Stratasys, a global leader in 3D printing and additive solutions, materials and services, has announced the winners of its 13th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. In the competition, secondary and college-level students are tasked with creating or improving a product to fulfill an unmet need. This year, winning entries include prosthetic devices, practical tools and original artwork prototypes that are “mechanically sound, realistically achievable and highly creative.” The competition was co-hosted by GrabCAD, an online community of over 2 million designs for 3D printing and other digital manufacturing methods. GrabCAD also makes CAD to print slicing software used in Stratasys/Objet machines. Winners were decided by a panel of judges with specialist experience in 3D printing. “3D printing has the potential to transform industries – truly revolutionizing how things are made,” said judge Gina Scala, Director of Marketing Global Education at Stratasys. “Our Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge regularly highlights the most significant student innovations achieved with 3D printing, led by the intellect of young minds. This year, we received some of the strongest entries in the contest’s 10-plus-year history. These winners truly represent the ‘best of the best’ in student creativity and design.”
$2,500 scholarship winners
A first-place $2,500 scholarship in the Secondary Education category was won by a Biomimetic Robotic Prosthetic Hand designed by Grayson Galisky from Los Alamitos High School in California, that takes advantage of biomechanics to achieve a higher level of dexterity. The finished object is comprised of over 50 individual .stl files, and makes use of multi-material 3D printing capabilities. In Post-Secondary Education, Thomas Salverson won first place with the design of a reusable/modular Arm Cast. Designed to replace typical plaster/fibreglass casts, Salverson’s ARM is made from ABS and can be easily scaled to fit different sizes. In the Art, Architecture, and Design category, University of Oxford student Daniel Fahy earned first place with the design of an Intricate Flower Centerpiece. Using a gear-operated enclosure, Fahy’s centrepiece creates dynamic shadows when a candle is added at the centre.
$1,000 scholarship winners
Second place winners were Connor Meehan from Saline High School, MI, for his Bi-Directional Ratchet design, Matthew Wong-Chun-Sen and Luis Carvalheiro of Ryerson University in Toronto for their Fenderlock, and Sergey Kuznetsov of St. Petersburg, with an artfully designed Armenian Cross Stone. Jacob Haynes of Danville Community College, also won an award from the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC). Hayne designed a Universal Tablet Holder for Phantom Drone and was awarded a $1,000 with other second place winners.
The next annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge from Stratasys will open on October 6, 2017.