Stratasys recently announced the kickoff of its 2013 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge, which is conducted in partnership with Edison Nation, an online inventor community that operates the TV Show “Everyday Edisons.”
Now in its ninth year, the contest invites middle school, high school and college students worldwide to submit new product designs, redesigns of existing products or original or redesigned works of art or architecture for a chance to win scholarship money. The company reports that college engineering students have extra incentive because finalists will have their designs reviewed by Edison Nation, a matchmaker between inventors and manufacturers looking to commercialize new products. If a design fits an existing need and meets requirements, the finalist will be considered for a licensing agreement.
As in prior years, Stratasys will award nine student winners either $2,500 or $1,000 scholarships in the categories of Middle School and High School Engineering, College Engineering, and Art & Architecture. Designs are awarded based on creativity, usefulness, part integrity and aesthetics. Each submission must be a sound mechanical design, be realistic and achievable, and include a clear written description of the design.
Instructors of the three first-place student winners will receive an Apple iPad for use in the classroom. This year’s contest will also feature the award category, “Engineering a Difference,” in which students may compete for a bonus prize. Students whose designs are aimed at solving a great societal challenge will have a chance to win a $250 gift card.