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The 2015 3D Print Project

Following the success of the Greenpower Project we had a challenge on our hands to come up with a project of the same calibre, but we did it ... with the 3D Print Project.

The KMF Young Engineer of the Year project provided each of the 23 participating high schools with a sponsor, a MakerBot Z18 3D Printer and a challenge to design, print and pitch a gadget.

This project gave the teams a taste of the technology that will be commonplace by the time they pursue careers in industry, as well as testing their business finesse.

The milestone event for this project was 'The Gadget Show meets Dragon's Den'. Teams from each of the schools were selected to display and pitch their gadget at the event, where successful teams earned a place in the final. All teams were exceptional and some of the gadgets on display were considered to be ready for market.

Business Editor of The Sentinel, Ann King reviewed the event and commented: "This is the type of project should be shouted about from the rooftops and businesses should be falling over themselves to be involved."


  • Winners of the 3D Printing Project included the team 'Simplicity 1st' from Painsley Catholic College, whose gadget Easy Egg provided a no-mess solution to cracking an egg.
  • A record 23 of schools across Staffordshire participated.
  • Project engaged with over 3,000 Year 10 students
  • Fantastic team winners and products
  • Schools left with a legacy now built into the curriculum

Painsley Catholic College

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