make:able 3D Printing Challenge



make:able centers around an online challenge toolkit for students, together with a teacher’s guide and lesson plans for educators. During their make:able journey, students will work in teams and use the online toolkit to:

  • Learn about disabilities, assistive technology and 3D printing from industry experts.
  • Gain creative inspiration from stories and example solutions.
  • Build technical 3D design skills in free Autodesk software.
  • Find a meaningful challenge in their local community or online.
  • Use human-centred worksheets and activities to develop empathy for their end user.
  • Use design-thinking methods to identify opportunities and generate ideas.
  • Make, test and refine a 3D printed product through an iterative process.
  • Tell their story through a work portfolio.
  • Experience in 3D design and 3D printing is not required. A set of preliminary activities are available for teachers and students to gain all the necessary skills to take on the make:able challenge.
  • The make:able challenge is open to all students aged 18 and under and can be run within design and technology or STEM lessons, after-school programs, workshops or even as part of distance and remote learning strategies. By signing up to Make:able, educators will receive access to the challenge toolkit, together with a full teacher’s pack with professional development resources, guidance and standards-aligned lesson plans for various teaching formats, timeframes, age groups and abilities.
1 November 2020 - 1 April 2021
Free of charge
  • Ages 6 - 18
Unlimited capacity

Awards & Winners

Entries will be judged by an expert panel in April 2021 and a range of prizes including 3D printers will be delivered to winning teams.
The challenge is for all students 18 and under. Parents and organizations other than schools are also welcome to enter children into the challenge.

List of materials

  • 3D printed output is encouraged but if this is not possible, alternative methods may be used (e.g. hand-modelling)
  • Tinkercad or Fusion 360 software

Hints & Tips

  • A physical prototype must be created. A 3D printed output is encouraged but if this is not possible, alternative methods may be used (e.g. hand-modelling). Additionally, 3D printing can be combined with other materials and processes, such as electronics, to create the product.

  • The design process must include the use of either Tinkercad or Fusion 360 software and the digital 3D model produced should be 3D printable.

  • Students may work in teams of up to 5 people in the same age category.