2013 Direct Digital Manufacturing Design Competition

Winners of the 2012 Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) Competition were announced at the annual Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) RAPID 2012 Conference & Exposition earlier this year in Atlanta.

Students from around the country were tasked with using their imagination to design a product that was made utilizing unique DDM techniques and materials. This year’s contestants had to design a product that represented a fully working prototype and could be used in another assembly. The geometry of the design was to be defined within a three-dimensional (3-D), computer-aided design (CAD) system capable of producing robust StereoLithography files.

The competition was sponsored by the Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group of Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Community and SME. The Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition is held annually and is open to university and high school students.

For 2013, student designers are asked to go beyond “just parts” to utilize additive manufacturing (AM) for the creation of a machine that performs useful work and produces a product of value.

The result will be a functional mechanism or assembly with moving parts. The geometry of the design must be defined within a three-dimensional (3D), computer-aided design (CAD) system capable of producing robust STL files. The deliverable shall include a complete bill of material/parts list where file transfer enables reproduction of the device.

This year’s challenge seeks to showcase AM in the age of Web sharing and point-of-use manufacture. As the designer, you are only limited by your imagination. Use this opportunity to reveal your Additive Manufactured Machine in a device everyone can appreciate.

For more information, visit: www.sme.org/ddm-competition

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