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3D Printing Student Grant 2019

Win $1000 & turn your project into a product

Apply to the Student Grant

The brief is simple

Show us how you used 3D printing to realize your innovative engineering or design project.

We’re looking for inventors, entrepreneurs and creative talents who push the boundaries of 3D printing to solve real-life problems.

We're accepting submissions in five categories: Product Design, Robotics, Sustainability, Transportation and Healthcare.

The deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2019.

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The award

The awardees will be selected by a panel of experts based on certain selection criteria. The winner of each category will receive:

  • $1000 in grant funding to support their project [1]
  • Exposure to a global audience (powered by 3D Hubs)
  • Technical support to turn their idea into a product

The five finalists of each category will receive a copy of The 3D Printing Handbook and an official finalist certificate.

“The 3D Hubs Student Grant helped me start my company, CUDAJET Inc. The fund was really helpful, but the promotion I received after the competition was truly priceless: my project got global coverage. As a result, everyone who I needed to start my business got in contact with me: from CEOs to potential investors. Finding mentors who can help you turn your idea into a real product is tough, so if you have them come to you, it certainly sets you apart.”

Archie O'Brien, winner of Student Grant 2018

Past Student Grant winners

Get inspired by previous year’s winners, ranging from an underwater jetpack to robots that "speak" in sign language.


A functional prototype of the world’s fastest underwater jetpack.

by Archie O'Brien

of Loughborough University

Read the full story →


A humanoid robot that can translate speech into sign language.

by Guy Fierens, Stijn Huys and Jasper Slaets

of the University of Antwerp

Read the full story →


A modular panoramic 3D printed camera.

by Paul Kohlhaussen

of Richmond University

Read the full story →

The categories

3D Hubs encourages all students to submit their work for consideration. The table below will help you select the right category for your project. You can specify up to two categories in your application.

Categories Examples
Product Design Consumer products, consumer electronics, gadgets, fashion ...
Robotics Mechatronics, automation, biomimetics, electromechanical systems, 3D printing systems ...
Sustainability Renewable energy, green technologies, sustainable architecture, eco projects, humanitarian engineering ...
Transportation Automotive, electric vehicles, alternative urban transport, aircraft, spacecraft, drones ...
Healthcare Medical devices, prosthetics, implants ...

Eligibility & selection criteria

For a project to be eligible, a physical prototype or product must be presented (renders will not be considered). Whole or part of the design must be fabricated through 3D printing. Components of the final assembly can be also manufactured through other (preferably digital) technologies, such as CNC machining.

We accept submissions from both individual contributors and teams. All contributors must be either current students (in secondary, undergraduate or postgraduate education) or recent graduates that have completed their studies after July 2018.

The submissions will be judged by a panel of engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs. The winners will be selected based on their presentation (40%), their innovation and potential impact of their project (30%), and their justification of the use of 3D printing (30%).

The deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2019, 24:00 CET. The winners will be announced on July 17th in the 3D Hubs blog.

[1] Excluding gaming tax. If the winner is in the Netherlands - the winner is responsible for Dutch gaming tax of 29%. If the winner is in other jurisdictions - the winner is responsible for local tax, if required. Please consult your local tax authorities for details.

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