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Extreme Redesign

Rise to the 3D printing challenge

Students: Remake your world! Each year, Stratasys calls on tomorrow’s engineers, artists and architects to design a better future in the Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge.

The contest calls upon secondary and post-secondary students around the globe to redesign an existing product or create a new product that improves how a task is accomplished. Put your inspiration to work and get recognized.


All team members must be enrolled as a student in an educational institution during the semester/term in which they contribute to the design. Each entry must be entirely the original work of the persons identified in the entry. The Challenge is not open to any persons employed, past or present, as a professional in 3D printing. Each entry must comply in all respects with the Contest Rules, including without limitation all requirements for user submissions.

Entry Process

Each Extreme Redesign entry must contain an STL file along with a completed online submission form, including a 200-word or more written description and/or a 30-second video description. The description of your original design should include:

  • The current product you're redesigning (or the current way something is done)
  • The weakness of the current product or situation
  • Why and how your design will improve on the existing solution
  • Images and/or screen shots of your design (encouraged, but not required)

The way you describe your new design is critical. We recommend you have someone unfamiliar with the project review it for improvement before submission.

How to Create a Good Entry

Your design should be mechanically sound, realistic and achievable. Entries will be judged for:

  • Sound mechanical design and part integrity
  • A compelling description of your redesigned product (written and/or video)
  • Design creativity
  • Product usefulness
  • Beauty (for the art and architecture category)

Official Extreme Redesign Rules

Who may enter: Secondary or post-secondary students may enter as individuals or as a design team. Each entry must be entirely the original work of the persons identified in the entry; except that ordinary guidance and direction may be given by institutional teachers, professors, and advisors.
  • Each student or team may submit only one entry per category.
  • Teams are limited to two people per entry.1
  • Your entry must include an STL file, which can be exported from most CAD software packages. (We will not accept any other file type.) Find more information on how to export an STL file here.
  • Any entry that does not include an STL file will be considered ineligible for the contest.
  • The size of the design file that is submitted must be no larger than 254 x 254 x 254 mm (10 x 10 x 10 in.). If your design is larger, please scale down the STL file before submitting.
  • Your design can be assembled from two or more parts. Model assemblies should be saved as individual STL files, as well as one complete assembled STL. Please provide instructions on how to assemble the final part if needed.
  • Any entry that could be used as a weapon, or is a replica of a weapon, will be considered ineligible for the contest.
  • All Extreme Redesign entries (including descriptions, designs, videos and/or images) submitted to Stratasys can be used by Stratasys for publicity and marketing purposes.


The 2014 Extreme Redesign 3D printing challenge is now closed. The next annual contest will open in September 2014 and run through February 2015.


Extreme Redesign STL files and videos can be submitted either of the following two ways:

  1. Submit your entry online (preferred).
  2. Mail your entry (files on a CD or flash drive) to:
    Stratasys Extreme Redesign / Kim Killoran
    7665 Commerce Way
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA
    Tel: (952) 937-3000


A panel of independent judges from various industries will be the final judges of winning entries in each category.


Every entrant will receive an official Extreme Redesign T-shirt.


New this year, the first round of judging will serve to select top regional semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will receive a 3D printed model of their design.


We'll narrow down the regional semi-finalists further to the top 10 entries in each category worldwide. Each finalist will receive a Stratasys apparel item valued up to $50 USD.


In the final round, judges will choose winners in each category to receive the following prizes:

  • First place: $2,500 USD2
    • Instructors of the first place student will receive a limited-time demo 3D printer for the instructor to use in the classroom
  • Second place: $1,000 USD2
  • Third place: $1,000 USD2

New this year, the winner in the post-secondary category will be invited to attend a 2015 regional 3D printing/additive manufacturing conference (conference and location to be determined):

  • The conference registration, airfare, lodging, ground transfers and per diem meal allowance will be provided by Stratasys.
  • Team winners may split the prize value, but must attend to claim (no cash value).

Questions? Email Kim at extremeredesign@stratasys.com.

1If a team earns a monetary prize, the total dollar amount of the prize will be divided evenly between team members.

2Qualified scholarships are treated as tax-free amounts if all the following conditions are met:

  • You are a candidate for a degree at an educational institution that maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regular enrolled body of students in attendance at the place where it carries on its educational activities.
  • Amounts you receive as a scholarship are used for tuition and/or fees required for enrollment or attendance at the educational institution, or for fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses of instruction.


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