If you’re passionate about 3D printing, then the 3D Printing Student Design Challenge is perfect for you! This challenge invites you to showcase your creativity and technical skills by designing and manufacturing a one-of-a-kind project using Fusion 360 software. Your entry should include an Instructable that explains how you created your design using Fusion 360 and how you brought it to life through 3D printing.

For those of you new to Fusion 360, it is a professional CAD platform developed by Autodesk for designing and engineering products. It’s available for free to students and educators, and can be accessed through an internet browser or downloaded for desktop use. It provides a range of user-friendly tools for 3D modeling, simulation, and visualization, and allows for real-time collaboration.

We’re looking for innovative designs that demonstrate the potential of 3D printing technology using Fusion 360 to solve real-world problems and create new devices or solutions.

By participating in this challenge, you’ll have a chance to win prizes and gain recognition for your skills. So don’t miss this opportunity to show off your talent and push the boundaries of what’s possible with 3D printing!


  • Open to students currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institutions.
  • All entries must share school entrant is currently attending in the introductory step.
  • All entries must clearly use Fusion 360 in their design.
  • Submissions must be entered between May 1, 2023, and June 26, 2023 (11:59pm PT).

Tinkercad to Fusion 360 Judge's Prize:

  • We are giving away one special $250 Judge's Prize to Tinkercad designers who move over to Fusion 360 to bring their design to the next level.
  • To be eligible your design must start in Tinkercad and be sent to Fusion 360 for completion.


For help getting started or to take your skills to the next level, join us on Discord to receive the following benefits:

  • Answers to all your contest and Fusion 360 related questions.
  • Learn from other contestants and Autodesk staff while designing a fun project.
  • Fusion 360 workshops and office hours provided to facilitate learning:
  • Introduction to Fusion 360, Generative Design Workshop, Workspaces Q&A, reviews, & work parties.

If you have never posted an Instructable before, please refer to the How to Write an Instructable guide for more information. See examples of previous Fusion 360 Student Design Contest entrants here for more inspiration, and read the Official Rules below for further details.

Only   left to enter the 3D Printing Student Design Challenge!

Grand Prize

20 Prizes

Tinkercad to Fusion 360 Judge's Prize

One Tinkercad to Fusion 360 Judge's Prize Winners will receive:

$250 gift card

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize Winner will receive: 

$500 gift card

First Prize

Three First Prize Winners will receive: 

$250 gift card

Second Prize

Five Second Prize Winners will receive: 

$100 gift card

Runner Up

Ten Runner Ups will receive: 

$50 gift card

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 May 1, 2023 and Jun 26, 2023 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select 3D Printing 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.