The 2021 "Polymaker Cup" China (International) 3D Printing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, sponsored by Polymaker and hosted by the 3D Printing Service Center of Shanghai Jiaotong University Student Innovation Center, was successfully held, on October 13, 2021. 45 teams showed creative ideas and exquisite design works. After two rounds of preliminary selection and on-site rematch, there are 32 teams made it to the finals.
Polymaker is a well-known name in the 3D printing industry – the company based in Shanghai, develops and manufactures a large variety of materials for material-extrusion based 3D printing. Their products have won multiple awards and are widely used by a large spectrum of professional and industrial users.
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Shanghai Jiao Tong University is a major public research university in China. It is one of China's oldest universities and is a member of the C9 League, standing for top national universities of China. It is also designated a leading institution in the Double First Class University Plan, Project 985, and Project 211.3D Printing Service Center of Shanghai Jiaotong University Student Innovation Center (SIC), integrates diverse disciplines to form an innovative platform driven by industry-leading applications, enabling students to expand their mindset from multiple perspectives through seminars, practice, competitions, etc., to increase practical opportunities and to fully stimulate their creativity.
Applying 3D printing in education has a wide variety of important uses in universities.
3D printing has changed the manufacturing world for the better. Many manufacturers use 3D printing or additive manufacturing technologies to produce airplane parts, prosthetic limbs, and even 3D-printed medications.
In education, 3D printing technologies facilitate improved learning and skills development. 3D printing itself sparks greater creativity and collaboration in solving problems.
“Polymaker has sponsored many university projects around the globe as we always believe that today’s students are the future of additive manufacturing. We were super excited to have sponsored the Competition, and the innovation and creativeness of the student participants are a lasting inspiration to our team. ”—Dr.Xiaofan Luo, CEO of Polymaker
Polymaker shoulders the mission of "Simplify Creation" and takes an active part in promoting the application of 3D printing technology in STEM education. This competition aims to develop students’ interest in 3D printing technology and guide them to combines theory with practice then help them to better use 3D printing technology. The ability to design and physically create small models can be invaluable to students.
There were many outstanding and impressive designs and printed models in the competition, with different sources of inspiration, using various types of 3D printing materials and technologies. From the optimization and upgrading of transportation tools, to the innovation of robot design; from the medical applications to the design of household goods and stationery, the creativity emerges from different aspects, including technology, art, health, and other fields.
Students combine their own inspiration and creativity with 3D printing technology, use 3D printing technology to solve practical problems, and convert creativity into reality, so the concept of future diversity and advanced technology will be integrated and developed together.
The competition has successfully finished and inspired many students about using 3D printing in their learning and research career. Polymaker looks forward to seeing more and more students combine what they have learned with cutting-edge technology to implement the creations.