Homeware Design Challenge

Challenge Product Design

Welcome to PrintLab’s Homeware Design Challenge, where we are giving you the opportunity to design a real retail product for the ōH Foundation store, located in the historic city of Chester in the UK. If your solution is chosen by the ōH Foundation, we’ll work with you to make any necessary refinements and additions before manufacturing and displaying the homeware pieces in the store for a limited period of time – with 80% of sales revenue going directly to you. View the challenge details below and start a free trial to PrintLab today!


Criteria + Constraints

  • The product must be a desirable homeware piece that incorporates at least 1 3D printed component.
  • The product must be 3D printable with no support material.
  • The product should be an object that does not come into direct contact with food.
  • The product when assembled should be no larger than 180x180x180mm.
  • The product must not be designed as a single or short-use product.
  • You may work individually or in a team of up to 5 people.

Challenge Difficulty + Length

  • This challenge is rated as intermediate and is suitable for all those who have moderate-strong skills in 3D design and 3D printing.
  • The estimated time to design a submission is 7+ hours. This may vary depending on the number of iterations you choose to make. We recommend breaking the challenge up into multiple sessions (e.g. 7 x 1 hour sessions), which will allow you to 3D print necessary objects between sessions.

Equipment Required


To participate in this challenge, you will require:

  • A laptop or computer with either Tinkercad or Fusion 360 software (both free for educational and personal use).
  • Access to a 3D printer and 3D printing material.

Additional materials may be required depending on the design you choose to make and the methods you use when developing your solution.

Submission Requirements


In order to for your product to be considered for manufacturing and retail at ōH, you are required to submit the following as a minimum, using the online form on the challenge platform:

  • Description of the product and explanation of the design process.
  • 3 x presentational images that showcase your product. These can be photos of 3D prints or digital renders.
  • STL file of your product.
  • Details on how to manufacture and assemble the product, including materials and 3D print settings used.
  • Suggested retail pricing.

Optional extras that may enhance your submission include:

  • Portfolio or video of the design process.
  • Marketing materials. E.g. A poster that can accompany your product in the store to explain customisation options.

Additional Details


Who can enter the challenge? – Anyone with an active subscription to PrintLab, or anyone who is part of an organisation/school who has a PrintLab subscription.

Is there a deadline for the challenge? – The challenge will remain open for the foreseeable future with no set deadline.

How will you select designs to take forward? – Submissions will be shared with the ōH Foundation as they come in. If the team at ōH see potential in your submission, we will reach out to inform you by email. We’ll then collaborate to make any necessary refinements and additions before manufacturing and displaying the homeware pieces in the store.

How does the commission work? – Homeware pieces will be displayed and sold for an agreed amount of time. At the end of the agreed term, we will share the sales data with you and wire transfer 80% of total revenue. Please note that if students are under the age of 18, the commission will go to their school, teacher, or parent.

Will you own my design? – All rights to the design will remain that of the designer.

2 website screens showing the learning platform for PrintLab's Homeware Design Challenge.

The Learning Platform

The challenge learning platform provides you with a variety of contextual resources, including an interview with ōH's Creative Director, a case study example and design advice/considerations.

2 website screens showing PrintLab's design method toolkit.

The Method Toolkit

As you move through each stage of the project, you can utilise the diverse methods available in the Design Method Toolkit to inspire and guide your creative journey! 

The Outcome

Our teaching methodology is focused around creative freedom. By using various research, design and evaluation methods, you'll create a homeware product that's completely unique!

A website screen showing the teacher instructions for PrintLab's Homeware Design Challenge.

Teacher Resources

With our education licenses, you can generate a share link to give your students access to the challenge learning platform. Each section of the platform also has a teacher instructions tab, which provides you with step-by-step lesson plan instructions, curriculum alignment resources and an assessment rubric.


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