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Digital Manufacturing Challenge

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Describe the Activity: 

2018 Challenge Theme: “Custom Automotive Aftermarket Peripherals”
Automobiles have long been one way to express individuality — particularly when customized with aftermarket or even maker-inspired components. Such components or systems often enhance the styling and/or the capability/performance of a common stock vehicle.

This sort of innovation is what the 2018 Digital Manufacturing Challenge seeks to encourage. For this tenth anniversary installment of the challenge, we wish to revisit the 2008 theme updated to comprehend all of the latest digital tools and techniques available.

As such, student designers are invited to create innovative automotive aftermarket peripherals that integrate and exploit the best of digital design, additive and subtractive tools/technologies to create and showcase your vision of a unique automotive feature or function.

Contestant teams are asked to create virtual prototypes incorporating any mechanical, electrical and/or optical elements, and are encouraged to employ more than just one of the seven available additive manufacturing processes.

Contestants need not build their item, but must recommend and justify through their research and cost-benefit/value analysis, their design, process and material selections to achieve the styling and/or the capability/performance claimed.

Entries are welcome from both college/university students and high school students.

Time Details: 

Entries must be submitted before 12:00 am ET Monday, February 26, 2018.

Cost Details: 

Free to enter competition

People Details: 

Small groups can work on and submit a project. Groups must have an academic advisor. For questions, email: with the subject line “2018 DDM Competition”

Prize Details: 

One high school winning team will receive:

  • A complimentary conference pass to RAPID + TCT event.
  • A stipend of $1,000 to use for travel and lodging to the conference. 
  • A certificate of achievement.
  • A complimentary, one-year SME student membership.
  • An SME logo gift.
  • A recognition letter sent to the winner with a copy sent to the university advisor/educator.
  • A recognition letter sent to a student newspaper/technical publication designated by the winner.
Outcome of the Activity: 
Students will showcase their technical and commercial talents by demonstrating new and creative ways additive manufacturing can add value.
Activity Address: 
United States
39° 55' 6.3372" N, 75° 8' 11.958" W
United States
39° 55' 6.3372" N, 75° 8' 11.958" W
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