The 11th annual 3D printing design challenge, hosted by Stratasys, is open to engineering, art and architecture students all over the world. Prizes will be awarded to entries from middle and high school students, college age students and for any age-range student in the category of art or architecture.
The Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge invites students to create new products, redesign an existing product or use 3D printing to change the way a task or manufacturing process is accomplished. All entries need to be mechanically sound, be manufacturable or be achievable and realistic. Judges will evaluate entries based on mechanical design and part integrity, compelling description essay or video, design creativity, product usefulness and in the art category, it’s about aesthetics.
Students or two-person teams must create their designs using CAD software, and all final entries must be submitted in .STL format. Entries must be accompanied by a written description of 200 words or more and/or a 30-second video about the design. All entries must be submitted to Stratasys by Feb 11th 2015. There will be prizes awarded to student winners in three categories, Engineering: Secondary Education (middle school & high school), Engineering: Post-Secondary (university or college) and Art or architecture.
A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to first place winners in every category. Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to second and third place winners in all categories, while the top ten entries in each category will receive a piece of Stratasys clothing valued up to $50. All regional finalists will receive their design 3D printed, and everyone who enters will get a t shirt.
As a new prize this year, the winner in the Post-Secondary category will win an all expenses paid trip to a 3D printing conference in 2015. The show location hasn’t been selected yet but will most likely be chosen based on the winner’s country of origin. The instructor of each 1st place student will receive limited time access to a demo 3D printer for classroom use, and other top students will win tablet computers for their instructors.
Stratasys is one of the largest 3D printing companies in the world, and they sell 3D printers on just about every continent. In the last ten years of holding their design challenge they have awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to students in nations like Canada, China and the US.
You can find out more about the Stratasys Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge, including the full rules and entry guidelines, here.