Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing competition open

University and high school students are invited to submit computer-aided design (CAD) "inventions" that capitalize on, among other criteria, direct digital manufacturing's geometric capabilities and fit within the automotive peripherals or automotive after-market product guideline.

03/27/2008


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has announced a call for submissions to the Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing 2008 Competition. This two-day effort will be held in conjunction with the RAPID 2008 Conference & Exposition, May 20-22, 2008 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center near Orlando.

Both university and high school students are invited to submit computer-aided design (CAD) "inventions" that capitalize on, among other criteria, direct digital manufacturing's (DDM) geometric capabilities and fit within the automotive peripherals or automotive after-market product guideline. Winning inventions or entries will be recognized by awards and other commendations and ultimately manufactured using DDM technology.

Each entry will be judged by a panel of rapid manufacturing academics, professionals, industry leaders and experts who make up the SME Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group. This volunteer member interest group operates within the organization's Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community and serves to promote greater DDM shop floor usage.

The group launched the Competition in 2007 to broaden DDM's overall awareness and limitless possibilities for the next generation of manufacturing inventors and scientists.

The judges will rely on such additional criteria as innovative aesthetics via DDM, degree of customization/personalization, justification of DDM process and a cost/benefit analysis to select this year's winning automotive after-market product entries. The first prize designer whose work exemplifies how rapid manufacturing can best be used will receive a personalized recognition award, a certificate of achievement, a complimentary SME student membership, and other commendations along with the ultimate opportunity to manufacture his or her design. Runners-up also will receive a certificate of achievement, a complimentary SME student membership and the chance to see a 3-D or "live" prototype of their inventions.

For complete details and processes on how to enter, please visit the DDM page. All entries are due by April 16, 2008.

Entries will be judged by April 23, 2008, and winners will be notified at that time. Announcement of the winners and runners-up will be made at RAPID 2008, May 20-22, 2008, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center near Orlando.





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