So You Think You Can Design

So You Think You Can Design (SYTYCD) is a student design competition that has been taking place since 2014. Always looking to push the possibilities, SYTYCD sets contemporary design challenges and encourages the use of prototyping and new technologies.

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Entries close Wednesday 31 October 2018.



Students will design a product that attempts to solve a personal, local or global problem.



1x Digital Poster (A2 size, preferrably as .pdf file)

1x CAD model suitable for 3D printing (optional, as .stl file)



* Name of product

* Description of product

* Inspiration for product 

* Concept sketches showing development of product

* Annotations explaining construction and features of product

* CAD model showing different views of product (optional)



If included the CAD model must be sent as .stl file and be suitable for printing. The model may be a scaled-down example of a larger final design.

DATTA Australia can not solve any model/printing issues so make sure you test it before sending.

We will attempt to print your model and put it on display with your poster.



Open to all primary and secondary students.

All work submitted must be the student's own work (teachers to assist with technical issues and skills only)

Entries must be uploaded to a file sharing website and the links sent to 

Include the student's name, age, school and teacher contact details.

All entries to be submitted by Wednesday October 2018.



DATTA Australia will print posters and CAD models which will be displayed at the DATTA Australia National Conference on 5-8 December 2018. The winners will be announced on the day.



Thanks to our generous sponsors 3D Printing Systems and Picokit, you now need a really good reason NOT to take part!

FIRST PRIZE (Winning Student) - An INVENTOR 1 3D Printer worth $1,450.

                       (Winner's School) - An EMBLASER laser cutter worth $3,700. 

SECOND PRIZE (Student) - A FINDER 3D Printer worth $990.

THIRD PRIZE (Student) - An UP MINI 2 3D Printer worth $950.            



Many thanks to all of our fantastic sponsors Picokit3D Printing Systems and Swinburne University.



  • Is PowerPoint adequate to create a digital poster? Absolutely!
  • What CAD software is best for primary students to use to design a model of their product? Sketchup is free and easy to use (lot's of helpful videos on youtube) but there are lots of other CAD software programs online.
  • Does the model of the product need to be test printed on a 3D printer? You don't have to include a CAD model - but if possible, it would be a good idea to test it before sending. 


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Good luck!