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We’re Kicking Off the 2018 Extreme Redesign Challenge Today

Are you a design or engineering student who has a unique idea and an interest in 3D printing?   Do you have an innovative solution that will surely impact the world for the greater good that needs a venue for discovery? Our 14th annual Extreme Redesign challenge kicks off today.  It’s our annual contest for students who have thoughtfully created form designs that bring purposeful solutions to life. Of all the entries submitted, we will choose 10 designs in each of the awards categories to focus our final selection on.

How do I submit an entry?

STL files submitted to our GrabCAD challenge platform are then categorized in a variety of ways to be judged by our team on the following attributes:

  • Mechanical design – What’s the practical purpose and functional form of the design?
  • Design creativity – Is this object unique and interesting in its idea, form and function?
  • Product usefulness – What is the reason for the design’s existence? Does it serve a useful purpose or solve a human centric problem?
  • Aesthetics – Applies to the art, jewelry and architecture category – Since it’s categorized as art, is beauty a central focus of the design?

Deadlines and Announcements:

Entries for the 2018 Extreme Redesign Challenge may be submitted now through February 26, 2018.

  • The finalists will be announced by April 2018.
  • The winners will be announced by May 2018.

Awards Categories:

Additionally, you can be a student in any of the following awards categories, living anywhere in the world:

  • Engineering: Secondary Education (middle/high school)
  • Engineering: Post-Secondary (university, college, or post-secondary)
  • Art, Jewelry & Architecture (any grade level)
  • NCATC: Engineering: Post-Secondary (Network School Member)


What are the awards you ask? Well, if your design is chosen to be in the top 10, you will receive a printed form of your design, as well as a Stratasys Extreme Redesign apparel item and some awesome tech tattoo stickers.  If you win first place in your submitted category, you will receive a $2500 (USD) and a 3D printer for your school to use for a year. Second place winners will receive $1000 (USD) and winners in the NATC category will win $1000 (USD) as well.

Check out this video produced by last year’s winner in the Engineering: Secondary Education category.  Grayson Galisky created a biomimetic robotic prosthetic hand that moves using robotics.

For more information on Extreme Redesign Challenge, and to view the 2017 winners, visit our website.

To learn more about the contest, it’s timeline and how to submit an entry, click here.

Be sure to follow our Facebook Page for updates and conversation on the progress of this year’s challenge.


This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)

Carrie Wyman

Carrie Wyman

Carrie is a technology and 3D printing enthusiast, with a passion for beautiful design.

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