SA Teacher? Encourage Students to Enter the Royal Adelaide Show 3D Printing Competitions

Makers Empire is partnering with The Royal Adelaide Show to host 3D printing competitions for junior and senior South Australian students to encourage the development of excellence in technological fields.

The Royal Adelaide Show has a significant competitive section devoted to the development of excellence in technological fields. Working closely with several key organisations specialising in student-based technology and agricultural programs, classes and competitions cover submarines, F1, 3D printing, Material Technology (woodwork, metalwork etc.) photography and experimental design.

New in 2022, exhibitors and Show visitors will be able to view all the fantastic entries on display in the lower level of the Stirling Angus Pavilion.

Entries close in July and entries are exhibited and judged in September during the Royal Show.

SA teacher or school leader? Learn more about the competitions and encourage your students to enter for the chance to win prizes.

Important Dates

  • 1-30 June: Space to Dream is Makers Empire’s competition of the month in the Makers Empire 3D design app. Please note that entering via the Makers Empire app only gains you entry into the Makers Empire competition. To enter the Royal Adelaide Show competition entries must be also submitted through the Royal Show website.
  • Friday 15 July: entries must be submitted through the Royal Show website by 5pm CST
  • Wednesday 31 August: Deliver 3D printed designs from 9am – 4pm to the Stirling Angus Pavilion – Lower Level
  • Thursday 2 September: Judging of entries by Makers Empire
  • Tuesday 13 September: collect of 3D printed designs from 9.00 am to 3pm


  • Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category: 1st Prize will receive $50, 2nd Prize $5 and 3rd Prize Card.
  • Will be presented to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in each category.
  • All entries are due by Friday 15 July 2022 and must be submitted through the website by 5pm CST
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  • 3D objects and printed documentation must be delivered to the Showground on Wednesday 31 August 2022 between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm. Please note that all exhibits must have their exhibit card attached and be delivered with the List of Entries slip that will be provided prior to delivery day.
  • This competition is restricted to students in Years 3 -12
  • Entry is $4.50 per entry.
  • Exhibitors may not submit more than one entry per category.
  • Projects will be displayed during the Show. Where space is limited only prize-winning projects may be displayed.
  • Use a 3D printer and relevant computer-aided design program and any suitable 3D printing material.
  • All entries must be original student designs. Adult assistance with the 3D printing of designs is permitted.
  • Provide in hard copy a cover sheet with your name, year level, the school you attend and an image of your submission.
  • Include a 50-100 word description of your design for junior classes.
  • Applicants may submit only one entry per category.
  • Objects such as guns or slingshots will not be accepted.
  • Participation is open to all primary and secondary school students from all sectors (Department for Education, independent and Catholic Schools).
  • A panel of independent judges from Makers Empire will be the final judges.
  • The competition is an individual competition – group entries will not be accepted.
  • Participants need to supply a 3D Model which may be retained by Makers Empire. Exhibitors will be notified if their exhibit will be retained prior to the collection date.
  • Entries will be judged based on the 3D model and accompanying descriptions.
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