Stratasys accepts entries for the 2017 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge

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Stratasys has officially launched the 13th Annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge with a formal call for entries.

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According to the 3D printing giant, this year’s challenge is fully supported by the power of GrabCAD – the market’s premier digital manufacturing hub – helping designers and engineers to build products faster by linking people, content and technology.

The challenge invites scholars across a range of disciplines, including engineering, design, and art, jewellery and architecture, to create an original piece – or redesign an existing work – leveraging the power of 3D printing.

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.

The contest requires all designs to be mechanically sound, realistic and achievable, with entries to be judged based on mechanical design, design creativity, product usefulness, aesthetics (art, jewellery and architecture category) and compelling description.

Stratasys has awarded more than $140,000 in scholarships since the annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge started 13 years ago.

According to the company, this year’s event will see first-place winners in every category receive $2,500 scholarships. Second place winners will receive $1,000 scholarships, with the top 10 submissions in each category to earn a Stratasys apparel item (value up to $50) and a 3D printed model of their design.

Additionally, all teams and individuals will receive an official Extreme Redesign T-Shirt.

“Critical to this year’s event is the support of GrabCAD – consistently making life 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. Over the years, GrabCAD has hosted 100s of engineering and design challenges with companies such as GE, NASA, and Microtechnologies, as well as Stratasys Education, Stratasys Medical and MakerBot,” the company said in a statement.

“For the second year running, the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centres (NCATC) is also bestowing 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.”

If you are interested in becoming part of this year’s exciting event, visit the Extreme Redesign Page on the Stratasys Website or go directly to GrabCAD.