MINNEAPOLIS, May 01, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Dimension 3D Printing Group, a business unit of Stratasys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSYS), announced today the nine finalists for its fourth annual "Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge," a global design and 3D printing contest for high school and college students.
The nine finalists were chosen from a pool of more than 800 design entries worldwide. Entries fall in to one of three categories: High School, University and the newly added, Art and Architecture category. The three first place category winners will receive $2,500 scholarships. The remaining finalists each will receive $1,000 scholarships.
Short web videos featuring the nine finalists are now available at http://www.dimensionprinting.com/extreme-redesign/2008finalists.aspx. Though an independent panel of judges determines the winners, Dimension encourages students, educators and designers to vote for their favorite entries online.
Finalists and Category Details
The final contestants from the high school category are Ashley Bredemus (Rubik's Sphere for the Blind) of Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, Minn.; Kyle Olbrich (The Eggcinerator) of Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; and in his second consecutive year as a finalist, Zach Stephens (Triple Play Light Bulb) of Westfield High School in Carmel, Ind.
Final contestants from the University category are Ashley Lemon (Public Seating) of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minn.; Nate Moren (Flat Door Stop) of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minn.; and George Suarez (Solar Powered Water Desalination Unit) of the University of California Davis in Davis, Calif.
Final contestants in the Art and Architecture category are Benjamin Foley (Redesigned Lave Lamp) of Sherwood High School in Sherwood, Ore.; Nicole Redcross (Mrs. Redcross 2226) of Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Essiah Underwood (Bfly Fan) of Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Announcement of Winners
The three winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 20 at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' (SME) Rapid 2008 Conference and Exposition in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The announcement will be made at the opening of the conference. Immediately following the May 20 announcement, an in-depth web video profiling the three winning students and their designs will be on Dimension's Web site.
"Our fourth annual Extreme Redesign contest has again been an exciting competition with impressive designs coming from all categories," said Jon Cobb, vice president and general manager of 3D printing for Stratasys. "I want to thank all those who participated in the contest and I look forward to May 20 when we announce the winners in each of the three categories at SME's Rapid 2008."
Extreme Design Contest Details
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 submit 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.
A panel of independent judges then scores final entries on the basis of creativity, usefulness, part integrity and beauty. Finalists and winners will receive $2,500 or $1,000 scholarships. Complete contest rules and submission information are available at http://www.dimensionprinting.com/education/extremeredesign.shtml.
For video, photos and descriptions of last year's winning Extreme Redesigns, visit www.dimensionprinting.com.
For further information on SME's Rapid 2008 Conference and Expo visit www.sme.org.
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 1200es 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.
SOURCE: Stratasys, Inc.
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