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​2017 5th Singapore International 3D Printing Competitions

Published on: 14-Oct-2016

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Organized by the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP) at Nanyang Technological University, the Singapore ​International 3D Printing Competitions goes into its 5th successful run in 2017!

Launched in 2013 with an overarching mission to promote awareness and adoption of 3D printing technologies, the competition is open to the general public (open category) with a top prize of $10,000, as well as tertiary and secondary students (student category) with top prizes of $5000 each. ​

To celebrate the human capacity for artistic creativity and engineering ingenuity, the themes for the 2017 Competitions will be Hats and Clocks.

Please click for the Registration Form and Description Template.

*Competition Deadline: Friday, 31st March 2017.

*Submission and other entry details can be found on the Design Briefs and FAQs.


​2017 5th Singapore International 3D Printing Competition: Hats

Hats - a symbol of functionality, of style, of elegance, of personality. With 3D printing, we can now produce unique hat designs with tailored fittings that are hitherto difficult to achieve with older manufacturing techniques.  Hats have played many roles: from the basic means to shield the head and face from the elements to the expression and display of a striking fashion icons for several centuries.

Hats have been around with us ever since the dawn of time. The earliest confirmed archaeological record of a hat dates back to the year 3300 BCE when the body of a bronze aged man together with his hat was found. He was found to be wearing a bearskin cap with a chin strap. In the Middle Ages, hats served as a social status marker for members of society. During the 19th century, women were seen wearing increasingly huge hats that were adorned with flowers and fruit ornaments. Men were also seen donning the world famous icons such as the Top Hat and the Bowler. The arrival of the 20th century saw hats becoming part of the Haute Couture Movement, with internationally acclaimed fashion brands like Christian Dior designing and selling hats for the wealthy and fashionable. In the 21st century, we see the rise of extremely creative-looking and elaborate hats that are worn by artists like Lady Gaga during their performances to add to the overall dramatic effect of those performances.  

This year, we challenge aspiring hat designers to 3D print fashionable, creative and yet functional hats that celebrate the human spirit.

1. Hats: Design Brief

2. Hats: FAQ

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College of Engineering (CoE), NTU


National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC)

Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)




2017 5th Singapore International 3D Printing Competition: Clocks

A device that is time immemorial as time itself. Clocks chart out time zones and therefore orientate our daily lives. 3D Printing contributes positively to the development of this age-old device by allowing clock makers to create pieces that feature innovatively unique designs.  

The ancient Egyptians kept time by relying on the sundial, which is one of the earliest clocks known to Man. Another of such clocks is the water clock. Clockmaking technology took a huge leap when around the year 775 when the Han Chinese mechanical engineer and monk Yi Xing invented the escapement and soon after, the world’s first mechanical clocks appeared in ancient China. Europe saw the arrivals of the spring-driven clock and the pendulum clock in the 15th century and the patenting of the electric clock in the 19th century. From the 20th century till today, we saw the rise in the use of the digital clocks by the masses, which utilises electronic mechanisms like LCD and LED displays to tell time in numbers. Notably, auditory clocks use sounds to present time and clocks for the blind are constructed such that their hands can be felt without being damaged.   

​In this competition, we challenge aspiring clock makers of this cutting-edge technological age to 3D print clocks, which feature an innovatively unique design that will enthrall and excite you and me.

1. Clocks: Design Brief

2. Clocks: FAQ


​Check out the winning entries of past competitions:​

2016 3D Printing Competition: Eyewear and Shoes

2015 3D Printing Competition: Vintage Toys and Functional Logo for SC3DP

2014 3D Printing Competition: Jewellery and Architecture

2013 3D Printing Competition: Abacus

2013 3D Printing Competition: Fashion


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