TCT are delighted to be collaborating with the Sanjay Mortimer Foundation to present the Sanjay Mortimer Foundation Rising Star Award. In its inaugural year, this award will recognise an up-and-coming neurodivergent young person who has the potential to contribute greatly towards the engineering Industry.

The winning entrant will receive a Prusa 3D printer to help support their journey into Engineering, plus the opportunity to apply to become an SMF Star, providing access to grants, training and more.

About the Sanjay Mortimer Foundation

Neurodivergent minds have been shown to be associated with creativity, innovation, and risk-taking, all of which are critical skills for engineers to tackle the challenges of the future. Despite this, they remain highly underrepresented in engineering degrees, which makes them significantly less likely to enter engineering careers. The SMF aims to help these neurodiverse individuals, interested in engineering and making, realise where their talents and strengths lie. Enabling them to shape their perceived belief in their engineering abilities, thus building self-esteem and increasing interest in engineering. Find out more about the SMF at

Who can enter the SMF Rising Star Award

 To qualify, the following criteria must be met:
 A young person between the age of 15-25 years old.
 Resident in United Kingdom.
 Must be neurodivergent.
 Must find enjoyment from engineering &/or making, in this case, specifically 3D Printing.

SMF Rising Star Award Judging Criteria

The SMF‘s Mission is:

“To find and assist those with neurodivergent minds to realise their potential through engineering and making”.

The foundation was born after the loss of Sanjay Mortimer – E3D’s Visionary. Sanjay was very open about his ADHD and the struggles it brought him. He found traditional teaching methods challenging and used making & engineering as an outlet, a place to escape. Sanjay thrived in this environment where his creative mind could be let loose to innovate, take risks, and make.

The judges will be looking for candidates who find enjoyment, creativity, and/or an outlet in 3D printing. They’d like to understand how each candidate discovered 3D printing and the extent of their passion for it. When they print, where they print, do they own a printer, do they use one at university, work or attend Makerspaces? What it would mean to the candidate if they were to win this Prusa 3D printer and if they have any exciting plans for what they would do with it?

The more information they can give us to show that supporting them, would be supporting the SMF Mission, the better.


Entry to the Sanjay Mortimer Foundation Rising Star Award 2023 is now closed. 

The Winner will be announced on 7th June 2023 at the TCT Awards Ceremony!