Ender 3 PRO
2020.07.31
Shop ChallengeCreate a functional tool that will be requested on GrabCAD Shop!
More details: https://bit.ly/31dhsbs
GrabCAD
License, T-Shirt & More
2020.07.27
Upcycling PrusamentOriginal Prusament boxes/spools only. Anything goes: toys, games, educative items, practical, etc.
More details: https://bit.ly/3i2mXQb
PrusaPrintersMK3S Kit
Prusament
More
2020.07.26
SouvenirsScan one or more souvenirs using your preferred tools and workflow.
More details: https://bit.ly/3j41NBV
Sketchfab
$100 Gift Card
Subscription
2020.07.27
TrashUse your favorite software and workflow to model some trash.
More details: https://bit.ly/2ZMUkOS
Sketchfab
Framed Art
$50 Gift Card
2020.07.20
Medieval Fantasy Tavern3D editor challenge: Use an existing model and resubmit it in a unique way.
More details: https://bit.ly/2Vkwk4i
Sketchfab
$100 Gift Card
Subscription
2020.07.06
Bring the Outdoors IndoorsCreate a 3D model that brings an outdoor activity inside.
More details: https://bit.ly/2WTewgo
Formlabs
Pinshape
$200 Credit
Swag, more
2020.06.26
Global Maritime
AM Challenge
Design an innovative rescue boat.
More details: http://bit.ly/2o0lNhi
NAMIC$30,000
$20,000
$10,000
2020.06.30
Sea LifeCreate a low poly scene of 3D sea life.
More details: https://bit.ly/37Hct4k
Sketchfab
Art Print
$50 Gift Card
2020.06.29
3D Scanning
Clothes
Scan one or more pieces of clothing using Agisoft Metashape.
More details: https://bit.ly/2U5FGjt
Agisoft Metashape
Sketchfab
Software
$50 Gift Card
Subscription
2020.06.31
Environment DayUse 3D printing to create something to hold, help, keep, or improve the nature of your environment.
More details: https://bit.ly/3hALtbf
PolyMaker
PolyBox
Filament
2020.06.25
Toys & GamesWe want to see the most awesome toys and games you can make at home! Tinkercad special prize.
More details: https://bit.ly/3guivcc
Instructables
Tinkercad
$250, $150, $100, $50 Gift Cards2020.06.22
Paladin's BookHand paint an existing 3D model.
More details: https://bit.ly/2AsxZgT
Sketchfab
$100 Gift Card
Subscription
2020.06.22
3D Printed
Jewelry
Design and 3D print an 3D original model of one or more pieces of jewelry.
More details: https://bit.ly/2K7HiDY
Anycubic
Cults3D
Anycubic
3D Printers,
Filament
2020.06.15
StormtrooperImagine what a Stormtrooper would do away from the stress of their regular work life!
More details: https://bit.ly/2WB5w0K
MyMiniFactory
Andrew Ainsworth
Rights to Sell,
more...
2020.06.25
SculptingDesign a 3D model or create a remix that fits the contest theme.
More details: https://bit.ly/2L3LYeT
PrusaPrintersPrusa SL1
Prusament
2020.06.07
Dune BuggyUse your favorite software and workflow to model a dune buggy.
More details: https://bit.ly/3d4I7dS
Sketchfab
Art Print
$50 Gift Card
2020.06.09
The Distance LearningPost an instructable with an outline of the assignment and demonstrates three examples of student work that includes Tinkercad 3D designs.
More details: https://bit.ly/2Uw83bs
TinkerCAD
Instructables
$500, $250, Gift Cards2020.06.01
Sci-Fi CircusUse your favorite software and workflow to sculpt a character that you might find in a sci-fi circus.
More details: https://bit.ly/2WyZvjA
Sketchfab
XP-PEN
XP-PEN
$50 Gift Card
more
2020.06.01
Double-Bladed AxeUse your favorite software and workflow to texture existing model..
More details: https://bit.ly/36cUcLp
Sketchfab
$100 Gift Card
Subscription
2020.06.01
Finish It
Already
Finally complete and share your neglected, abandoned, and half-finished projects. Document creative process and add a story.
More details: https://bit.ly/2X6xlg8
Instructables
$250, $100, $50 Gift Cards2020.06.01
3D PrintedGet extra publicity for your model and don't forget to add the instructions. Disclaimer: Instructables.com judge on the quality of instructions.
More details: https://bit.ly/2Uw83bs
Fusion 360
Instructables
$1000, $500, $250, $50 Gift Cards2020.05.25
Extreme
Redesign
Open to students worldwide. This year, Extreme Redesign features 3 categories.
More details: http://bit.ly/2PbAZ5Z
GrabCad
Stratasys
$3500
& More
Scholarship
2020.05.25
Boast Your
Toast!
Reimagine and reinvent the toaster.
More details: https://bit.ly/3eYCLlz
GrabCadSubscriptions,
Prusa i3 MK3S
2020.05.24
LighthouseUse your favorite software and workflow to model a lighthouse.
More details: https://bit.ly/2Z0HLka
Sketchfab
Art Print
$50 Gift Card
2020.05.25
3D Pioneers
2020
Welcoming entries from universities and research institutes as well as from industry, design and engineering firms.
More details: http://bit.ly/38DGCjO
3dpbm€35,000
3D Printer
more ...
2020.05.15
3DBenchy3DBenchy turned five. Let’s celebrate!
#3DBenchyBirthdayContest
More details: NA
3DBenchy
Daniel Norée
SImplify3D
Filament
2020.05.09
Baked Goods3D Scan one or more baked goods using your preferred tools.
More details: https://bit.ly/2xgW9Jx
Sketchfab$100 Gift Card
Subscription
2020.05.11
Mask HolderMask holder design competition. Original or a modification.
More details: https://bit.ly/3b631ar
Repcord$100 Gift Card
2020.05.11
CoVent-19Develop a rapidly deployable mechanical ventilator.
Round 1 (Open Entry).
More details: https://bit.ly/2QVUwaX
GrabCad
Stratasys
Coventchallenge
$10 000 in Prizes2020.05.01
Earth DayModel something related to Earth Day.
More details: https://bit.ly/3cBkFnK
SketchfabArt Print
$50 Gift Card
2020.05.06
Face maskImprove or build a new model.
More details: https://bit.ly/3aDglDi
Stop The Drop10k Euro
2020.05.03
ClocksGet extra publicity for your model and don't forget to add the instructions. Disclaimer: Instructable.com judge on the quality of instructions.
More details: http://bit.ly/2IkkHTQ
Instructable32 GB iPad
Apple Pencil
& more...
2020.04.27
3D-ify This in Your StyleInterpret François Bourdin’s concept art in your 3D style.
More details: https://bit.ly/2w0MXZ8
Sketchfab$100 Gift Card
Sketchfab PRO
2020.04.27
SculptingGet extra publicity for your model and don't forget to add the instructions. Disclaimer: Instructables.com judge on the quality of instructions.
More details: https://bit.ly/2wJgM0X
Fusion 360
Instructables
$500, $250, $50 Gift Cards2020.04.27
Electromaker KitsCustomize one of Electromaker’s popular 3D printable projects: The DIY Mood Lamp.
More details: https://bit.ly/2UARsBZ
Electromaker
MyMiniFactory
Mega X
Photon Zero
Wash & Cure
2020.04.25
3D Editor
Challenge
Adjust 3D Editor settings to give the existing model an entirely new look and feel.
More details: https://bit.ly/34ENkWh
Sketchfab$100 Gift Card
Sketchfab PRO
2020.04.27
NASA "RASSOR" Bucket DrumDesign a bucket drum for RASSOR that will provide the maximum amount of regolith extraction and retention while remaining free of obstructions during loading and unloading.
More details: http://bit.ly/2WmvNjv
GrabCad
NASA
$7000
in Prizes
2020.04.20
Everyday NecessitiesEveryday necessities for life during a pandemic.
More details: https://bit.ly/2UAqNWa
Prusa Printers3 * MK3 Kits
25 Spools
2020.04.17
Arcade GamesLow poly. Use your favorite software and workflow.
More details: https://bit.ly/2Vdjrbk
Sketchfab$100 Gift Card
Sketchfab PRO
2020.04.20
Covid-19Prevent the spread by creating open-source product designs for public spaces.
More details: https://bit.ly/2RGPTlc
CadCrowdUnder $7992020.04.19
LED StripGet extra publicity for your model and don't forget to add the instructions. Disclaimer: Instructables.com judge on the quality of instructions.
More details: https://bit.ly/3aBIXNR
Instructables
$250, $50 Gift Cards2020.04.13
DUCUUK Only. Design Competition for Kids. Three age ranges: under 5s, 6 - 10 Yrs, 11 - 16 Yrs.
More details: https://bit.ly/3bLxr2J
ducu.co.uk3 x Lego Sets (£120)2020.04.10
Easter EggCreate your own customized Easter Egg, with any design program.
More details: https://bit.ly/34ky0xZ
CraftBot
CraftBot Plus Pro 3D Printer2020.04.13
CC0 Remix ChallengeUse your favorite software and workflow to create a scene using at least three CC0 models.
More details: http://bit.ly/2Q39Bqw
Sketchfab$100 Gift Card
Sketchfab PRO
2020.04.07
Sanitiser - Fountain Of HygieneCreative industries and individuals are invited to submit their designs for a future vision of sanitiser. These designs will be displayed at the Design Museum.
More details: http://bit.ly/38YOZXa
BOMPAS & PARRCharity for
The Red Cross
2020.04.05
Texturing:
Easter Bunny
Texture Easter bunny using your preferred tools and workflow,
More details: https://bit.ly/3agAUpu
Sketchfab$100 Gift Card
Sketchfab PRO
2020.04.06
HeartGet an extra publicity to your model ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ and don't forget to add the instructions. Disclaimer: Instructable.com judge on the quality of instructions.
More details: http://bit.ly/39qVa6V
InstructableiPad Air, 64 GB
T-Shirt
& more...
2020.04.06
varioShoreDisclaimer: the project/make has to be completed using varioShore TPU only. Share your prints on social media, use the hashtag.
More details: http://bit.ly/39JH40D
ColorFabb16, 8, 4
Filament
Spools
2020.03.31
Duncan Louca's
Transhuman
PRINT - PAINT - POST Competition. Duncan Louca's Transhuman model. (Disclaimer: Nude Art)Monocure 3D5 x Resin
3 x Resin
3 x Resin
2020.03.31
Make-A-ThonMedical Device 3D printing design competition utilizing CAD and Solidworks to solve medical problems.
More details: http://bit.ly/2SiDODK
BMESNA2020.03.28
Favorite ToyScan your favorite toy and use RealityCapture to process the model.
More details: http://bit.ly/2VHJEAA
Capturing Reality
Sketchfab
€200 RC Credit
$100 Gift Card
2020.03.31
Tiny CabinUse your favorite software and workflow to model a tiny cabin.
More details: http://bit.ly/2xQKVeZ
Sketchfab$100 Gift Card
Sketchfab PRO
2020.03.30
Low-cost VentilatorsMontreal hospitals launch global challenge to design low-cost ventilators
More details: https://bit.ly/2wEzcjh
Montreal Hospitals
3dprintingmedia
CAD $200k2020.03.30
ELEGOO
3D Print Contest
NA, EU, Japan Only! Elegoo Mars Printers Only!
3D print, publish and hashtag to win.
More details: http://bit.ly/339cmfn
ELEGOO5xResin x1
2xResin x2
1xResin x7
2020.03.23
Luminaire DesignMENA region. The 3D Printed Luminaire Design Competition.
More details: http://bit.ly/2woi2WK
3D Luminaire
Huda Lighting
Autodesk
Showcase in Dubai.
Trip to Show.
2020.03.22
FrontiersModel a character, architecture, or vehicle that you might encounter on a frontier.
More details: http://bit.ly/2SkPLY9
Sketchfab$100
Gift Card
Sketchfab PRO
2020.03.02
Practical &
Functional
Contest theme: Practical and functional models for your household, garage or garden.
More details: http://bit.ly/2RS4WYA
Prusa ResearchMK3S Kit
$150 Voucher
$100 Voucher
2020.03.01
Fix ItDisclaimer: Even though Instructable.com are judging the quality of instructions in the first place, there is often a special prize for 3D design and/or 3D printing use.
More details: http://bit.ly/2N47G3O
Instructable
Makita
Makita Cordless
Tools
2020.03.02
Raspberry PiDisclaimer: Even though Instructable.com are judging the quality of instructions in the first place, there is often a special prize for 3D design and/or 3D printing use.
More details: http://bit.ly/2T23pS8
Instructable
Dremmel
3D Printer,
Gift Cards
2020.03.02
e-NABLEUSA schools only. Create a 1-3 min video.
More details: http://bit.ly/36g5mxj
3D UniverseUltimaker 2+
8 Spools
Filament
2020.02.29
Dream CarAustralia Only. Three age groups: under 8, ages 8-11 and ages 12-15. Students asked to recreate their 2D Dream Car sketch as a 3D model using Makers Empire’s 3D design app.
More details: http://bit.ly/2SLS8Fb
Makers Empire
Toyota
$275 Gift Cards
$2500 Vouchers
2020.03.01
Fantasy
Forest
Create a collection of at least 10 Sketchfab models using the theme of “Fantasy Forest”.
More details: http://bit.ly/37CBLPZ
Sketchfab$100
Gift Card
Sketchfab PRO
2020.02.10
Meet MAT 2MAT is back. He changed, a bit. He grew. He needs new texturing, new looks. 3D Painting Contest.
More details: http://bit.ly/2RHpR0u
Substance3dValue of $50k of prizes in total2020.02.04
DogsUse your favorite software and workflow to model a dog.
More details: http://bit.ly/2sR2pFO
Sketchfab$100
Gift Card
Sketchfab PRO
2020.02.03
Low Poly
Game Level
Use your favorite software and workflow to create a low poly game level.
More details: http://bit.ly/35syhhe
Sketchfab3 x $100
Gift Card
Sketchfab PRO
2020.02.03
Design
Challenge 2020
In two categories, both professionals and students are encouraged to redesign an existing conventional part of a machine or product for 3D printing.
More details: http://bit.ly/2JycHQ2
Additive World3D Printer
Software Licenses
more
2020.02.01
Made With
ColorFabb
Share your ColorFabb prints on social media, tag us with our official accounts and use the hashtag
More details: http://bit.ly/2uIJJsf
ColorFabbSpools of Filament2020.01.31
Make it GlowDisclaimer: Even though Instructable.com is judging the quality of instructions in the first place, there is often a special prize for 3D design and/or 3D printing use.
More details: http://bit.ly/2qkiqmr
Instructable3D Printer
Dremel
2020.01.27
Assistive TechDisclaimer: Even though Instructable.com are judging the quality of instructions in the first place, there is often a special prize for 3D design and/or 3D printing use.
More details: http://bit.ly/33xnMct
Instructable
Tinkercad
3D Printer
Dremel
3D20
2020.01.06
3December
2019
Use any tool and workflow you like to create your models.
More details: http://bit.ly/384psfU
Sketchfab3 x $100
Gift Card
Sketchfab PRO
2020.01.01

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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.

3D Printing Competitions - List of Contests & Challenges

3D Printing Competitions – List of Contests & Challenges
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– 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.


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Crowdfunding Campaigns in 3D Printing
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There have been a lot of successful 3D design and 3D printer crowdfunding campaigns in recent years. Backers are keen to support projects that are add-ons to their beloved newly found hobby. These fundraising campaigns offer an opportunity to take part in the birth of new concepts for 3D printing machines, software, materials, and even accessories. In the table, you can find cherry-picked 3D printing-related startups that caught our eye. Also, we will pay special attention to 3D design projects.





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11 thoughts on “3D Printing Competitions – List of Contests

  • Alkaios

    Hi 3DWithUs. You’d probably want to add the 3D Hubs Student Grant to the list. The 2019 edition was just launched. The winners get $5.000 in total, plus professional support to further develop their project.

    • James

      hi
      i made speed and torque increase making a small motor move a big motor faster
      im being treated really bad for what i did
      i was even forced into homelessness and worse
      please advocate for me to.be allowed to complete my project

  • Dobot

    Hey 3DWithUs! There’s also a 3D printing contest designed for multi-color 3D printing. Winner gets a DOBOT MOOZ-3 color-mixing printer(value $599 USD). Deadline to submit 3D printing works is September 26th! It will be helpful if you can list the competition here. Thank you!

  • Cat

    Hey 3DWithUs! There’s also a 3D printing design challenge for fast furniture for hurricane recovery. Winner gets $250 USD. Deadline to submit STL files is Aug 8th!