The Nanyang Additive Manufacturing Centre (NAMC), part of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, is looking to focus on developing — and sustaining — a skilled global 3D printing and additive manufacturing workforce. To this end and in line with this objective the organization has established the Singapore International 3D Printing Competitions to promote awareness and showcase the potential capabilities of 3D Printing as an enabler technology for various applications. NAMC is proffering an open invitation to everyone — worldwide — to take part.
Two competitions were opened on the 1st August, and participants have until the end of the month to submit entries in two specific categories.
The first is the 2013 Singapore International Abacus 3D Printing Competition with the following design brief:
“With just beads on rods, it can be used to count, add, subtract, multiply and more. The abacus has been around for thousands of years, and is still in used as an education tool. We are seeking a design for an abacus meant to showcase the historical and engineering excellence of this device.”
And then there is the 2013 Singapore International Fashion 3D Printing Competition. The fashion industry is slowly beginning to take 3D printing seriously as an enabling technology/production method for the sector. Some notable pioneers have been leading the way, Iris van Herpen in Europe, Melinda Looi in Malaysia and more recently Yuima Nakazato in Japan. The design brief for this competition states:
“NTU will develop Five Peaks of Excellence namely Sustainable Earth, New Media, Future Healthcare, New Silk Road and Innovation Asia. Sustainable Earth is identified as the “peak of peaks” under the Five Peaks of Excellence. NTU takes a comprehensive approach to water issues and takes up leadership position in environment and water technologies research. In this competition, we seek attractive fashion designs which are water-inspired, created using 3D printing technologies, to embody the spirit of sustainable earth.”
More detailed rules and information about these competitions can be found at the source link. It’s definitely worth taking a look with a first prize of $10,000.