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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.

2014 Winners

Congratulations to our winners in each category for the 2014 Extreme Redesign Contest!

Click on each category below to see the winners.

2013 Winners


College Engineering 2013

1st Place: Crawler 2.0


2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Crawler Seat 2.0 Profile

Andrew Roderick & Brian Booth
Berrien Springs, MI, USA
Andrews University

The description for this design is confidential at this time. This entry has been recommended for further examination by Edison Nation for a potential licensing agreement. More about the partnership with Edison Nation.

2nd Place: Multi-Rack


Sandra Wojtecki & Helena Skonieczna
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ryerson University

2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Multi Rack Profile  2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Multi Rack

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Multi-rack is a multi-purpose, wall mounted dish rack. Designed to be affixed directly above the sink, multi-rack solves many of the space, convenience, and sanitary problems associated with other dish racks. A dual level, retractable design maximizes space by providing two drying levels. When the dish rack isn’t being used, it can be pushed back into its flush position, or individual pegs can be retracted and used as cup holders.

3rd Place: Snack Cup


Sivan Arbel & Julia Mozheyko
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ryerson University

2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Snack Cup Profile 2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Snack Cup

The Problem: Although most people enjoy a snack with their beverage, carrying fresh snacks on the go require additional containers that create clutter and inconvenience many choose to avoid. The snack cup offers a clutter free solution that allows the user to comfortably hold his beverage and snack in one travel mug. The travel mug also converts into one larger container, for those days in which coffee is the only necessity.

The Solution: The snack cup is attempting to make versatile the typical travel mug design.

Through a research we conducted among 125 people between the ages of 14 and 70 we found that 69% of the participants enjoy a snack with their beverage when such is available. 83% of them specified a constant mug size, of which 47% preferred a medium cup size (12 oz). Only 17% specified they use varied cup sizes. Therefore we limited the number of compartments to two, forming either a medium mug (11.6 oz) with a separate bottom snack container (6 oz), or one large mug (15 oz).

Following the vacuum insulated double-walled construction, the snack cup strives for optimal insulation levels. The materials used in combination are 304 grade stainless steel and Bisphenol A (BPA) free plastic. Stainless steel is neutral, corrosion resistant and easy to clean, thus making a healthier product1. BPA free plastic is used both for the lid and grip assembly to accomplish an ergonomic, comfortable design. Both substances are durable and recyclable, thus achieving higher, long-lasting performance throughout the life of the travel mug and thereafter.

Middle/High School Engineering 2013

1st Place: Magnesium Fire Starter


Josh Ryan
Grand Haven, MI, USA
Grand Haven High School

2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Magnesium Fire Starter Profile 2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Magnesium Fire Starter

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Magnesium fire starters are a practical way to light fires because they are weatherproof, portable, and durable. Certain models can be used up to 12,000 times before they need replacing. This method of lighting fires is also environmentally friendly due to no harmful materials being used. The current design uses a thin piece of metal, which is stricken against a magnesium rod, to create a spark. However, this movement requires two hands, is jerky, and prone to user errors. User errors include being unable to direct sparks in the desired direction, and hitting the kindling due to the jerky movement. My product uses a lever design, which enables usage with one hand. Pushing down in one spot is all that is needed to make a spark. This action is smooth and simple, and makes it easy to direct sparks. The redesign uses a spring to maintain tight friction between the magnesium and steel. It is fully weatherproof, portable, durable, and environmentally friendly. The redesign enables users to have one hand available for tending the fire while the other is used to light it. This redesign would create an easier user experience, create accessibility for people who can only use one hand, and retains everything good about the original design.

2nd Place: Math All Over Boundaries


Ethan Koeppe & Ethan McMillan
Grand Haven, MI, USA
Grand Haven High School

2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Math All Over Boundaries Profile 2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Math All Over Boundaries

Link to video on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/3dprintingextremeredesign Video submitted by Ethan McMillan

The problem? International tests have been showing that U.S. students are falling behind in math and aren’t proficient enough to compete in the world market. In the current system we have established math is not fun. In fact, trends show that many kids don’t like math because it is boring or dull. The Math Over All Boundaries (MOAB) solves both of these problems. It provides a unique, simple, and entertaining educational opportunity for kids in grades K-5 to heighten their mathematical abilities. The MOAB is a board game that reinforces knowledge of basic math operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, in a fun competitive atmosphere. The MOAB is unique because you will receive multiple, many-sided die within other many-sided die: a die within a die, dieception. This simple idea brings a new twist to the conventional die. These die within die allow the user to roll two numbers simultaneously every time. We have printed one of these dies already, the 12-sided die within the 12-sided die, and already we have seen interest in them and math within our high school grow. Our next step is to produce the whole game and donate them to our local elementary schools to bring an impact into our community. We also plan on printing some copies of the dies for our math high school teachers to use in their classes to help teach probabilities.

The game play is also quite simple. This is an example version of the game for the elementary grade children. The players each have a game piece (math related) and start together at the beginning of a course. Every square on the course has a symbol for different math operations, basic addition and subtraction for 1st and 2nd graders and adding multiplication and division to the mix for older students. When it becomes a certain player’s turn he/she selects a die. The different die are ranked by difficulty, the 20-sided dies are the higher difficulty while the 12-sided die is the easier difficulty. The higher the difficulty, the more spaces the player gets to move their piece (assuming they answer correctly). After selecting a die the player will roll the die, observe the two numbers rolled, and perform the math operation indicated to them by their square. Getting the answer correct allows them to move forward towards the finish square. An incorrect answer forces the player to remain on the square until their next turn when they will have to re-roll a die and perform the operation. Remember: The number of tiles the player moves is based on the difficulty of the die. All the players repeat this process in turns until one reaches the finish square and is declared “Math Man.”

3rd Place: Easy Open Bottle Cap


Zachary Sia
Pittsford, NY, USA
Pittsford Mendon High School

2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Easy Open Bottle Cap Profile 2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Easy Open Bottle Cap

The bottle cap is one of those inventions that is used every day, but is often taken for granted. The last significant change in the design of the bottle cap was to change the small metal cap into a larger plastic one, making it easier to open by hand. However, many people still have difficulty opening plastic bottle caps, usually because they cannot get a sufficient grip on the cap. The ridges on most bottle caps, meant to provide better grip, usually end up doing nothing more than hurting the consumer’s hand. My design seeks to provide a more comfortable and effective way to open the cap. My Easy Open Bottle Cap has two tabs on either side of the cap, which consumers can use like the wings on a wing nut to loosen the cap. Both tabs are identical, so only one part needs to be mass produced in addition to the cap. The tabs can be folded inward, making the bottle cap approximately the same size and shape as a conventional bottle cap, and then folded outward when the consumer wants to open the bottle. The ability to fold the tabs allows the bottle to be packaged, stored and shipped in the same way as current bottles, and prevents the cap from being opened accidentally. The hinges on the cap prevent the tabs from folding back too far while the consumer is opening the bottle. The hinges are also designed so that the tabs can easily be snapped into place, but cannot easily pop out. In case the tabs somehow fail, or the consumer simply chooses not to use the tabs, the bottle cap also has conventional ridges so it can be opened normally.

To assemble the Easy Open Bottle Cap, place the cylindrical extrusion on one side of the tab into the hole in the hinge closest to the bottom edge of the cap. Place the cylindrical extrusion on the other side of the tab into the notch on the top of the hinge and apply force. The cylinder should move through the groove and into the hole in the hinge. The tab is correctly attached if the smooth side of the tab can touch the bottle cap and the textured side faces outward.

Art & Architecture 2013

1st Place: Emergent Automated Manufacturing


Connor Nicholas
Savannah, GA, USA
Savannah College of Art & Design

2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Emergent Automated Manufacturing Profile 2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Emergent Automated Manufacturing

An innovative multi-dimensional additive manufacturing process.

To not question and to not look beyond the current process will end the role of architects and the design process. The role of an architect is transforming at a faster rate than ever before in history. Innovation is the key to ensuring the future of the architects occupation and place within our communities. To stray from current knowledge and future innovation is to shut our eyes and walk blindly into our future. To believe we have arrived at the ultimate building techniques and processes is ludicrous. We must continue to innovate and question what we are doing. With a struggling environment that we watch continue to suffer from our actions there is no choice but to push forward and imagine a better future. We as individuals are only here for a blink of an eye so there is no time to waste on repetitive redundant actions. We must ponder upon greater horizons.

  • To be scientifically minded
  • To be innovative
  • To be curious
  • To be human

The current design build process is limited to certain dimensions of manufactured material and processes. This creates a stagnant flow of production and innovation. In order to change how we think and perceive construction we must reevaluate many areas of our process. The areas of investigation that are explored in this project are fabrication, materiality, and parametrics. These three areas are at the forefront of innovation in the industry are and pushing the field forward. Without forward innovation there is no hope in a brighter future. Three dimensional printing created a gateway for ideas to cross pollinate and give birth to new innovation. By intertwining technology from boat manufacturing, high performance sail construction, FDM modeling, BIM modeling, finite element modeling, advanced building material research, and large scale gantry processes printing a building in serial manner becomes a reality. By three dimensionally printing buildings we can use local materials indigenous to the area, reduce the amount of energy and material used in construction, control the quality at very high resolution, create new geometries, and construct buildings at a rapid rate.

2nd Place: Virtual Organic Glasses


Hichang Ki
Seoul, South Korea
IDAS

2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Virtual Organic Glasses Displayed 2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Virtual Organic Glasses Process

This is a suggestion for new generation of glasses. The concept of the design is a growing process that we can see in nature. This glasses frame grows by itself from a tiny seed like any other organic creature does. The shape of the design is determined by this concept. This design is natural and not mechanical; it can be made by 3D printing only. It is not only aesthetic but also a high-tech based design.

3rd Place: Running Charger


Max Meaker
Kent, WA, USA
Kentridge High School

2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Running Charger Profile 2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Running Charger

Link to video on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/3dprintingextremeredesign Video submitted by Max Meaker

This year being the end of my four years in Cross Country, I decided to do something special to thank my coaches for all they've done for me. I wanted to go above and beyond a simple thank you note and gift card, so I designed a unique 3D model that I could print and give to them. Inspired by my school’s mascot, a Charger (horse), and the sport of running, I meshed a two dimensional profile image of each into a three dimensional model.

The result became a one of a kind figurine I've titled “Running Charger”. At a first glance it looks abstract, but transforms between a horse and a runner depending on your perspective. Thanks to the uPrint SE 3D Printer in my engineering class, I was able to print this model, which couldn't have been made any other way. After a run through the support removal system and a school spirited paint job, the figurines were finished. All my coaches loved the “Running Charger” and couldn't believe that I not only designed it, but 3D printed it.

Engineering a Difference Bonus Category 2013

Math All Over Boundaries


Ethan Koeppe & Ethan McMillan
Grand Haven, MI, USA
Grand Haven High School

2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Math All Over Boundaries Profile 2013 Extreme Redesign Winner Math All Over Boundaries

Link to video on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/3dprintingextremeredesign Video submitted by Ethan McMillan

The problem? International tests have been showing that U.S. students are falling behind in math and aren’t proficient enough to compete in the world market. In the current system we have established math is not fun. In fact, trends show that many kids don’t like math because it is boring or dull. The Math Over All Boundaries (MOAB) solves both of these problems. It provides a unique, simple, and entertaining educational opportunity for kids in grades K-5 to heighten their mathematical abilities. The MOAB is a board game that reinforces knowledge of basic math operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, in a fun competitive atmosphere. The MOAB is unique because you will receive multiple, many-sided die within other many-sided die: a die within a die, dieception. This simple idea brings a new twist to the conventional die. These die within die allow the user to roll two numbers simultaneously every time. We have printed one of these dies already, the 12-sided die within the 12-sided die, and already we have seen interest in them and math within our high school grow. Our next step is to produce the whole game and donate them to our local elementary schools to bring an impact into our community. We also plan on printing some copies of the dies for our math high school teachers to use in their classes to help teach probabilities.

2012 Winners

College Engineering 2012

1st Place: Pravaah - A Continuous Supply Handpump

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Akshay Gautam & Gaurav Singh
Jabalpur, India
Indian Institute of Information
Technology Design & Manufacturing

Aren't you tired of the frequent power failures and the resulting water problems?

Here we propose a hand-pump design which not only provides a continuous supply of water and a saving in your utility bills but also provides water during both the phases of pumping.

The challenge for the design was to obtain a continuous supply in reciprocating type handpumps which is accomplished by making few modifications in the prevalent design of conventional reciprocating type handpump.

FEATURES

  • Gives water in both the upward and the downward stroke of the piston. Double Cylinder pump so both downward and upward stroke delivers water hence optimum utilization of human energy spent is achieved.
  • Fully fabricated steel structure duly hot dip galvanized.
  • Non-corrosive underground components capable of handling corrosive water situation there by giving longer life. Robust and reliable under field conditions, cost effective, and maintainable by users at village level.

Working principle:

The working principle of this hand-pump is similar to that of the prevalent hand-pumps for one phase of pumping while for the other phase of obtaining water principle of buoyancy is used.

It solves the problem of obtaining continuous flow of water taking into consideration user amiability.

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2nd Place: Diabetic Testing Station

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Zahraa Bazzi, Abrar Wazir, Stanley Marek
Dearborn, MI
Wayne State University

The Diabetic Testing Station (DTS) is a device that will assist the users in testing their blood glucose levels. The main purpose of the DTS is not to replace the users' current glucometers and lancet pens, rather to provide a product that will house all of their devices. The overall goal is to take the job of the amputees' caregivers so that the users can be more self-reliant.

The DTS was originally designed for a diabetic with an amputated arm, who yearns to be independent. However, we have expanded the idea to accommodate the needs of any potential user. The device is portable, lightweight, easy to use with one hand, and inexpensive. The problem with similar devices that are mechanically operated is that they are much more expensive, whereas our manual design is simple, affordable, and universal in terms of fitting the users' own devices.

A large suction cup will hold the device in place and keep it sturdy. The arm of the device has a lower joint connecting to the suction cup and an upper joint connecting to the plate. The lower joint is used to adjust the height of the device, while the upper joint is used to adjust the angle of the plate. On the far right side of the plate are strips of Velcro so that users can place a sanitary wipe for use before testing. The glucometer is placed on a universal cradle on the left side of the plate for ease of use. On the bottom of the device is where the lancet clamp is placed, which is used to hold the pressure-activated lancet pens.

A prototype of the DTS was put together using easily accessible materials to test its validity. A user manual is included for instructions on how to use the prototype.

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3rd Place: Scissors for Right & Left-Handed Users

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Isabell Boqvist
Lulea, Sweden
Lulea University of Technology

Today there are pairs of scissors for both left and right handed people on the market. I analyzed them, and they are only adapted for both the right and left hand regarding the handle, not the blades. Some may think that the blades work the same, regardless if you use your right or left hand. However, this is not the case, since the pressure from the hand influences the cutting. The bottom blade needs to be on the right side for right-hand scissors and vice versa. To achieve the purpose of scissors for both right and left handed people you need to adjust the blades.

My solution to this is detachable handles and reversible blades. The handles are attached by a button. When the pair of scissors needs to be adjusted from right handed to left handed, the handles are easily removed from the blades. The blades are reversed and the handles are put back on the blades. The blades and the handles are coded by color to avoid confusion. Green color stands for right-hand and orange stands for left-hand.

Now, families or schools with both right and left handed people can finally buy universal good working pair of scissors.

Art & Architecture 2012

1st Place: Desert Rose

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Kyle Whybrew
Grant, FL
University of Central Florida

Few things are a suitable gift for my mom, and I myself not being very creative am always challenged to create the perfect gift. Her insistence that I produce something of my own design often resulted in things that only she could appreciate. However, I was in luck. This year my school had received a Dimension 3-D printer. So far, all that was made on the printer were simple prismatic shapes and extrusions. I, seeking a challenge, decided to create a shape that would be a severe test of the printer's capabilities. The model I sought to design could have no flat surfaces, no straight edges, and consist of thin intricate features. Ultimately looking to nature, I was inspired to create a flower. A-ha! This would be my solution. It would circumvent my lack or artistic skills; I would have the printer produce my design. Further, I could please my mother with something I created, which truly could be appreciated. The printer created the flower without trouble. It passed my test. The flower that materialized, I painted and mounted to a wooden base in the shape of a pot.


2nd Place: Community Library

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Alex Tseng
Houston, TX
Rice University

This library design stems from an investigation of the traditional library and how it can be reformatted for a small 21st century community. The traditional library is compartmentalized into various programs, which results in long hallways separating disconnected spaces. In this re-design of the library, the interior opens up as one continuous space with three cores containing the service elements: media lab, fire stairs, the main toilets, and administration. The main floor area is organized as circumscribed layers of program, offering users the experience of moving fluidly through multiple layers of program and the opportunity to interact with diverse groups of people. Conversations are encouraged by placing the collaborative spaces in the center of the building. The library also removes the conventional boundaries between inside and outside by providing visual connectivity along an outside and inside perimeter, setting aside outdoor reading spaces for the community, and creating one continuous circulation loop from the outside up to the roof to the inside and back down to the outside, allowing one the greatest potential to meet someone from the community.


3rd Place: Green Art

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Christina-Maria Agape & Robert-Sebastian Dron
Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania
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Most common windmills used today have horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWT) and are installed outside of populated area. These turbines are like the aircraft propellers and are more efficient than vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT). One example of VAWT was designed by Finnish engineer S. J. Savonius in 1922. This turbine has two half-cylinders mounted on a vertical shaft. Even though Savonius turbine is less efficient than HAWT, it has some advantages: it is simple to build and could accept wind from any direction. The Savonius turbine is more appropriate to be used in urban environment than HAWT. However, there is at least one big problem: the aesthetic of the wind turbine.

We tried to modify the Savonius wind turbine to obtain a more beautiful one, to create a work of art that will spin in the wind. For that, we simply twisted the Savonius design around rotation's axe of the rotor. We obtained a helical turbine which is more beautiful than the original design. Even more, we think that the new design is less noisy than the original one and will function well at low speed of wind.

The helical twisted Savonius wind rotor installed in urban area could help us to produce electricity and also could be an artistic symbol of energy conservation.

Middle / High School Engineering 2012

1st Place: Pro Sump

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Nicholas Pio
Downey, CA
Warren High School

There are a couple of problems with current fuel testers used today to check the fuel in general aviation. The first problem is, as you get the fuel sample form the wing, it can drip and get on your hands and arms. Another problem is that it is sometimes difficult to tell the color of the fuel. The biggest problem is that aviation fuel contains lead and when it is usually poured out, letting it go into the environment, and with fuel prices who wants to waste gas.

In order to solve these problems I created the ProSump. This cup features a cone on the top that funnels the fuel into the cup, preventing fuel from getting on hands, or arms.

Half of the cup has a white background that makes it easier to determine the color of the fuel. It also has an easy return function so that the fuel can easily be put back in the plane, and not wasted, with the simple push of a button. Also with the large volume of the cup, all of the fuel drains can be checked. By making it easier to complete a preflight, general aviation will become safer.


2nd Place: Diagonal Slice Rubik's Cube

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Quentin Torgerson
Mars, PA
Mars Area High School

When the Rubik's Cube came out in the 1970s, it was a baffling puzzle that only a select few could solve. Today, there are several widely published methods to solve the puzzle, making it easy for anyone to memorize and master. Some methods have even made it possible for people to solve a Rubik's Cube in less than ten seconds. Over the years, the cube has been converted from a test of problem solving skills to a task of following instructions and memorization.

My goal was to convert the Rubik's Cubes back into the puzzle it once was. I did this by adding another degree of freedom into the original design by adding a diagonal turn to the original x-, y- and z-axes. The extra degree of freedom and the additional pieces greatly increase the number of possible combinations that the puzzle can have. Also, because it is a new puzzle, there are no online tutorials for solving it, forcing people to solve it on their own. It will be a true test of problem solving ability.

Four major modifications had to be made to allow the diagonal turn.

  1. The original core that allows the x-, y- and z-axis had to be split and a pivot point added.
  2. The center piece along the diagonal slice had to be split into two pieces
  3. The method to connect the two split center pieces to the core had to be developed.
  4. Each corner piece had to be split into six individual pieces.
  5. Each edge piece had to be split into two pieces.

My diagonal slice Rubik's Cube could potentially be printed preassembled with no need for screws, but I thought that the screws would let it move more easily and make it more durable. I was also afraid that it would be impossible to remove all of the support within the close fitting intricate pieces.


3rd Place: Sand / Salt Spreader

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Erik Fredrickson
Wolfeboro, NH
Kingswood Regional High School

The product I chose to redesign was a sand/salt spreader for the back of a truck. Almost all sanders for trucks this size utilize and chain driven convener system to deliver the sand to the spinner. There are several problems with this system that persist with this design. The first is that this chain and sprockets wear out about every other year because of wear from it dragging and the steel being eaten away by the salt it spreads. Another problem it has is that if any water gets into the chain it freezes up and you cannot use the sander until it melts which can take days. The final problem I addressed was that most sanders use a small pony motor to operate. These pony motors are hard to maintain because in the off season their carburetors clog up and will run at first but die in the middle of a job and require constant tinkering when in use.

In my design I fixed these problems but using and auger and electric motors. I picked an auger for my delivery system for the sand to the spinner because it will not wear out nearly as fast as the chain. I also picked the auger because it can be made of stainless steel to prevent it from rusting out from the salt. It will not freeze in place because there are no links of a chain for water to freeze in. This improvement on its own makes it superior to the way most sanders are made now but I also addressed the pony motor problem as well.

I used electric motors for both my auger and spinner motors. These motors are direct drive motors with no gears or clutches to worry about and are protected with simple shear pins so the motors cannot burn out if for some reason there is a problem. I decided on the electric motors because in the off season they will not fail as the pony motors do. Also with using two electric motors instead of one pony motor the user can independently control the speed of the spinner and the auger giving them complete control in spreading material giving them the perfect sand job they want. When I thought about how to connect the motor to the moving part I used a simple direct drive because its simplicity will always be more reliable than a complicated drive system with many points of failure. This also made my sander easier to maintain, diagnose problems, and repair easily on the go to keep the contractor making money.

School Spirit 2012 - Bonus Category Winners (2)

Tigre's Bot

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Tyler Kilgore
Mansfield, OH
Mansfield Sr. High School

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Beer Stein Redesign

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Joseph Huser
Sillwater, OK
Oklahoma State University

The product that I chose to redesign was a traditional beer stein. When I say traditional beer stein I mean the large mugs that would normally have a large metal cover over them to keep out contaminants and, historically, would have helped to prevent the spread of disease and reduced the risk of being poisoned. This was chosen for its relative simplicity and its ability to be creatively customized. The biggest problem that I saw with a traditional beer stein is the thumb handle to uncover your beverage of choice is normally extremely high up on the glass. This can prove challenging for people with smaller hands to lift the lid. To solve this problem I have had a few ideas but the best solution was a lower thumb hook. The goal was to shorten the total distance that you would have to reach to open the beverage while leaving the originally placed handle for the comfort of those with hands large enough to normally open the stein. This would make it easier for the person to open the container, thus eliminating the issue of having to use two hands just to open it.

For the customization I decided to also go for the bonus category in my design. The handle of the mug is engraved with "Oklahoma State University, Mechanical Engineering Tech.", which is the most apparent display of school spirit. Furthermore, I changed the shape of the lid to a cowboy hat. As you may or may not know the mascot for OSU is Pistol Pete, or Cowboys to be more general. The next engraving occurs on the thumb lever that reads "Go Pokes." The idea of us being pokes comes from the word cowpokes or people that herded animals like cattle for a living also known as cowboys. The final example of school spirit comes in the thumb extender itself it is modeled to look like the stirrup you would commonly see on a saddle. A stirrup is not simply a representation of cowboys riding horses there is more to this feature it represents Pistol Pete's horse Bullet. Who is present at all of our home football games and has been a symbol of school spirit since 1984. It is these features that make my product not only a good redesign but, also an excellent showing of the spirit and traditions of Oklahoma State University.

Assembly Instructions.

  1. Take the lid positioning it so that the top will cover the mug, slide the bottom peg under the hooks in the handle to secure the lid to the top of the mug
  2. Now take the stirrup shaped extension and press it into the slot in the top of the thumb lever
  3. Enjoy beer stein

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2011 Winners

College Engineering 2011

1st Place: Prone Stander

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Jeremy Prince
Cookeville, TN
Tennessee Tech University

Currently a local elementary school bought a commercial prone stander for a child with cerebral palsy. The prone stander is an assisted stander used to build muscle definition in the child's leg. The redesign is to improve adjust-ability and functionality. Children that have cp are all different shapes and sizes, and most children do not fit in a generic small, medium or large stander. With this redesign, I ran a matlab code for pin locations and a structural analysis for material selection. I have now fabricated and implemented this prone stander in the local elementary school.


2nd Place: Digitally Manufactured Quadrotor

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Christopher Kennedy
Daytona Beach, FL
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Quadrotors, also known as quadrocopters, quadcopters or quadrotor helicopters, are vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft propelled by four fixed-pitch rotors. Flight is controlled by varying the relative speed of each rotor. Although quadrotors have been known for nearly one-hundred years, they remained a novelty until the recent surge of interest in unmanned and autonomous vehicle systems. With the availability of small, sophisticated sensors and electronics, quadrotors are now being developed for a wide range of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions from military support to search and rescue to wildlife surveys. Current quadrotors are generally inelegant devices made from crossed aluminum or plastic tubing. Such designs typically provide no shroud or fairing for the rotor blade, making the designs dangerous and vulnerable to impact. Molded and composite quadrotors do exist, but the designs are not easily adapted to a new mission or payload. The digitally manufactured quadrotor is safe, easily modified, and damage tolerant. The four ducts are interchangeable, making for easy repair and assembly. The design flexibility offered by digital manufacturing is critically important in small unmanned aerial vehicles, where each mission is likely to have a unique payload and unique mission requirements.

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3rd Place: Desk2go

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David Di Giuseppe & Arash Nouraee
Toronto, ON, Canada
Ryerson University

There is an inherent problem with the concept of a laptop. It is unsafe to use on your lap. Current laptop design with heat management on the bottom often gets blocked and causes the laptop to overheat which may cause health issues and poor performance. The desk2go aims at solving this problem. With desk2go, your laptop case becomes a collapsible, portable desk. Its safe platform provides a rigid, desk-like surface which prevents the laptop from overheating while allowing you to use it comfortably, virtually anywhere. The adjustable platform makes it easy to use the laptop in situations where the absence of a desk would make it uncomfortable and inconvenient; such as sitting on the couch, sitting down on the floor and even while lying down in bed.

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Art & Architecture 2011

1st Place: Flip 'n Slip

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Dov Feinmesser & Aaron Hendershott
Toronto, ON, Canada
Ryerson University

Young children's chairs are typically designed with the same intent in mind as chairs for adults: they are intended for sitting and little else. Given young children's endless capacity for imagination and their abundant energy however, young children often use items, such as chairs, in unintended ways. As such, current children's chairs have a multitude of weaknesses, from a limited range of uses to their potential danger to young children who use them in unintended ways, such as with the legs facing upwards. These weaknesses are the inspiration for the "Flip n' Slip": a multi-functional children's "chair" that can be configured in many different ways. Every way the child flips it presents a new and fun use. On one side it serves as a chair (that can rock back and forth) or lounger and on the other as a slide. When turned on its sides, it becomes a table surface. The "Flip n' Slip" is designed for safety. It is molded as a single piece, supports no sharp edges and has grooves at contact points to reduce surface contact and slippage. The flip n slip promotes creative play in a way that is both safe and fun.


2nd Place: Generative Light Fixture

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Christopher Johnson
Somerville, MA
Boston Architectural College

The decorative light pendant is a generative design prototype for the mass customization of interior lighting. The design of the pendant is almost entirely based off an algorithm which defines the size of each perforation individually depending on their distance from an object (for example, the distance from the ceiling, floor and walls may vary for each location i.e stairwells, coves, dining etc.). Each of these variables are then individually calculated for emitting the exact optimal illumination to the surrounding objects/surfaces. The end result is an incredibly functional and aesthetically justified light fixture that is uniquely generated by its predetermined location and use.

The design is generated in Rhino using Grasshopper. The algorithm is generated within the program using a series of attractor points (which control the size of each opening), a surface and a sub-surface (which are both aesthetically customizable by the client).

This redesign of the atypical decorative light pedant would generate almost no inventory, eliminate 3rd party manufacturing, and display a cohesive design variation within a series.

The fixture submitted is an example of the initial stylistic client based design for a simple down light.


3rd Place: Frozen Moment

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Chao Gao
Scarborough, ON, Canada
Ontario College of Art & Design

Imagine liquid poured out of a giant distorted wine glass, two streams freeze as they touch the ground and form two solid pieces. This moment is captured and becomes my armchair concept. Two streams become the front supports of the armchair. The 3D model is a quarter size replica of the real chair. For furniture production, the quarter size models are constructed before the full size ones to study the form, analyze the structure and are used to communicate with the client. The models are usually made of wood or intended material depending on the design. If the design has organic forms or complex shapes, the construction process can be time consuming. For this piece in particular, because of the complexity of form, it is a big challenge to make it with conventional materials and process. Wood carving, casting, model making all take time and the resulting products are not very accurate. Therefore, the best way to produce it is to use 3D printing technology. This would save time for making the model, producing accurate result, and consequently delivering a great presentation.

Middle / High School Engineering 2011

1st Place: Doorstop

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Elliot Wilm
Westmont, IL
Hinsdale Central

Whenever anyone would carry something into my house, it would be a difficult process, because the door would keep closing on you. My dad ended up putting on a big, clunky, industrial door stop on the bottom that flipped out. My family would indirectly mark up the door with their shoes, because it is difficult to control your foot in order to push the door stop down. It also stuck out from the door causing a friend to trip. This could cause a liability issue if someone trips in your house on a hot day when you have the door open. My solution was to hide the door stop within the door and have it come out the bottom so it would not only look nice, but prevent accidents. It is controlled by your hand, like a dead bolt that most likely already exists on your door, ensuring control and an appearance that is pleasing. While using a piston and cam system, I created a track for a rod to slide up and down when turning the knob. This is a design that is meant for a good functional purpose that is extremely useful in many instances while making your door into a masterpiece.


2nd Place: U-watch

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Arthur Dabrowski
London, Ontario, Canada
John Paul Secondary School

The U-watch is primarily a wrist watch that uses the new ipod nano 2010 as it's central time piece. The U-watch will allow anyone who owns the ipod nano 2010 to use the nano not only as a music player or digital display clock in their pocket or belt but now on their wrist. The U-watch adds style, increased and improved functionality of the ipod and ease of use of its functions. The U-watch allows the user to still listen to music, scroll using the touch screen and access all of the ipod's applications but now from a user friendly and secure location. The U-watch is designed not only for the classic jogger or runner but now for the everyday employee or citizen. The U-watch is the future and that future is on your wrist.

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3rd Place: Universal Socket

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Mason Stillman
Gillette, WY
Campbell County High School

Socket wrenches were a great invention. They provided a much easier way to work with nuts and bolts, but let's face it; socket wrenches right now are a pain to use. Switching the sizes of the attachment you need every five seconds is a real chore. Well, with the universal socket, that problem is a thing of the past. The universal socket self-adjusts to the size that you need, no matter what. So now, instead of wasting your time trying to find the right socket size, you can work on your projects and get them done faster. The universal socket uses a spring locking system to adjust to just the right size for whatever you're working on. The farther you push, the smaller the socket sizes get. When you reach the right size, it stops. The universal socket would be available in different drive sizes to accommodate all socket sizes. The universal socket design that I have sent you is the 1/2" drive model. Other models would include 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", and 3/4" drives.

Building or Bridge Redesign 2011 - Bonus Category

1st Place: Eco-Friendly Bird's Nest Stadium

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Jeevan Farias
Morris Hills High School
Rockaway, NJ

The Beijing National Stadium from the 2008 Olympics is beautiful and extremely complex in its architecture. Its shopping center, lighting, and numerous facilities consume immense amounts of electricity. For the 2011 Dimension Extreme Redesign Challenge, I modified the stadium to decrease energy consumed from nonrenewable sources. I designed and implemented six vertical-axis wind turbines to generate clean energy . I also created two hydroelectric turbines and added an elliptical rain gutter on the roof which will funnel the water towards the turbines. After the rain water passes over the turbines, it is directed back into the stadium for use in the irrigation system. The turbines can produce electricity for the stadium and supply the excess power to the national grid. This will reduce the carbon emission the stadium emits and can potentially create revenue. The metal strips that encase the stadium will now serve as a barrier as well as decoration, because the turbines will be built in between the strips and the building. The addition of turbines will also create jobs in construction, installation, and maintenance. 3D printing has helped me to find a passion and realize a vision. I hope that someday the Beijing National Stadium will become energy efficient and serve as a model for the rest of the world.

Puzzle or Game Design 2011 - Bonus Category

1st Place: Puzzle Sphere

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Kyle Wilkinson
Terre Haute, IN
Terre Haute South

This is a 3x3x3 Rubik's cube made into a 3.2in diameter sphere. I have named this new Rubik's cube the "Puzzle Sphere". I've chosen this name because once solved, the sphere can be opened, to reveal a hidden chamber. The hidden chamber can be used to hide things within its 2.5in diameter semi-spherical chamber. I made this because I love Rubik's cubes. I've never found a purpose for them beyond stimulating the brain and entertaining those around you. So, I decided to add another purpose, to make it like a cryptex in that it can hide things. It can't be as secure as a cryptex because many people already know how to solve a 3x3x3 cube and it's not hard to learn how. This is the only weakness of the "Puzzle Sphere" that at this time I can come up with. To open the sphere, you must first solve the puzzle like a normal Rubik's cube. You then, secondly, rotate the top half counterclockwise. And then, thirdly, you can pull the halves apart. This reveals the hidden chamber to either place your item to hide, or to remove the all ready hidden item. You may have to let it soak for an extra 6 hours after opening it for the first time and it is wise to clean out all the support that can be washed out before putting it back in to soak.

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2009-10 Winners

College Engineering

Robo-Prosthetic Development Platform

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Dale Herzog
Quinsigamond Community College
Worcester, MA, USA

Middle / High School Engineering

Electricity Usage Meter



Maxwell Krist
Eckstein Middle School
Seattle, WA, USA

Art & Architecture

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Trevor Clarke
Fullerton College
Fullerton, CA, USA

Green Bonus Category

Highway Wind Turbine

Benjamin McCombs & Jonathan Hoekstra
Caledonia High School
Caledonia, MI, USA

2008-09 Winners

University Engineering

Light Switch Cover

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Chris Triska & Alexander Soloviev
Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario

High School Engineering

Alphabet Blocks

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Jordan Berger
New Paltz High School
New Paltz, New York

Art & Architecture

Warrior Tailgating Pancake Mold

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Michael Schmelzel
Waubonsie Valley High School
Aurora, Illinois

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