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Student Inventors and Entrepreneurs – the Extreme Redesign Challenge is On!

The Extreme Redesign Challenge provides an opportunity for students to use technical and innovative skills to design an object, redesign an existing product to improve it, or find a new way to complete a task or solve a problem. And it’s open for submissions now!

Students in middle school or high school, or students enrolled in a higher education course or college program, are welcome to apply. They can enter as a team or an individual, with or without an instructor- assigned project.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how 3D printing product prototypes can turn brainstorms into fly-off-the-shelf sensations.

How You Work

This year, you can find all the details and submit your entry at You or your teacher will need a GrabCAD account to enter, so students under 18 years of age need to ask a parent, guardian or instructor to create an account profile and submit entries on their behalf. Send us your best design as a .STL file, and tell us why the world needs your design to make it better. Entries for the 2017 Extreme Redesign Challenge may be submitted through March 9, 2017. Review the complete contest rules, and enter your design in one of these three categories:

Art, Jewelry and Architecture

This category is open to students worldwide at any grade level.

Engineering: Post-Secondary

This category is open to students worldwide enrolled at a university, college or post-secondary school.

Engineering: Secondary Education

This category is open to students worldwide in middle school or high school.

See contest details and submit your entry –

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Keep Your Eyes on The Prize

Do you need more than just the glory of being an innovator? Since the contest’s inception, Stratasys has awarded more than $140,000 in scholarships. This year’s prizes include:

  • 3D Printed Model: Ten finalists in each category will receive a 3D printed model of their design and a Stratasys apparel item valued up to $50.
  • $1,000 scholarship: In addition to the perks of being a finalist, one second-place winner in each category will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
  • $2,500 scholarship: One first-place winner in each category will receive a $2,500 scholarship and all the perks of being a finalist. Plus, his/her instructor will receive a demo 3D printer for limited-time classroom use.
  • $1,000 NCATC scholarship: The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) will award a $1,000 scholarship to one winning entry in the engineering category. Post-secondary students from NCATC member schools will be eligible for this bonus prize.

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Learn From the Winners

Each year we receive over 700 student submissions. It is great to see the creativity, inventiveness and design inspiration that goes into each submission. Students compete to give their submissions that extra sizzle including extras like: PowerPoint presentations, videos, photos and compelling descriptions of their redesign.

Here are a few highlights from some of our 2016 winners.

Lauren Lee from John F. Kennedy Middle School in California, the 2016 2nd Place Winner in the Art & Architecture category, connected her uniquely designed anemone locket to thoughts on reducing our carbon footprint.

“The anemone is dying because its symbiotic algae die when ocean temperatures rise too high for them to survive. This is believed to be caused by global warming, which is caused by carbon pollution. My anemone locket is a container. It snaps shut, so it can hold your possessions safely. When you use it, you will be reminded to help stop carbon pollution. Ways you can do this are: Walk to places instead of using gasoline, and use less oil.”

– See more at:

Aris Peci and Remi Carreiro from Canada Ryerson University, the 2016 1st Place Winners in the Engineering Post-Secondary category, offered mobile photographers a flexible way to capture images with their HyperShot design.

“We wanted to make a better lens attachment for smartphones. HyperShot’s goal is to reduce the amount of hardware and time required to use additional lenses on your smartphone and to make that system universal to suit more devices. These limitations led us to develop a rotating mechanism that could provide three different lenses. We integrated a suction cup to allow us to attach HyperShot to multiple phones and prevent any scratching to the device’s screen or finish.”

– See more at:

Instructors Love It

Instructors enjoy incorporating the Extreme Redesign Challenge into their course as an opportunity to engage students in a project that can offer an exciting opportunity to win great prizes, but moreover, the chance for students to expand their thinking and creativity while using technical applications. Here are a few comments from instructors over the past few years:

 “I use this competition as a primer to manufacturing. Students in our science and engineering academies are taught about the design process in their freshman and sophomore years. A common theme in all their projects is reverse engineering innovation and invention. I’ve used the competition as a class assignment, extra credit, final project, after school activity and independent study topic, but most often it is just an optional and fun assignment.”

~ Joe DeFalco, Bergen County Academies, Engineering Technology Teacher

 “I have continued to take class time to participate in the Stratasys Extreme Redesign Challenge because it gets students excited about the engineering design process.  Often times in traditional and computer aided drafting and design classes students are just reproducing an old print; with this challenge, students must come up with a problem and fix it with their own design.  These are real world skills that these drafting students are getting exposed to as sophomores and juniors in high school, which I think is really exciting. “

~ Brandon Cone, CTE and PLTW Instructor & SkillsUSA Advisor, Campbell County High School, Gillette, WY

“The redesign project is a part of my curriculum and has been for years.  My students are involved in innovation and invention as a major engineering project.  We work on learning the Autodesk Inventor software, as well as the Design Brief Process and problem solving. When any of my students are recognized, it is a major achievement in my classroom.  The year one of my teams placed with the “Hydraulic Walker,” and I thought these students were going to jump out of their skin!  It was printed in the school news, etc. They were so proud. It also reinforces that ‘it can be done’ and they can be successful in their achievements.”

~ Betty Reese, Instructor, Elsik high school, Houston, TX


The sooner you submit, the more opportunity you will have for feedback from the GrabCAD community.

For more information on Extreme Redesign Challenge, visit:

For entry details and submissions, visit:

Gina Scala

Gina Scala

Gina Scala is Stratasys’ director of marketing for worldwide education where she works to listen to the voice of the education customer and translate that into meaningful marketing messages and product solutions that meet teaching and learning needs for schools. Prior to this role she served as Vice President of education & professional development at the Direct Marketing Association. Gina has a strong background in both marketing and education. Prior to DMA, she served as Director of Marketing for a global professional development company, Editure, where she was responsible for the marketing strategy and development for six subsidiary companies. She also worked for education publishers: Sadlier, delivering in-service training, and Pearson Education as an educational product manager. Scala holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the Pennsylvania State University, a MA in special education from The College of New Jersey and she is a credentialed teacher in the state of NJ. She is most proud however of her two amazing children who inspire her each day as they learn about the world around them.


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