The Additive Manufacturing sector is growing along with the rapid emergence of new and innovative 3D Printing, Scanning, and Forming. Resulting in increased industry use flow into the education and research sectors.

3DGBIRE and Create Education are supporting and managing the WorldSkills UK´s Additive Manufacturing Competition sponsored by Autodesk, UltiMaker, and Shining 3D.

This competition focuses on all the essential requirements for a successful career in Additive Manufacturing specialising in CAD software design, alongside FDM 3D Printing and 3D scanning. Competitors will be tested on their performance using innovative Additive Manufacturing skills to prototype and produce 3D models and products.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Numerical skills

  • Communication skills

  • Technical knowledge and expertise

  • Methodical

  • Accuracy

  • Attention to detail

  • Problem solving

  • Team working

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Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition.
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation. However, if more than two competitors from an organisation score high enough to qualify for the finals, only the top two from that organisation will be invited to take part in the final.
  • The competition is intended for those studying, training and/or working towards a relevant programme of study in 3D Computer Aided Design and Additive. Manufacturing at Level 3 or beyond.
  • Anyone studying in a Sixth Form, Further Education setting, Higher Education setting, or are studying Post-16 Apprenticeships at a Level 3 or above can enter.
  • This is an open competition and no industry experience is needed; competitors should have a maximum of five years’ experience, inclusive of training in a mechanical engineering working environment.

How it works

Registrations are now open and close midnight 28th March 2024.

The Entry Stage will be an online task aimed at challenging and assessing your knowledge of general and some specific topics of Additive manufacturing.

The test is sent to competitors when they register, competitors have one hour once logged in to complete the test.

The final deadline for the entry stage to be completed is 26th April 2024.

Qualifier stage starts in May 2024.

Provisional dates for Regional qualifiers

  • Northern Ireland – Week commencing 20th May 2024
  • Scotland – 29th May 2024
  • South West – Week commencing 10th June 2024
  • South East – Week commencing 10th June 2024
  • North West – Week commencing 17th June 2024
  • North East – Week commencing 17th June 2024

To help finalists prepare ahead of the UK Final, we will provide relevant technical training and share mindset development techniques, to support them to remain focused on achieving success.

National finals will take place between the 18th-22nd November 2024 in Manchester (venues TBC).

Looking beyond the National finals, there are a host of opportunities for competitors. Age-eligible competitors who show the highest level of skills, passion, and drive to
compete will be invited to train for the EuroSkills and WorldSkills international competitions.

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