Student Scholarship Awards Aimed at Promoting Interest in
Engineering Careers; Art and Architecture Category Added
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 2007--The Dimension 3D Printing Group, a business unit of Stratasys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SSYS), today announced the launch of its fourth annual "Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge," a global design and 3D printing contest for high school and college students that awards scholarships to the winners.
Following last year's Extreme Redesign contest where the number of entries doubled to more than 1,000, Dimension again calls on computer-aided-design (CAD) students worldwide to submit their most creative, useful and innovative Extreme Redesigns. Whether it's a new perspective on an everyday product or a fresh vision for updating a famous piece of art, animation or architecture, Dimension will award student winners $2,500 or $1,000 scholarships based on their design's creativity, usefulness, part integrity and aesthetics. Dimension also will award teachers of the three first place student winners a laptop computer for use in the classroom.
This year's contest will include an "art and architecture challenge" open to both high school and university students, in addition to the high school and university engineering categories included in previous years.
Dimension recognized all six finalists and the two award-winning designers from last year's contest during a webcast ceremony in April. Representatives from S.C. Johnson and Inventys judged the students' design concepts.
"The quality and quantity of designs submitted from around the world for Extreme Redesign 2006 displays strong student enthusiasm for engineering and design in the educational arena," said Jon Cobb, vice president and general manager of 3D printing for Stratasys. "With the addition of the art and architecture category in the upcoming 2007 competition, we look forward to expanding the scope of the contest, building on the momentum created by last year's successful contest and sparking greater student interest in the pursuit of careers in design and engineering."
To enter the high school or university engineering categories, students need to identify an existing product and redesign it, making the original design better by adding new functionality or aesthetic qualities. For submissions in the art and architecture category, the emphasis should be on originality and the overall beauty or aesthetic of the design.
Once the design is complete, students send an .stl file of their Extreme Redesign, a completed submission form and a 200-word description of the value and benefit of the Extreme Redesign part via Dimension's Web site.
Final submissions must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2007. A panel of independent judges from various industries will judge final entries on the basis of creativity, usefulness, part integrity and aesthetics. Winners will be selected in February 2008 and will receive $2,500 or $1,000 scholarships. Complete contest rules and submission information is available at www.dimensionprinting.com/education/extremeredesign.shtml.
For video, photos and descriptions of last year's winning Extreme Redesigns, visit www.dimensionprinting.com.
About The Dimension 3D Printing Group
The Dimension 3D Printing Group is a business unit of Stratasys, Inc., based in Minneapolis, Minn. Dimension 3D printers - which include the Elite, the Dimension 1200 Series and Dimension 768 Series - are networked, desktop modeling systems that provide CAD (Computer-Aided-Design) users a fast, office-friendly, low-cost alternative for building functional 3D prints. Dimension 3D printers build accurate models layer by layer using durable ABS plastic, allowing users to not only evaluate design concepts, but test 3D prints for functionality, form and fit. As the first large format desktop 3D printer that sells for less than $30,000, Dimension incorporates many key features found in modeling systems that cost tens of thousands of dollars more.
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