Stratasys is now on its 10th Annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge, in which middle school, high school and college-level students from all over the world are invited to redesign existing products or design, from scratch, new products that improve how some task might be accomplished. The contest is reaching its conclusion with the top-10 finalists in each category having been announced — all will receive a 3D printed model of their design and a $50 gift card.
Among the top-10 finalists in the categories of middle school/high school engineering, college engineering and art/architecture are such redesigns as the “Rabidus Arachnid-Mechanical Spider” from a college student in Canada, “Straggling Laces” from Carrie Groskopf and
Eric Reid (pictured to the right), “A World of Peace” from an elementary school student in California, and a “Downhill Mountain Bike Seat” from a high schooler in Connecticut. Next, the students’ projects will have to be judged “based on creativity, being mechanically sound and being realistically achievable” from a panel of industry experts:
- Todd Grimm (President, T.A. Grimm & Associates)
- Patrick Gannon (Engineering Manager, Thogus/RP+M)
- Tim Shinbara (Technical Director, Association for Manufacturing Technology)
- Rachel Park (Editor-In-Chief, 3D Printing Industry)
You may recognize that last name, the harshest critic of all. Beware students, 3DPI’s editor once deleted an entire paragraph describing a parent analyzing their child’s boogers for disease using a smartphone microscope. If your project meets her standards, as well as those of the other pre-eminent judges, you may be privy to the first place prize of $2,500 or the second and third place prizes of $1,000. And, for the lucky instructor of the first prize student, you’ll have limited time access to a demo 3D printer for classroom use.
Now in its 10th year, the Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge has given Stratasys the opportunity to award more than $100,000 in scholarships. Last year saw the inventors of a multi-purpose dish rack and a pair of glasses that grow from a seed, among other things, receive awards to further inspire their ingenuity and creative talents. This year, we hope to see even more young engineers and designers recognized for their awesome skills. And, with Rachel as a judge, they are sure to be some good ones. For more information on the contest, head on over to the Stratasys website.