SME’s Digital Design Contest For Mobility Innovation

Nov 21, 2016 | National Models |

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is inviting college & high school students around the globe to participate in their 2017 competition. SME is asking students ‘how can we get better’ by challenging them to create innovative solutions that push the envelope for mobility problems.

The Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) Technical Working Group developed the first SME Digital Manufacturing Challenge in 2008. It was one of the first competitions to go beyond rapid prototyping and feature additive manufacturing. This competition emphasizes the capabilities of additive manufacturing. This process is an integral part of digital manufacturing that allows for the combination of both additive & traditional methods to manufacturing that develops the industry.

One goal that has been overarching over the years that this competition has been to engage & inspire the participants to demonstrate their technical and creative skills.

SME Contest Overview

This year, student designers and engineers are invited to figure out how to help us get around better. More specifically, contestants are challenged to consider how our inherent human physical mobility and/or performance may be restored, enhanced or given new capabilities whether on land, in/on the sea, in the air or in space. Such “performance mobility” may be represented by a functional item, subsystem or system. Contestant submissions may address needs in the areas of personal transportation, sporting goods or medical appliances/physical therapy devices — or they may be something unique, entirely new and/or novel.

This challenge seeks entries that are centered on the following areas:

  • Personal Transportation
  • Existing Sports Goods
  • Medical Appliance/Physical Therapy Devices
  • A new and/or unique product that addresses two or more of the above categories

Contest submissions are due before March 13th, 2017.

Winners will be recognized at SME’s annual RAPID & TCI event, held May 8-11 in Pittsburgh.

Are You Interested In Participating?