Metal 3D Printing Design Competition

Do you have experience with CAD, design, and 3D printing

Have you ever wanted to 3D print something in metal?

Here’s your chance!

Theme: BYU Engineering Changes the World

Design a model that exemplifies the ways engineering has and can change the world around us. Bonus points if the design incorporates a BYU-centric feature or relates to innovations by BYU students, faculty, or alumni! This can be your own original design, or it can be a redesign of an existing part or object to optimize it for 3D printing.

$1,000 in Prizes

  • 1st Place: Free stainless steel print of your design & $500
  • 2nd Place: Free stainless steel print of your design & $250
  • 3rd Place: Free stainless steel print of your design & $150
  • 4th Place: Free stainless steel print of your design & $100

The winning design will also be placed on permanent display in the Additive Manufacturing Laboratory (155 CTB).


  1. Submissions can be from individuals or teams
  2. All designers must be current BYU students
  3. One entry per designer/team
  4. The model must be printable in steel on a Concept Laser Powder Bed Fusion Metal Additive Manufacturing System. Information on design guidelines for metal additive manufacturing can be found at
  5. Minimal support structures are allowed, if they are positioned so they can be easily removed.
  6. The model in the printed orientation must have a total volume of 500 cubic cm or less, and it must fit within a 10cm x 10cm x 10cm cube.
  7. The model must be of your own design, but can be based off of other existing designs.
  8. The model must be emailed as an .STL file to by March 4th, 2020.
  9. The submission must also include this completed form.
  10. The winners will be announced on March 11th, 2020.

Judging Rubric

  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
    1. Compatible with AM – The model meets AM design guidelines and can be printed, but using AM provides no benefit over other manufacturing processes like casting or machining
    2. Optimized for AM – The model includes features or characteristics that give AM strong advantages in cost, time, etc. over other manufacturing processes
    3. Designed for AM – The model would be very difficult or impossible to make through conventional methods (due to complexity, geometry, etc.), and incorporates aesthetics/functionality that makes an AM version highly desirable
  • Originality
    1. Low originality – very similar to existing designs in the area of interest, with little design or engineering performance changes
    2. Medium originality – based off of or inspired by existing designs, with substantial modifications to improve engineering function or to aid additive manufacturing
    3. High originality – novel design very different from what is typically seen in the area of interest
  • Design Skill
    1. Entry level – demonstrates basic proficiency in CAD modeling
    2. Advanced – includes features or geometries that demonstrate an advanced knowledge of CAD capabilities and/or a strong understanding of how the design improves engineering performance, aesthetics, cost, weight, or manufacturability
    3. Master – demonstrates significant mastery of CAD and design skills beyond that of an advanced user
  • Theme
    1. Design has little relevance to theme
    2. Design communicates the theme to the viewer/user
    3. Design exemplifies the theme in a insightful or unique way

Design Workshops

Not much experience with Design for Metal Additive Manufacturing? No problem – most people don’t! We will be holding two workshops on February 26th and March 4th at 6 PM in the Additive Manufacturing Lab (155 CTB) to teach you all about orientation, support requirements, etc.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday Feb 19th @ 6 PM: Kick-Off Meeting in 155 CTB
  • Wednesday Feb 26th @ 6 PM: Design Workshop in 155 CTB
  • Wednesday Mar 4th @ 6 PM: Design Workshop in 155 CTB
  • **Submissions due at midnight, Wednesday March 4th**
  • Wednesday Mar 11th @ 6 PM: Awards presented in 206 EB


Special thanks to our sponsors:

  • BYU Manufacturing Engineering Department
  • BYU Mechanical Engineering Department
  • BYU Weidman Center