MINNEAPOLIS — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 11, 2010 — Dimension 3D Printing, a brand of Stratasys Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS), today announced the winners in its sixth annual “Extreme Redesign” challenge.
Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge, is a global design-and- 3D-printing contest and scholarship for high school and college students. The three category winners and Green Bonus winner were selected from an international pool of entries by a panel of experts from within the design and engineering fields. Designs fall into one of three categories: High School, University, and Art and Architecture. The three first place category winners will receive $2,500. The remaining finalists will each receive $1,000 scholarships. In addition to the student scholarships, each instructor of a first-place winning student will receive a laptop computer for use in the classroom.
This year’s contest also features a new “Green Bonus.” This award will recognize one student whose design best displays innovation in areas such as energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The Green Bonus winner will receive a $250 gift card.
High School Category
The goal of his design, “Electricity Usage Meter,” is to create a monitoring device that displays the amount of electricity a household electrical appliance uses. The device is solar powered and has two functions. The first function displays the amount of electricity an appliance uses in kilowatt-hours, while the second function records how many kilowatts the appliance has used over a 24-hour period.
The goal of his design, “Robo-Prosthetic Development Platform,” is to create an adaptable platform to aid in the development of prosthetic systems for the human hand. The 3D assembly snaps together forming smoothly sliding joints capable of handling every day objects. Intended to perform as a completely flexible test bed, the hand is capable of utilizing custom circuit boards and sensors integrated directly into each of the individual phalanges as well as the swapping of entire finger assemblies through standard mounting points.
Art and Architecture Category
The goal of his design, “Roy,” is to create an improved, human-like, character for use in stop-motion film. Traditional stop-motion films have used characters made from clay or other moldable materials. Roy is made of ABS plastic and can be quickly articulated to mimic the motions of a human being.
The goal of his design, “Highway Wind Turbine” is to create a wind turbine system that captures wind energy from moving vehicles. Paddles are mounted above lanes of traffic and the wind from passing cars and trucks spin the paddles, transferring the energy to streetlights and power plants.
“Congratulations to our 2009-2010 winners, whose impressive entries represent a remarkably broad range of concepts from across the design spectrum – from animation to prosthetics,” said Jon Cobb, Stratasys global vice president of marketing. “A special congratulations to our first-ever Green Bonus winner. As an organization committed to developing ever more environmentally-friendly products, Dimension is eager to make this award part of the competition. Stay tuned for the launch of the 2010-2011 contest in the coming months.”
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 printers build models layer-by-layer using ABS plastic, one of the most widely used thermoplastics in today’s injection-molded products. Dimension 3D printers allow users to evaluate design concepts and test models for form, fit, and function. Online at: www.DimensionPrinting.com.
Stratasys, Inc., Minneapolis, manufactures additive fabrication
machines for prototyping and manufacturing plastic parts under the
brands Fortus 3D Production Systems and Dimension 3D Printers. The
company also operates RedEye On Demand, an online service for part
prototyping and production. According to Wohlers Report 2009, Stratasys
supplied 43 percent of all additive fabrication systems installed
worldwide in 2008, making it the unit market leader for the seventh
consecutive year. Stratasys patented and owns the process known as FDM.®
The process creates functional prototypes and manufactured goods
directly from any 3D CAD program, using high-performance industrial
thermoplastics. The company holds more than 250 granted or pending
additive fabrication patents globally. Stratasys products are used in
the aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, business & industrial
equipment, education, architecture, and consumer-product industries.