Fully supported by the GrabCAD community, globally-recognized contest highlights the power of student innovation made possible with additive manufacturing
MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 20, 2018 — Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, today officially unveiled the winners of the 2018 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge: its globally-recognized contest empowering students to explore and demonstrate 3D printing innovation. Now in its 14th year, the challenge judged submissions from hundreds of student inventors, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs.
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Thomas Salverson of the University of Alabama in Huntsville took first place in the “Engineering – Post Secondary Education” category of the 2018 Stratasys Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge (Photo: Business Wire)
Co-hosted by GrabCAD and the extensive GrabCAD Community, this year’s Extreme Redesign event challenged students to either redesign an existing product, create a new product that improves how tasks are accomplished, or design an original work of art or architecture – leveraging advanced 3D printing technology. Closely evaluated by a respected panel of noted industry authorities, submissions are analyzed on their ability to be mechanically sound, realistically achievable and significantly creative.
“For 14 years, our Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge has highlighted the best of the best in student 3D printing innovation,” said Gina Scala, Director of Marketing, Global Education, Stratasys. “Our contest empowers students to tap into 3D printing to design and create in ways previously not possible. Each year, we welcome submissions from both new and familiar faces – always innovating and always improving designs year-upon-year. And while judges were impressed by all entries, these winners truly reflect an elite level of student creativity and design.”
Entrants in the 2018 contest leveraged the GrabCAD Community Challenge platform to submit works across such major categories as: Engineering – Secondary Education (middle/high school); Engineering – Post-Secondary (university, college, or post-secondary); Art, Architecture, Jewelry and Design (any grade level); and the NCATC Member School Category. Top scholarship winners for 2018 include:
Engineering – Secondary Education
- First Place: Nail Shield, Brenner Kar and Jake Klahorst, Grand Haven High School, MI
- Second Place: Circular Centerpiece 3x3, Paul Sperling, Newberg Senior High School, OR
Engineering – Post-Secondary Education
- First Place: Adjustable Ratchet Wrench, Thomas Salverson of AL, attending The University of Alabama in Huntsville
- Second Place: Modular Hydroelectric Generator, Jacob Koch of IA, attending Iowa State University
Art, Architecture, Jewelry and Design
- First Place: Corallo Jewelry, Paride Stella of Pescara Italy, attending Gabriele d'Annunzio University
- Second Place: Table Lamp, Jade Akim of WI, attending Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
- Multipurpose Cooking Utensil, Kaylee Spears, Myles Archambeau, and Chase Brokaw of MI, attending Mott Community College
All entrants were closely evaluated and judged by leaders in consulting, engineering, manufacturing, and education, including:
- Todd Grimm, President, T.A. Grimm and Associates
- Diana Foster, Manufacturing Engineer II, Harris Corporation
- Michael Block, CEO, Elite Additive
- Ryan Erickson, Cedar Park STEM School, District 196, Apple Valley, MN
Stratasys is bestowing a $2,500 scholarship on first-place winners, with second-place winners receiving $1,000 scholarships. Instructors of first-place entrants also receive a demo 3D printer for classroom use during a limited time. The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) winner is awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
For an inside look at project submissions, photos and videos, please visit the GrabCAD Challenge webpage. The 2019 contest will kick off in October 2018.
Stratasys is a global leader in applied additive technology solutions for industries including Aerospace, Automotive, Healthcare, Consumer Products and Education. For nearly 30 years, a deep and ongoing focus on customers’ business requirements has fueled purposeful innovations — 1,200 granted and pending additive technology patents to date — that create new value across product lifecycle processes, from design prototypes to manufacturing tools and final production parts. The Stratasys 3D printing ecosystem of solutions and expertise — advanced materials; software with voxel level control; precise, repeatable and reliable FDM and PolyJet 3D printers; application-based expert services; on-demand parts and industry-defining partnerships — works to ensure seamless integration into each customer’s evolving workflow. Fulfilling the real-world potential of additive, Stratasys delivers breakthrough industry-specific applications that accelerate business processes, optimize value chains and drive business performance improvements for thousands of future-ready leaders. Corporate headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel. Online at: www.stratasys.com, http://blog.stratasys.com and LinkedIn.
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