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Stratasys Contest Seeks 3D Printing Design Ideas

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Stratasys Contest Seeks 3D Printing Design Ideas

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Stratasys, Ltd., a 3D printing equipment and materials manufacturer, recently launched its annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge, which awards winners with scholarship money.

Stratasys, whose U.S. headquarters is in Eden Prairie, requires contest applicants to use computer-aided design (CAD) software (software that allows the user to create 2D and 3D blueprints) to design or redesign a product that improves how a task is accomplished.

Stratasys Marketing Specialist Kim Killoran told Twin Cities Business that the contest is a way for Stratasys to build brand recognition and to foster student interest and involvement in design and 3D printing.

According to Killoran and the Stratasys' contest website, the company is seeking product ideas that have a "sound mechanical design"; are creatively designed; present a twist on a current piece of art, architecture, or engineered product; and have a specific and achievable purpose.

The 2014 contest is open to three categories of applicants: middle- and high-school engineering students, college engineering students, and art and architecture students (in middle-school, high- school, and college). This year's "bonus category" is "Extreme Sports," in which Stratasys requests designs for products that would be useful during a sporting activity.

Each contest submission (from an individual student or a team of two) must include a stereolithography file of the product idea, a 200-word-or-more written description, and/or a 30-second video description of the product. The description must explain the product design or redesign, what purpose the product serves or what problem the product addresses, and why it improves upon an existing solution. For complete contest rules, click here.

Entrants have until February 6 to submit their ideas. In March, Stratasys will select 10 finalists in each of the three categories from the applicant pool. In April, a panel of independent industry judges will choose three winners among the finalists from each category. Stratasys awards the first place winners from each category with $2,500 in scholarship money; meanwhile, second and third place winners receive $1,000 in scholarship money. …

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