Siemens invites engineers to transform their big design ideas into 3D reality and win some industry prizes.

A highlight of the upcoming Engineers Australia Convention 2014, the Siemens 3D Challenge is being organised by Siemens Australia to challenge and reward the creativity of up and coming engineers by transforming their dream designs into 3D reality.

The winner will receive a new 3DSystems Cube X 3D printer valued at $3700 while all the winning entries from both the individual and team entries will be professionally printed on an SLS 3D production printer and exhibited on the Siemens stand at the convention.

Siemens Australia CEO Jeff Connolly explains that the Siemens 3D Challenge recognises the importance of 3D printing to the digitalisation of the product development process as the world enters the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).

Siemens PLM software is the cornerstone of numerous cutting edge digital design projects ranging from NASA’s Curiosity Rover on Mars to the latest Red Bull Racing Formula One car.

Engineers Australia CEO Stephen Durkin said the Siemens 3D Challenge added a unique element to the convention. Observing that engineering has such a huge impact on society, he added that the possibilities of 3D printing and additive manufacturing make this challenge one of the highlights of the biggest engineering event in the southern hemisphere.

Open to individuals or teams, the competition challenges contestants to submit a design in one of the following four categories:

  1. Sustainable energy: Demonstrating energy processes and practices that conserve resources, don’t pollute and are economically sensible.
  2. Future of manufacturing: Designing and producing products with higher standards, fewer resources and adaptable methods.
  3. Intelligent infrastructure: Future-proofing power distribution, grid security, mobility solutions and building technologies.
  4. Digitalisation: Merging the physical and virtual worlds to touch every aspect of our daily lives.

Designs will be judged by a panel of experts based on creativity, originality and functionality.

The competition closes on November 14. Entries can be made online at