This competition is organised by SUTD to promote awareness about 3D Printing technologies, and give the participants a better appreciation of the university’s unique pedagogy. In this competition, we challenge aspiring designers and engineers to design and 3D-print innovative products to build a better world, in the area of Healthcare Assistive and/or Educational Tools.
Participants will also have the opportunity to attend the SUTD 3D Printing and Innovation Day on 12 December 2019 in gaining insights into 3D Printing technologies and experience how SUTD empowers our students to design, innovate and build a better world through a world-class, design-centric education in a hands-on and collaborative learning environment.
Category & Eligibility
Submissions can be done as an individual participant or groups of up to 5 persons.
|Local School student category||
|Local Polytechnic student category||
Participants are free to choose either of the following themes to work on:
- Healthcare Assistive Devices
- Educational Tools
|Theme 1: Healthcare Assistive Devices||Theme 2: Educational Tools|
|Local School student category||Top Prize: $5,000
|Top Prize: $5,000
|Local Polytechnic student category||Top Prize: $5,000
|Top Prize: $5,000
Note: The University reserves the right to not award specific prizes if there are no deserving entries. Winning designs might be showcased during exhibitions, talks, speaking engagements, and other publicity platforms pertaining to the subject.
|6 December 2019||RSVP for “SUTD 3D Printing and Innovation Day”|
|12 December 2019||SUTD 3D Printing and Innovation Day|
|3 April 2020||Submission of entries|
|May 2020||Announce of winners at NAMIC Summit 2020|
Support/ Resources for Participants
SUTD, in partnership with PIXEL Labs@NLB, will be availing resources to support participants of this challenge. These resources include:
I. SUTD 3D Printing and Innovation Day
All participants are strongly encouraged to attend a 1-day SUTD 3D Printing and Innovation Day at SUTD on 12 December 2019 to learn more about the competition and to be introduced to Design Innovation, global trends in 3D printing, as well as to attend a hands-on tutorial on using an FDM 3D printer.
The programme is as follows:
|10.00 – 10.30am||Introduction
A brief introduction about SUTD’s mission and our motivation for organising this competition, as well as to provide general information about the competition.
|10.30 – 12.15pm||Micro Design Innovation Activity
The Micro Design Innovation / Design Thinking (DI) Experience will be delivered by Professor Arlindo Silva from SUTD –MIT International Design Centre aims to allow participants to experience the full design innovation process, but in a short, exciting timeframe.
The hands-on exercise brings attendees through the process of Design, encompassing Discover, Define, Develop, and Deliver phases.
The activity demonstrates a core approach to engaging user empathy, reframing, ideation, prototyping, and iterative design refinement, thereby enabling participants to take a snapshot of the design process and their first step into the world of systematic design innovation.
|12.15 – 1.15pm||Lunch and Networking
Project Showcase by DManD and NAMIC at SUTD Library
|1.15 – 2.00pm||Expert Sharing on 3D Printing
Delivered by Professor Chua Chee Kai, world’s leading renowned expert in 3D Printing with over 25 years’ experience, the talk aims to share about the application of 3D printing and its importance.
|2.00 – 4.00pm||Tutorial on operation of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer (Optional)
This hands-on tutorial aims to acquaint participants with the basic operations of a typical FDM 3D printer.
II. Clinic Sessions and Usage of 3D Printing Facilities
To support participants with no access to 3D printers, SUTD and PIXEL Labs@NLB will be availing our 3D printers on the university’s campus, as well as at the PIXEL Labs@NLB in Jurong and Tampines regional libraries on selected days. Clinic sessions may also held during selected sessions.
Participants who are interested in utilizing the equipment would have to go through relevant assessments and make the necessary bookings, subject to resource availability.
More details on the booking of the facilities will be released on 12 Dec.
- The design must contain more than 70% of 3D printed material, though there is no limitation on the choice of materials. Support structure removal is also allowed.
- Minimal manual assembly and post-colouring should be required by the final printed product. If manual assembly is required (e.g. fixing on bolts, screws or glue), participants are required to provide a description and relevant justifications on the techniques used.
- No limitation on post-assembly of several printed parts. However, given that the aim is to showcase the strengths of 3D printing, designs that innovatively and efficiently utilise 3D printing techniques, as an alternative to other manufacturing techniques, will be judged favourably.
- The dimensions of the design should be kept within 1 metre by 1 metre by 1 metre (Length x Breadth x Height).
The following conditions are to be strictly adhered to. Failure to do so may disqualify relevant submissions.
- All submissions must be participants’ original work, have not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited.
- The design including picture, icon, symbol within, shall not in any way infringe any third party’s right, including but not limited to copyright, logos, trademark, or other proprietary rights.
- Each participant/team could submit up to two designs. Both designs can be from the same or different themes.
- Submissions can be done as an individual participant or groups of up to 5 persons. If a team wins, there will be only 1 prize per team and the cash prize will be transferred to the team leader, who will be solely responsible for the distribution of prize among team members.
- The winning design belongs to the organiser who reserves the right to print, use and alter it in any manner deemed fit, without payment of any fee.
- All entries sent to this competition will be retained by the organiser.
- The winner or a representative from the winning team must be present in person to collect the prize in Singapore at the prize giving ceremony.
The entry package must be submitted to SUTD by 3 April 2020, Friday, and results will be announced during by May 2020. Please note that only printed physical parts are accepted as submissions.
The entry package should contain the following:
1. 3D printed physical part for submission with design name and participants full name.
- The entry package is to be sent to:
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
8 Somapah Road
Attn: Engineering Product Development,
SUTD 3D Printing and Design Innovation Challenge 2020
Submitted by: <Participant(s)’ names>
2. Participants are to upload the following contents onto a Google Drive/ Dropbox folder and to share the link with us via our online submission form:
- Softcopy of the original and editable design file and .stl file
- Rendering of the design (tiff, png, jpeg formats)
- A1 size poster design. It is mandatory to include entry details (design name, AM technique, AM material) and picture/renders of the design. You could also include a description of the design, disruptive and new elements, assembly method (if any) and fabrication process, in English.
- Video showing the design to fabrication process of this entry (optional)
The judging panel may include experts in 3D printing, engineering, technology and design. Depending on the submission, opinions by experts in relevant fields may also be sought and considered.
The judges will be looking for a uniquely innovative design which:
- Fits the chosen theme
- Demonstrates the wide possibilities of 3D printing.
- Inspires discussions on relevant 3D printing technologies for the future
Some considerations include:
- Affordability and scalability
- Functionality and design
- Innovative usage of digital tools and manufacturing techniques
The decision of the judging panel will be final.
Winning/ awarded entries become the intellectual property (IP) of SUTD.
For the other submissions, the organiser owns the entries in the form of printed parts. The organiser may dispose of the entry as it deems fit and is under no obligation to return the submitted entry to the participants.
There are no fees required for participating in the competition. However, participants will have to cover the costs of their own 3D printing.
For all enquiries regarding the competition, please send your queries to email@example.com