Top 10 Finalists Announced in Extreme Redesign Contest by Dimension 3D Printing

Awards will exceed the $100,000 mark in scholarships since the contest’s inception

MINNEAPOLIS — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 15, 2012Stratasys Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS) today announced the finalists for its Dimension brand’s eighth annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. The global contest encourages students to submit an innovative product design, a redesign of an existing product, or an original work of art or architecture.

Dimension 3D Printing will award each of 3 student winners $2,500 or $1,000 scholarships in the categories of middle school and high school engineering, college engineering, and art & architecture. A list of the top 10 finalists and their school names can be found at: Dimension 2012 Finalists.

Designs are awarded based on creativity, usefulness, part integrity and aesthetics. Instructors of the three first-place student winners will receive an Apple iPad for use in the classroom. With this year’s awards, the contest will exceed the $100,000 mark in scholarships granted since the contest’s inception.

Each submission is required to:

  • be a sound mechanical design (Engineering category)
  • be realistic and achievable
  • include a clear written description of the design

This year’s contest also features a bonus award category: Students who incorporated a school-spirit theme into their designs will have a chance to win a $250 gift card.

From the 10 finalists in each category, a panel of independent judges from industry and the engineering media will select the winners this spring. This year's judges are David Mantey, Editor at Product Design & Development magazine, Ian Kovacevich, VP of Engineering at Enventys, LLC, Patrick Gannon, Engineering Manager at rp+m (a Thogus partner), and Todd Grimm, Editor at

For video, photos, and descriptions of previous winning designs, visit Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. For contest rules and regulations, visit ER Rules & Regulations.

Dimension, a brand of 3D printers by Stratasys, offers computer-aided-design (CAD) users a low-cost, networked alternative for building functional 3D models from the desktop. The 3D printer builds models layer-by-layer using ABS plastic, one of the most widely used thermoplastics in today’s injection-molded products. 3D printing allows users to evaluate design concepts and test models for form, fit and function. Online at:

Stratasys Inc., Minneapolis, is a maker of additive-manufacturing machines for prototyping and producing plastic parts. The company markets under the brands uPrint and Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus Production 3D Printers. The company also operates RedEye On Demand, a digital-manufacturing service for prototypes and production parts. Stratasys manufactures 3D printers for Hewlett Packard, which it sells under the brand Designjet3D. In 2011 Stratasys acquired 3D printer maker Solidscape Inc. According to Wohlers Report 2011, Stratasys had a 41-percent market share in 2010, and has been the unit market leader for the ninth consecutive year. Stratasys patented and owns the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®) process. The process creates functional prototypes and manufactured goods directly from any 3D CAD program, using high-performance industrial thermoplastics. The company holds more than 285 granted or pending additive-manufacturing patents globally. Stratasys products are used in the aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, business and industrial equipment, education, architecture, and consumer-product industries. Online at:

FDM, Dimension, Fortus, uPrint and Stratasys are registered trademarks of Stratasys Inc.
Fused Deposition Modeling is a trademark of Stratasys Inc.

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