LAYERS Competition: Creative Use of 3D Printing Technologies


  • 25 Sep 2015 (At 4:30pm - 6pm)
    Introduction of events, activities and competitions in I MAKE initiative for schools, and about the Maker Faire Hong Kong 2015
  • 25 Sep 2015 to 22 Nov 2015
    Open for sign-up to competition

    Oct 2015 to May 2016 - Seminars for the competition:
  • 17 Oct 2015 (at v1310, JCIT, click here for more details)
    >10:30am - 11:30am - Introduction to the Competition. Speaker: Dr Clifford Choy, School of Design, PolyU (video on youTube)
    >11:30am - 12:30pm - Introduction to 3D printing technologies and applications. Speaker: Mr. Simon Yeung, Stratasys (video on youTube)

  • 31 Oct 2015 morning (at room BC308, Wing BC, click here for more details)
    >10:30am - 11:30am - Seminar on the theme "Toys". Speaker: Mr. Remi Leclerc, School of Design, PolyU
    >11:30am - 12:30pm - Seminar on the theme "Local Identity and Culture". Speaker: Mr. Fung Ho-Yin, School of Design, PolyU

  • 14 Nov 2015 morning - Guest speakers on selected themes

  • 28 Nov to 29 Nov 2015 - Pitching of design idea (for teams in Junior and Secondary categories only) [***MAKE YOUR REGISTRATION HERE]

  • 5 Mar 2016 morning - How to submit your work?

  • Jun 2016 - Submission deadline

  • Jul 2016 - Exhibition and announcement of winners


    This competition is open to students in secondary and tertiary education as well as to general public.

    Your creative work should be a physical artifact which fits in one of the four themes, namely "Fashion Accessories", "Toys", "Local Identity and Culture", and "Create for ____" (refer to "Themes"), and is reproducible with 3D printing technologies (and optionally other digital fabrication technologies)

    While it is possible for your creative work to be entirely 3D-printed, we encourage participants to explore appropriate use of objects/materials and other digital fabrication technologies (like computer numerical controlled machining and laser cutting).

    Each team can enroll in only one category. Hence, each team will be allowed to submit one creative work only.

Join our Competition [Enroll Here] 

Join our Pitching Sessions [Register Here]

Team Size and Categories

Each team can consist of 1 to 3 members.

Team is categorized into......
- Junior Secondary - all members are students from F1 to F3, or Grade 7 to Grade 9

- Senior Secondary - at least one member is student from F4 to F6, or Grade 10 to Grade 12

- Open - at least one member is student in tertiary education level or general public


Each participant can only select one of the following themes:

- Fashion Accessories

* Examples include bracelets, rings, ear-rings, watch, glasses, shoes, jewelry

- Toys

* Examples include accessories for action figures, props for board games, connectors for construction toys like LEGO, toys on transportation (You may create toy which is static or may have mechanical parts, e.g.: gears or hinges.).

- Local identity and culture

*Examples include symbols or objects unique to Hong Kong

- Create for ____

*Something which benefits a particular group of people, which may improve their well-being. Examples of beneficiaries include elderly, children, visually impaired, and disabled.

Judging Criteria

- Aesthetics
- Creativity (in concept, and in process)
- Appropriateness (to the theme, and on use of materials)


- Process book
- Details on how to reproduce the artifact, which include list of materials, tools, digital resources (including 3D model files and other appropriate resources for digital fabrication), and instructions supplemented with photos (and optionally with videos) for anyone with appropriate skills to reproduce the artifact. Note that for the Open category, participants do not have to submit any digital resources (including 3D model files)
- Video showing 360 degree view of the created artifact
- A 5-min video presenting your creative work, including your key concepts, development process, use of materials and uniqueness


- Certificate of Participation for participant who has submitted the required materials and present his/her work in the exhibition 
- Best Design Process Award for participant in each category
- Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit for each theme in each category