It’s that time of year again! For the 13th year running, the annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge started by Stratasys will run until March 9, 2017. Stratasys have announced a formal call for entries from students worldwide. Building on the success of previous contests, this year’s challenge is fully supported by GrabCAD – the market’s premier digital manufacturing hub, helping designers and engineers build products faster by linking people, content and technology.

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Extreme Redesign Challenge. Image: Stratasys

Open to innovative students worldwide, the Extreme Redesign Challenge invites scholars across the disciplines of engineering, design, and art, jewelry and architecture to create an original piece – or redesign an existing work – using the power of 3D printing. All designs should prove mechanically sound, realistic and achievable. Submissions are analyzed and judged based on:

  • Mechanical design
  • Design creativity
  • Product usefulness
  • Aesthetics (art, jewelry and architecture category)
  • Compelling description

Individuals or design teams are asked to create entries using 3D CAD software, sign up for a free GrabCAD Community account, and then submit files in STL format through the GrabCAD Challenge platform – along with a description highlighting the design’s value and benefit. Deadline to submit across the following categories is March 9, 2017:

  • Engineering: Secondary Education (middle/high school)
  • Engineering: Post-Secondary (university, college, or post-secondary)
  • Art, Jewelry & Architecture (any grade level)

Extreme Redesign Challenge Prizes

More than $140,000 in scholarships have been awarded by Stratasys since the contest first began 13 years ago. For this year’s event, first-place winners in every category will receive $2,500 (USD) scholarships. Instructors of first-place students also benefit from a demo 3D printer in their classroom for a limited time. Second place winners receive $1,000 (USD) scholarships. The top 10 entries in each category earn a Stratasys apparel item (value up to $50 USD) and a 3D printed model of their design. All teams and individuals additionally will receive an official Extreme Redesign T-Shirt.

For the second year running, the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) is also awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a winning entry in the post-secondary engineering category for an NCATC member school. NCATC is a network of higher education resources promoting use of technology applications to enhance economic and workforce development programs and services.

Extreme Redesign Challenge

Image: GrabCAD

The support of GrabCAD is vital to this year’s event, as the platform makes the design process much easier for product designers, engineers, students, and manufacturing professionals. Since 2010, millions of engineers have made the GrabCAD Community their own by sharing CAD files and design tips, participating in design challenges, or downloading free CAD models to avoid starting from scratch.

To find out more about the contest rules and how to enter, head over to the website.

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