The ability to 3D print almost anything in a matter of hours has opened the doors to quickly iterate designs and prototypes when working on projects in school. From designs that use 3D printed parts to supplement a build to builds that are entirely 3D printed, you can create almost anything with a 3D design and printer. For the 3D Printed Contest, students should show off what they are able to design in Fusion 360 and how they brought that design into reality.

This contest is open to all students attending secondary or post-secondary schools in the United States. (Check out the various Judges prizes in the prize section below to see if your institution has signed up to take part.) If you're interested in your school being represented in the Judges Prizes, contact us on the Discord link below to learn how. Don't forget to enter your institution name in the intro of your instructable!


1. Open to students attending high school, college or university in the United States.
2. All entries MUST share school entrant is currently attending in the introductory step.
3. All entries MUST use Fusion 360 in their design.
4. All entries MUST show the printed 3D design as part of their instructable.
5. Submissions must be entered between September 06, 2021 and December 13, 2021 (11:59pm PT).

Join us on Discord for answers to all of your contest and Fusion 360 related questions, and learn from other contestants and Autodesk staff while designing your project.

If you have never posted an Instructable before, please refer to the How to Write an Instructable guide for more information.

The 3D Printed Student Design Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize

21 Prizes

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

First Prize

Three First Prize Winner will receive:

Second Prize

Five Second Prize Winner will receive:

College of San Mateo Judges Prize

One CSM Judges Prize Winner will receive:

Runner Up

Eleven Runner Up Prize Winners will receive:
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Sep 6, 2021 and Oct 4, 2021 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select 3D Printed Student Design Challenge. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.