Students compete in Formula 3D

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It might have been the British Grand Prix at the weekend, but students from across Milton Keynes were preparing for a race of their own last week.

Racing in the Formula 3D Print Challenge, teams of youngsters were tasked with designing their own slot cars for ‘The 24 minutes of Le Mans’, in association with 3D Print World in Aylesbury.

Denbigh School

Denbigh School

The bespoke cars were then put into action on the 18-metre long circuit, fully equipped with overtaking opportunities, fuel management and full racing sounds.

Students from St Paul’s, Milton Keynes Academy, Denbigh, Walton High, Sir Herbert Leon and Ousedale all took part on Thursday.

Martyn Dyckhoff, Director of 3D Print World Aylesbury said: “We feel that one of the greatest sins of School Challenges would be to be boring. When we started looking at 3D Printing Challenges we couldn’t help but notice that the most exciting projects on offer were a USB stick cover, an ear bud (earphone wire organiser) or a keyring - be still my beating heart!

“So we came up with the idea of designing a new bodyshell for Scalextric track – and then racing the cars in a competition between local schools.

St Paul's with their trophies

St Paul's with their trophies

“We held the Inaugural Race Day last year – and it was every bit as good as we thought it would be with every student and teacher wanting to take part again,”