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ASME Student Challenge: Engineer a 3D Printed Drone Attachment for Agriculture

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Agriculture is one of the major industries in Pennsylvania. Drones, can be used, for example to survey land or assist with pest/weed control.

The goal of the challenge is to create a 3D printable drone attachment to assist with the agriculture process. The agriculture process could include crop farming, dairy farming, or animal management. The drone could be used for surveying land or spreading seed.

With the many new 3D printing manufacturing techniques, there are no restrictions on part manufacturability. This opens up a new world for organic and complex part shapes that could not be machined or molded from plastic with traditional manufacturing methods. Additionally, designs that had to be created as multiple parts for traditional manufacturing purposes can now be single parts that can be 3D printed.

With new generative design technology there is an easy way to optimize and transform traditional designs or otherwise prismatic parts into beautiful, unique and functional components. Optimization is also a way to reduce the strain on the environment by using less material and producing less waste.

Your challenge is to create a 3D printable drone attachment to assist with the agriculture process or to help solve an existing problem (such as weed/pest control as previously mentioned).

Your final design should contain at least one (1) component that can ONLY be manufactured using 3D printing.

Extra credits will be given to designs that are also optimized to save material without compromising integrity.

The winning designs will be printed, courtesy of Stratasys, at E-Fest East on April 15, 2018 at Penn State University.

**Who Can Enter

This category is open to students at a post-secondary school. Entrants under the age of 18 must have their entries submitted by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. You may enter this challenge individually, or as a design team. All team members must be enrolled as a student in an educational institution or online program during the semester/term in which they contribute to the design. The Challenge is not open to any persons employed, past or present, as a professional in 3D printing.

Requirements

  • JUDGING CRITERIA:

    1. Is this design unique and creative? (test with internet searches)
    2. Is there at least one component of the design engineered for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)? The design should ONLY be able to be manufactured by a 3D printer.
    3. Is at least one component optimized for less material without compromising strength and functionality? Entry should include four (4) images as described.
    (Extra credit given for using Generative Design in Solid Edge)
    4. Description of material reduction: EX. Percentage of material saved
    5. Report of how the design will help to solve the problem

  • SUBMISSION FILE FORMATS:

    Native Solid Edge Part File for additional points or STEP file of the CAD model
    BMP, JPG or PNG images of the optimized design from Top, Front and Side as well as a 3D pictorial view *
    Mass reduction report
    Word Document of description of the solution

    *The winning design file will be converted for printing.

  • TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

    Native Solid Edge files earn bonus points (GRABCAD To assign #)
    To Download a free version of Solid Edge for this challenge, visit:
    https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/plmapp/education/solid-edge/en_us/free-software/student
    CAD must be capable of exporting a Step (STP) file if not using Solid Edge
    Photo realistic renderings (KeyShot comes with every Solid Edge download)
    Size of 3D printer bed – 10” x 10” x 10” (design may be scaled for 3D printing)
    BONUS POINTS for using Generative Design topology optimization to reduce weight, as well as make it an organic aesthetically pleasing shape. Check out this informative tutorial for more information: Generative Design - Topology Optimization

Rules

  • ENTERING THE COMPETITION:

    This category is open to students at a post-secondary school. Entrants under the age of 18 must have their entries submitted by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. You may enter this challenge individually, or as a design team. All team members must be enrolled as a student in an educational institution or online program during the semester/term in which they contribute to the design. The Challenge is not open to any persons employed, past or present, as a professional in 3D printing.

    By entering the Challenge you:
    1. Accept the official GrabCAD Challenges Terms & Conditions.
    2. Agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges (Jury).
    3. Warrant that you are eligible to participate.
    4. Warrant that the submission is your original work.
    5. Warrant, to the best of your knowledge, your work is not, and has not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited.
    6. Warrant neither the work nor its use infringes the intellectual property rights (whether a patent, utility model, functional design right, aesthetic design right, trademark, copyright or any other intellectual property right) of any other person.
    7. Warrant participation shall not constitute employment, assignment or offer of employment or assignment.
    8. Are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement for any costs.
    9. Agree the Sponsor and GrabCAD have the right to promote all entries.
    If you think an entry may infringe on existing copyrighted materials, please email challenges@grabcad.com.

  • SUBMITTING AN ENTRY:

    Only entries uploaded to GrabCAD through the "Submit entry" button on this Challenge page will be considered an entry. Only public entries are eligible. We encourage teams to use GrabCAD Workbench for developing their entries. Entries are automatically given the tag "asmeagriculturedrone" when uploading to GrabCAD. Please do not edit or delete this tag. Only entries with valid tag will participate in the Challenge.

  • AWARDING THE WINNERS:

    The sum of the Awards is the total gross amount of the reward. The awarded participant is solely liable for the payment of all taxes, duties and other similar measures if imposed on the reward pursuant to the legislation of the country of his/her residence, domicile, citizenship, workplace, or any other criterion of similar nature. Only 1 award per person. Prizes may not be transferred or exchanged. All winners will be contacted by the GrabCAD staff to get their contact information and any other information needed to get the prize to them. Payment of cash awards is made through PayPal. All team awards will be transferred to the member who entered the Challenge.

  • We will release the finalists before the announcement of the winners to give the Community an opportunity to share their favorites in the comments, discuss concerns, and allow time for any testing or analysis by the Jury. The Jury will take the feedback into consideration when picking the winners.

  • Winning designs will be chosen based on the Rules and Requirements.

  • This Challenge ends on April 2nd, 2018 (17:00 EST.) Finalists will be announced April 5th, 2018. Winners will be announced April 10th, 2018.

Prizes

Prize Winnings

$475 in Prizes and More!

1st Place

$250 + 1 Year Subscription to Solid Edge + 1 Free E-Fest East registration pass + winning 3D printed model

2nd Place

$150

3rd Place

$75

About the jury?

GrabCAD, Stratasys, and Siemens Solid Edge Software.

About ASME's E-Fests

ASME’s E-Fest “Engineer a 3D Printed Drone Attachment for Agriculture” Additive Manufacturing Challenge:

As part of ASME’s E-Fest events, you are invited to go beyond the classroom or laboratory and put your engineering design principles to the test by applying them in ASME hosted student competitions.

E-Fests, or engineering festivals, are WAY more than just a series of events. It’s a movement driven by engineering students that has gained force globally. These year-round programs empower engineering students like YOU to ignite innovation, build your resume, expand your knowledge, participate in stimulating competitions, jumpstart your career and most importantly, celebrate engineering.

ASME’s E-Fest “Engineer a 3D Printed Drone Attachment for Agriculture” Additive Manufacturing challenge is also sponsored by GrabCAD, Stratasys, and Siemens Solid Edge Software.

Register for E-Fest East here: https://efesteast.asme.org/page/1319006/registration

27 comments

  • Fahad Rafi

    Fahad Rafi 7 months ago

    Is this related to student competition at IMECE?

    Fahad Rafi has uploaded 242 CAD models & has left 441 comments.
  • VoltLAB

    VoltLAB 7 months ago

    does registration on E-Fest is mandatory to take place in challenge? Type of drone or frame attach points? Full 3d print part or additional parts allowed(servo,battery,sensors)?Flight environment?

    VoltLAB has uploaded 15 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Doug Stainbrook

    Doug Stainbrook 7 months ago

    Registration at E-Fest is not required, however we would LOVE to recognize the winners at the events and allow them to showcase their designs. The type of drone is not specified in the challenge, so if you have a particular one in mind feel free to use those specs for your "Agricultural Attachment". Your design can include whatever you feel is necessary to convey your design and it's purpose. Any relation to another competition that may be going on in parallel with this one is purely coincidental.

    Doug Stainbrook has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 9 comments.
  • Doug Stainbrook

    Doug Stainbrook 7 months ago

    One more suggestion to increase your chances of winning; be sure to read and include as many aspects as possible related to the judging criteria mentioned above! Also take particular note to the accepted file formats and technical requirements.

    Doug Stainbrook has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 9 comments.
  • Ed Hebert

    Ed Hebert 7 months ago

    In the Requirements it mentions "To Download a free version of Solid Edge for this challenge, visit:
    https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/plmapp/education/solid-edge/en_us/free-software/student". Do you have to be a student to use the program for this project?

    Ed Hebert has uploaded 10 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Ben Emre

    Ben Emre 7 months ago

    Ed, in the requirements for the challenge, it states that you must be a student currently enrolled in school to participate.

    Ben Emre has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Juan Avila

    Juan Avila 7 months ago

    Hi. Engineers who are studying a master's degree or other specialization can participate?

    Juan Avila has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • code threeinvent

    code threeinvent 7 months ago

    hi, when is the deadline to upload any documents? I didn´t find it in the terms of conditions.

    code threeinvent has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Vagner Bachm

    Vagner Bachm 7 months ago

    Vagner Bachm has uploaded 49 CAD models & has left 370 comments.
  • Abe Gladstone

    Abe Gladstone 7 months ago

    code threeinvent - All files should be uploaded by April 2nd.

    Abe Gladstone has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 19 comments.
  • Jace Owens

    Jace Owens 7 months ago

    Can my design files be uploaded as stl files?

    Jace Owens has uploaded 2 CAD models & has left 6 comments.
  • Satya Schiavina

    Satya Schiavina 7 months ago

    The deadline is supposed to be in around 3 more hours but the contest is already closed! what happened?
    I'm done with my entry which has taken a lot of effort to develop is there any way that i can still submit?

    Satya Schiavina has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • Abe Gladstone

    Abe Gladstone 7 months ago

    Sorry for the error. The Challenge has been reopened and will end at 5PM EST.

    Abe Gladstone has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 19 comments.
  • yogesh waran

    yogesh waran 7 months ago

    Hey when the finalists will be declared?

    yogesh waran has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Satya Schiavina

    Satya Schiavina 7 months ago

    The finalists should have been out by now. Are they due to come out soon?

    Satya Schiavina has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • VoltLAB

    VoltLAB 7 months ago

    I'm glad that my project goes to finals, thanks.

    Also to pinpoint my photogrametry therm, usually used to talk about terrain reconstruction (eather from still image or motion).Reason to use a pair of relative inexpensive action cameras is to obtain vegetation pictures in broad spectrum (IR/VIS).That crude spectroscopy can be used to identify and select areas with particular flora (weeds from crop).Simple camera modification (IR hot mirror/filter remove or lens change) allows to do that anywhere in the world thus lowering precision farming entry barrier.

    VoltLAB has uploaded 15 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Ben Emre

    Ben Emre 7 months ago

    VoltLAB, i like the design but am curious about the removal after the spikes have been deployed. Do they have to be individually collected by hand? Are they biodegradable? Or are they just left as garbage in the area they are deployed?

    Ben Emre has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • VoltLAB

    VoltLAB 7 months ago

    Ben, it depends of application.In case of sensor, I suppose one want to collect data as long as possible (presumably all year or longer).For pest traps or repellents, impactor case can be made with bio-degradable polymer (i.e. PCL) or even rigid paper.This is actually great topic to further explore, does other bio-deg polymers for 3D printers are available?

    VoltLAB has uploaded 15 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Ben Emre

    Ben Emre 7 months ago

    Thanks for the reply VoltLAB. i like your suggestion about thin paper as it would be light, cheap and durable enough to withstand the intended use. I believe your design has good potential!

    Ben Emre has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • GiuseppeLuci

    GiuseppeLuci 7 months ago

    Hi guys ,
    I'm happy to be in the final, I hope you like my idea.
    It's a simple, functional and completely printable attachment.
    I used simple geometries so that can be easily printed, so the spreader can be used on every drone and the aerodynamic shape will not disturb the drone's motion.
    Thanks to simulation i reduced the use of material so the influence of spreader weight is minimum. The added value is that it works only with the airflow.
    In addition to spreader, it can also work as a container, thanks to the closing system.
    Congrats to all the other participants for their ideas and Good Challenge!

    GiuseppeLuci has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • Ben Emre

    Ben Emre 7 months ago

    I love all of the organic-looking and mechanically driven seeders in the finally. Since 5 of the 10 finalists are seeding attachments, can someone explain to me why it is beneficial to seed via drone? i understand it is none-invasive and prevents compaction but is it realistic? For example; if a farmer is to spread rye seed on his 300 acres of land for the fall and applies the seed at 20lb/acre, that means 6000 pounds are to be spread. being experienced with agricultural quadcopters, i know that weight is THE MOST critical aspect to the functionality and even adding 5 pounds to a mid-sized agricultural drone would make a massive difference to the flight characteristics. This means that the drone would have to be landed and filled up 2000 times to cover 300 acres of land. I suppose it is do-able, but for the expense of the drone, time to fill and fly, time to charge batteries or fill fuel tanks (Which have to be relatively small for weight reduction), i find it hard to believe to be realistic.
    Yes it may work for small hobby farmers but i cant see it being realistic on a large scale.
    If im wrong with these assumptions please let me know! id love some feedback from the designers.

    Ben Emre has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • GiuseppeLuci

    GiuseppeLuci 7 months ago

    Hi,I understand what you mean, but if we only reasoned in large numbers, many things would be useless!
    "why design a bobcat if exists the excavator?
    why design a minibus if exists the bus? "
    Simple, there are the conditions in which one is better than the other.
    But it's obvious that if you need to transport 100ton of material you will use a trailer track and not a pick-up.Your example is a bit trivial. Not all have hectares of land.
    So you give the customer the opportunity to choose a nice product that is a compromise between the excellent products used by large companies and the classic and now ancient manual products for hobby.
    It could be useful to reach temporarily isolated areas, it could be useful for people who can not move, it could be a good idea to turn a tiring job into something more fun ... I could list dozens of reasons.
    We talk about innovation, the drone itself was born as a game and then there was evolution.
    We offer ideas that today can work with a small clientele but with evolution can become great things.
    I hope you will not consider this answer as offensive, it's my thought and I like to compare myself with others. Sorry if my english isn't perfect.

    GiuseppeLuci has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • Artem Tayurskii

    Artem Tayurskii 7 months ago

    Hi, Ben! I'm not an expert in agriculture, but perhaps large-scale use of drones for planting seeds can be ineffective.
    Perhaps in a large business it will be beneficial to create a universal «air force». By replacing the attachments, they can be used as an effective means of surveying the terrain, controlling cattle or as an aid in sowing / spraying, etc. If this helps sow a few percent of the farm this will already be some savings.
    It's like a reconnaissance airplane, which can be an easy bomber in his spare time. As "aerial refueling" you can use stationary or mobile stations in the field.
    Of course, the economic calculation for a particular farm is important here. I think that just a big business will be able to find more applications for drones during the year:
    Before the season-the analysis of the territory
    Beginning of the season-help in planting
    Season-watering and spraying, control of the uniformity of maturation
    End of the season - analysis of the territory, spread of fertilizers
    In winter-thermal control of heat leakage in buildings
    Big machines do the basic work; small drones help to make this work more efficient.
    It's just my non-expert opinion) sorry for my English.

    Artem Tayurskii has uploaded 8 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Ben Emre

    Ben Emre 7 months ago

    Giusepple and Artem, thank you for the feedback! i like the points that the both of you made, specifically the idea of "using the most appropriate tool for the job" that Giusepple explained well. I will keep those suggestions and ideas in mind when working on future designs.
    And yes i also agree drones make things a bit more enjoyable ;)

    Ben Emre has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • VoltLAB

    VoltLAB 6 months ago

    Congrats to all winners.

    VoltLAB has uploaded 15 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • shivam  singh

    shivam singh 6 months ago

    solidworks software will work for this competition

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