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Best 3D Printed Fixture / Tool Design Competition- Student Division

Your goal in this challenge is to create the most innovative, impactful and practical additively manufactured jig, fixture, manufacturing aid or tool design.

The Challenge:
Design the most innovative, impactful and practical additively manufactured jig, fixture, manufacturing aid or tool design. Highlight why additive manufacturing is the superior or only method of fabrication for your design. Explain the application of your design and the challenges or problems it solves. Tell us about how you utilized nTopology software in your design process. Lastly, explain which Stratasys FDM material you would choose to fabricate this and why.

Academic Competition
To learn more about the Stratasys FDM Fixture Generator from nTopology and how to use it please visit
www.ntopology.com/stratasys. There you will find all the information about what exactly it does and how to use it.

To obtain your free one-year academic license of nTopology* please complete the trial request form here:
https://ntop.typeform.com/to/hOe8knR0

*Please note that you must be requesting from your .edu email address to receive your non-commercial, academic license of nTopology.

If you are among the top three winners, you will be eligible for some amazing prizes such as:

 We’ll print your design for you using the new FDM F770- in your preferred material. Or, the Stratasys FDM material and platform model of your choosing.
 A valuable voucher for printing services from Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
 nTopology Software License (time bound)
 Recognition and promotion in popular publications
 A free 1-year GrabCAD Shop license for up to 25 users
 Visa Gift Card

We ask you to provide your native CAD file and your STL file. If you have a CMB or .Print file, that’s even better!

Entries will be accepted from May 3rd, 2021 through June 14th. Winners will be announced on, or about June 28th

This Competition is for US and Canada Only

Requirements

  • JUDGING CRITERIA:


    1. Is this design unique and creative? (test with internet searches)
    2. Is the design engineered for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)?
    3. What practical purpose does the fixture or tool serve?
    4. What challenge or problem does the fixture or tool serve?
    5. Why is additive manufacturing the best or only means of fabricating this fixture or tool?
    6. Best use of nTopology software and Stratasys FDM 3d printing- any platform and material

  • Important Message
    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.

  • TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:


    1. To be fabricated in one, continuous build (with the need to be produced in multiple segments joined together via post-processing), the design can’t exceed "39.4 x 24 x 24”. However, you are free to exceed these dimensions; knowing that if you win, the free part that you receive from Stratasys will be fabricated in multiple segments that are bonded together.

    2. Eligible materials and printer platforms: Any Stratasys FDM Polymer/ Any Stratasys FDM printer

    3. Files must be 3d printable – watertight 3d volumes, no open surfaces

    4. Wall thickness and feature size shall not fall below 0.02” inch

    5. Layer height or tip size specification

  • WHAT IS REQUIRED?


    1. Your native CAD file and your STL file. If you have a CMB or .Print file, that’s
    even better!

    2. A 2-3 paragraph (500-750 words) narrative that includes all the following (items 2-
    5):
    a. Your name
    b. Your school and your major/minor. Your career aspirations
    c. What is the application?
    d. What were the challenges you faced and what were your goals?
    e. Could this have been produced via some other manufacturing technology?
    f. If yes, how and what are the advantages to using additive mfg instead?
    g. If no, why not (geometric challenges? Weight?)
    h. Did you use the nToplogy in your design process? If yes, how did it help
    you?
    i. What printers do you have access to at your school?

    3. Several supporting images including renderings of your fixture tool in use

    4. What is your preferred material, color and Stratasys FDM system platform/model?

    5. Impact Statement (see details below) **

    6. Acceptance of the design competition official Terms & Conditions specified below

  • **IMPACT STATEMENT**


    To be selected as a finalist, you must: provide a written explanation of the application
    of your additively produced tool or fixture. What practical purpose does the fixture or
    tool serve?

    You must also explain what challenge or problem the fixture or tool solves.

    Next, please explain why additive manufacturing is either the best or the only means
    of fabricating this fixture or tool.

    Please articulate your use of nTopology software and Stratasys FDM 3d printing.

    How did nTopology help you with your design process? How would you have
    accomplished this without nTopology software and what are the benefits of implementing
    nTopology in the process?

    Lastly, what 3d printers do you have access to at your school? Which SSYS FDM
    platform and material would you fabricate your design with? Why?

    These are the minimum requirements, however, the more information you supply,
    the better!  For example, images, renderings, videos and screenshots of the design
    and application are encouraged!  To win, you must also comply with the technical
    design specifications provided above.

  • NTOPOLOGY DOWNLOAD AND BEST PRACTICES:


    www.stratasys.com/ntopology.

    https://ntopology.com/blog/2020/11/08/ntopology-and-stratasys-collaborate-to-automate-the-design-of-manufacturing-aids-for-the-factory-floor/

Rules

  • ENTERING THE COMPETITION:


    If you think an entry may infringe on existing copyrighted materials, please email challenges@grabcad.com.


    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. Warrant, to the best of your knowledge, your work is not, and has not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited.
      5) 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.
      6) Warrant participation shall not constitute employment, assignment or offer of employment or assignment.
      7) Are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement for any costs.
      8) Agree the Sponsor and GrabCAD have the right to promote all entries.


  • 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 "StratasysToolDesign2021Student" 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. Vouchers will be provided in the form of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing promo codes.

    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 schedule.

  • Schedule


    This Challenge ends on June 14th 2021 (23:59 EST.) Finalists and Winners will be announced on, or about June 28th, 2021.

Prizes

Multiple-See Details

First Place

 $1300 SDM Voucher
 Free FDM printed model of submitted design- any FDM platform-any FDM material
 A highlight in the Stratasys newsletter, website and social channels
 Free 1-year subscription to GrabCAD Shop-25 users
 GrabCAD newsletter and blog promotion on community challenge page
 1-year nTopology EDU license,
 $300visa gift card
 nTopology swag

Second Place

 $1000 SDM Voucher
 Free FDM printed model of submitted design- any FDM platform-any FDM material
 A highlight in the Stratasys newsletter, website and social channels
 Free 1-year subscription to GrabCAD Shop-25 users
 GrabCAD newsletter and blog promotion on community challenge page
 1 year nTopology EDU license,
 $200 visa gift card,
 nTopology swag

Third Place

 $700 SDM Voucher
 Free FDM printed model of submitted design- any FDM platform-any FDM material
 Free 770 printed model of submitted design
 A highlight in the Stratasys newsletter, website and social channels
 Free 1-year subscription to GrabCAD Shop-25 users
 GrabCAD newsletter and blog promotion on community challenge page
 1 year nTopology EDU license
 $100 visa gift card
 nTopology swag

Finalists 4th-10th place

A highlight in the Stratasys newsletter, website and social channels
GrabCAD newsletter and blog promotion on community challenge page

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