Design Challenge 2016


Winners of the Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2016
On Wednesday March 23rd, Erik de Bruijn, Co-founder of Ultimaker and Chairman of the Jury, announced the winners of the Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2016. From a group of 47 contestants, both professionals and students, 3 finalists were selected per category.

The two winners that succeeded best at achieving the assignment to redesign an existing product for additive manufacturing: 

  • Team AtoS AM Engineering (Atos SE, Spain) with their ‘Aerospace Integrated Bearing’ won in the professionals category. The have successfully demonstrated the benefits of additive manufacturing in their design of a ball and socket joint to orientate solar panels of a satellite.
  • The winner in the students category is Cassidy Silbernagel, from the University of Nottingham, UK. He designed an innovative electric motor casing to fit into an existing crank shaft case of a regular motorcycle enabling electrification.

Special mention was for the parametric tool for customized 3D printed facade connections for glass panels in the construction industry of Juhun Lee and Paul Kassabian.

‚ÄčThe winners took home the latest Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer, a free licence of Altair’s design optimization software, Autodesk's NetFabb software and a 3D metal printed Additive World Award by AddLab. 


Winner professional category:                                                   Winner student category:
Team AtoS AM Engineering, Atos SE, Spain                             Cassidy  Silbernagel, University of Nottingham, UK                                                        

Finalists Design Challenge 2016 demonstrate potential industrial 3D printing
Professionals and students redesign products for a broad range of applications

On Wednesday March 9th, Additive Industries announced the finalists of Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2016. From a group of 47 contestants, both professionals and students, 3 finalists were selected per category.
The products redesigned for additive manufacturing by the finalists show a broad range of opportunities. The selected designs are from the aerospace field (liquid rocket nozzle, bell crank for an Airbus helicopter & an integrated bearing for satellite solar arrays), automotive industry (motor casing to convert motorcycle from gasoline to electric) and consumer markets (bicycle frame custom lugs & teapot). The products clearly illustrate the freedom of the designer, potential to reduce the number of parts or integrate them, the possibility to create lighter structures and vary the material properties within a part. On Wednesday evening March 23rd, Erik de Bruijn, chairman of the jury, has announced the winners at the Additive World Awards Dinner in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The designs are (from left to right, first top row then bottom):

  • Team Crius Tek (Smith & Nephew, USA): liquid rocket nozzle (professional)
  • Team TUHH - Liebherr (Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany): bell crank (professional)
  • Team AtoS AM Engineering (Atos SE, Spain): aerospace integrated bearing (professional)
  • Team Custom Lugs (Aalto University, Finland): bicycle frame custom lugs (student)
  • Menna Moustafa El Rewiny (Helwan University, Egypt): teapot (student)
  •  Cassidy Silbernagel (The University of Nottingham, UK): motor casing (student)

Finalists category: professionals

  • The professionals from ATOS SE from Spain show how to benefit from the additive manufacturing capabilities by creating a new integrated orientation system concept, which unifies a multiple–parts solution into a one-part design: ‘Aerospace Integrated Bearing’. 
  • The German team of TUHH – Liebherr (Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg), optimised the design of the bell crank for an Airbus Helicopter for weight and cost reduction. 
  • The American firm Smith & Nephew decided that AM could have a great potential in the development of a regenerative liquid rocket engine and they have designed the light-weight, regenerative cooling liquid rocket nozzle and combustion chamber. 

Finalists category: students

  • The team ‘Custom Lugs’ from the Aalto University (Finland) used a high degree of freedom in design for their bicycle frame custom lugs, to reduce the amount of manual labour in the production of customized bicycle frames from steel.
  • The student from the University of Nottingham (UK), Cassidy Silbernagel, has reached his goal to assemble a custom electric motor into a cylinder casing and an existing crank shaft case through his innovative motor casing design. 
  • The Egyptian student Menna Moustafa El Rewiny has designed an untraditional teapot, far from symmetrical rounded forms and also fully integrated the lid into the body. 

The Jury

Mr. Erik de Bruijn (Chairman): Co-founder Ultimaker
Mr Rein van der Mast: Manager Design & Engineering at Additive Industries and AddLab
Mr Mirko Bromberger: Director Marketing & Additive Manufacturing Strategy Altair Germany
Mr. David SK Wong: Head/Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Nanyang Polytechnic
Mr Janne Kyttanen:  a Digital Sculptor creating multidisciplinary work at the intersection of 3D printing, virtual & augmented reality

From left to the right: Mr. David SK Wong (Nanyang Polytechnic, jury member), Janne Kyttanen (Digital Sculptor, jury member), Erik de Bruijn (Ultimaker, chairman of the jury), Rein van der Mast (AddLab, jury member), Mirko Bromberger (Altair, jury member).

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