Winners Ashley Bredemus of Grand Rapids, Minn., George Suarez of Davis, Calif. and Essiah Underwood of Oklahoma City, Okla., to receive scholarships; winners featured in Web video at http://www.dimensionprinting.com/extreme-redesign/07-Winners.aspx.
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 20, 2008--The Dimension 3D Printing Group, a business unit of Stratasys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSYS), announced today winners in its fourth annual "Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge," a global design and 3D printing contest for high school and college students. An in-depth web video profiling the three winning students and their designs is now available http://www.dimensionprinting.com/extreme-redesign/07-Winners.aspx.
The winners, announced today in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at the opening of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' (SME) Rapid 2008 Conference and Exposition, include: Ashley Bredemus (Rubik's Sphere for the Blind) of Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, Minn.; George Suarez (Solar Powered Water Desalination Unit) of the University of California Davis in Davis, Calif.; and Essiah Underwood (Bfly Fan) of Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City, Okla. Their winning designs were chosen from a pool of more than 800 design entries from around the world. The three first place winners will receive $2,500 scholarships, with the remaining six runners-up receiving $1,000 scholarships each.
Bredemus, the high school category winner, submitted a Rubik's Cube-like puzzle design that can be played by the blind as well as those who have sight. The puzzle is spherical, easy to grip and has sides made of triangles, pentagons and squares - shapes that can be felt as well as seen.
Suarez, the university category winner, submitted a water desalination chamber designed to provide a reliable, sustainable source of fresh water for communities lacking a sufficient supply of groundwater. The model features a saltwater intake, an evaporation/heating chamber, condensation chambers and a freshwater outlet.
Underwood, the art & architecture category winner, submitted a butterfly-like ceiling fan designed to appeal to children. The visually stimulating design includes eight fan blades constructed to look like butterfly wings.
Runners-up in the high school category are Kyle Olbrich (The Eggcinerator) of Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Zach Stephens (Triple Play Light Bulb) of Westfield High School in Westfield, Ind. Runners-up in the University category are Ashley Lemon (Public Seating) of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minn. and Nate Moren (Flat Door Stop) of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minn. Runners-up in the Art and Architecture category are Benjamin Foley (Redesigned Lava Lamp) of Sherwood High School in Sherwood, Ore. and Nicole Redcross (Mrs. Redcross 2226) of Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City, Okla.
"Congratulations to our three winners and the runners-up for submitting an outstanding range of creative designs," said Jon Cobb, vice president and general manager of 3D printing for Stratasys. "I would also like to thank our judges Karen Moltenbrey of Computer Graphics World, Ian Kovacevich of Enventys and Scott Schermer of S.C. Johnson, who had the challenging task of selecting our winners. I look forward to seeing another round of impressive entries from tomorrow's designers and engineers as we kick off our 2008 competition in the coming weeks."
More information on the finalists and winners, including images and descriptions, can be found at www.dimensionprinting.com.
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.
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.
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