SUTD 3D Printing and Design Innovation Challenge 2020

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Announcement of Winners!

Theme 1: Healthcare Assistive Devices Theme 2: Educational Tools
Local School student category Top Prize: Oculaid

School: ACS (I)
Team of 5

Runner-up: iMedStack

School: Sembawang Secondary School
Team of 4

Top prize: Cell Explorer

School: River Valley High School
Team of 2

Runner-up: Show My Heart

School: River Valley High School

Local Polytechnic student category Runner-up: Footle

School: Republic Polytechnic

Top Prize: Mecanum Roll-Bot Wheels

School: Republic Polytechnic

Runner-up: Frame of Reference

School: Republic Polytechnic

*More details on the winning designs can be found here.


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.

Category Eligibility
Local School student category
  • Students from local Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges and Institutes of Technical Education (ITE)
Local Polytechnic student category
  • Students from local Polytechnics

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
Runner-Up: $2,500
Top Prize: $5,000
Runner-Up: $2,500
Local Polytechnic student category Top Prize: $5,000
Runner-Up: $2,500
Top Prize: $5,000
Runner-Up: $2,500

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.

Important Dates

Dates Events
6 December 2019 RSVP for “SUTD 3D Printing and Innovation Day”
12 December 2019 SUTD 3D Printing and Innovation Day
3 July 2020, by 5pm Submission of entries * We will not accept submissions after 5pm
TBC Announcement of winners

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.

Check out the pictures taken during the SUTD 3D Printing and Innovation Day here.

II. Clinic Sessions and Usage of 3D Printing Facilities

To support participants with no access to 3D printers, PIXEL Labs@NLB will be availing 3D printers on selected days. Please ensure that you are above 13 years old and register for the mandatory 3D Equipment Briefing to use the 3D Printers at PIXEL.

Venue: Tampines Regional Library (4th Floor) OR Jurong Regional Library (2nd Floor)
Opening Hours: 12PM – 9PM; Wednesdays to Sundays

Register Here

III. Consultation Sessions

Participants who require advice regarding 3D printer operating parameters, materials and 3D print orientation/supports can register for consultation sessions on a first come first serve basis.

In registering for the session, participants would need to share with us their queries. This is to enable us to assess whether the queries are valid or fair, in ensuring the integrity of the competition. For example, we will not be able to address questions relating to Design/ CAD.

Venue: SUTD One-Stop Centre | 8 Somapah Road, S(487372)
Consultation Slots: 2 – 4pm; the maximum time allocated for each participant/team is 30 mins.

  1. 7 Feb
  2. 21 Feb
  3. 5 Mar
  4. 19 Mar
RSVP for Consultation

IV. Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop

Makeyverse (SUTD 3D Printing Startup) will be conducting introductory workshops for participants to experience the entire object creation process using 3D Printing.  The following areas will be covered: Overview of the Additive Manufacturing industry, Concept of 3D Printing, 3D Printing workflow, 3D Printing demonstration, Simple 3D Modelling with Fusion 360, Simple 3D Printing settings and slicing. Slots are limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Session 1
Venue: Tampines Regional Library (4th Floor)
Date: 7 February 2020 (Friday)
Time: 12PM – 3PM

Register Here for the 7 Feb Session

Session 2
Venue: Jurong Regional Library (2nd Floor)
Date: 29 February 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 12PM – 3PM

Register Here for the 29 Feb Session

Competition Information

  • 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 July 2020, by 5pm, and results will be announced at a later date. Please note that only printed physical parts are accepted as submissions. We will not accept submissions after 5pm.

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
Singapore 487372

Attn: Engineering Product Development,
SUTD 3D Printing and Design Innovation Challenge 2020
Design Name:
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. Please download the A1 poster template here.
  • Video showing the design to fabrication process of this entry (optional)

Submit Your Entries

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

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